Situated in a quiet residential street on exclusive Whiskey Hill in Ascot Vale and overlooking the beautiful Maribyrnong River, our fully renovated 1920s Edwardian home is a luxurious base for both recreational and business travel.
Located only 7.5km north-west of the central business district and a 15 minute drive from Tullamarine Airport, trams, buses, trains, taxis and planes are all within easy access. It’s an ideal position for visiting many of Melbourne’s top attractions, as well as some of greater Victoria’s spectacular destinations, while still having easy access to the city centre.
When you stay with us, you will be our sole guest and have your own private space on the upper level of our home, which includes:
- bedroom with block-out blinds, queen bed and latex mattress, pillows and bed linen for a great night’s sleep;
- living area with comfortable leather couch, 37” flat screen tv, fridge, microwave and tea and coffee making facilities (including plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery);
- large bathroom with bath, rain shower, luxury towels, hair-dryer and essential toiletries;
- separate toilet;
- large timber deck overlooking the rear garden;
- table and chairs for internal or external use;
- iron and ironing board;
- hangers and hanging space;
- heating and air-conditioning;
- wi-fi; and
- your own private entrance, so that you can come and go as you please.
Please note that there is no kitchen or laundry. If you are considering a longer stay (minimum 5 nights) and are after kitchen or laundry facilities, message us to enquire about availability and price.
Interaction with guests
We live on the lower level and will be there for you if you need us, but we respect your privacy. Feel free to ask us for tips or information if you like doing things yourself, or take advantage of our personalised services so you can focus entirely on your work or play.
While you’re our guest, we want your stay to be relaxing and memorable, and we’re here to help make that happen.
We pride ourselves on serving healthy, fresh, homemade breakfasts. However, we recognise that you may not want breakfast, or may prefer to experience Melbourne’s café culture, so our accommodation price does not include breakfast.
If you choose to have breakfast with us, you can expect fresh juice and good coffee (or tea, if that’s your preference), served with the likes of organic toasted muesli with almonds and fruit; potato, red pepper and feta frittata; or pesto eggs on toast, just to name a few. To keep your experience as fresh as our food, you’ll have a different breakfast every morning based on what’s available and taking into consideration any food allergies or dislikes you may have.
Victoria is the food and wine capital of Australia and Melbourne’s city centre has a myriad of restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars in which you can experience some of the world’s greatest cuisines.
Closer to us, nearby Mt Alexander Road boasts a lively entertainment precinct with restaurants, cafés and bars, while historical Union Road and Puckle Street offer a more laid back dining atmosphere. All can be accessed in just a few minutes by car or tram. Alternatively, take a stroll to celebrity chef Gary Mehigan's Boathouse restaurant, on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, or one of the many other restaurants that are only a stone’s throw away.
If you don’t feel like searching for that perfect restaurant experience, you can unwind upstairs in Ascot Vale and savor some of our own creative fair. With a love of cooking and a passion for food and wine, we can cater for almost any palate and dietary requirement with sufficient notice (a minimum 24 hours’ notice is required). Tell us what you like and we’ll try to please you, or better yet, try some of the signature dishes that we have on offer.
When you have a meal with us, you can decide when you would like to eat. We serve breakfast any time before noon and other meals up to 9pm.
Maribyrnong River: With the beautiful Maribyrnong River at the bottom of the hill and parklands on either side, you can leave the city behind and have a change of pace. Go for a walk or run along the river, or have a hit of tennis or golf just around the corner, at Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre.
Flemington Racecourse: If you’re visiting for the Spring Racing Carnival, Flemington Racecourse is only 3km (a short tram ride) away. Moonee Valley Racecourse is also nearby, if you’re coming earlier for the Cox Plate.
Melbourne Showgrounds: Even closer is the Melbourne Showgrounds, if you’re visiting for the Royal Melbourne Show or one of the many trade shows, exhibitions, expos or festivals that are held there each year.
Highpoint Shopping Centre: Melbourne is Australia's best shopping destination, and we are also a short tram ride, or walk along the river, to Australia’s fourth largest shopping centre, Highpoint, with over 500 specialty fashion, homewares and lifestyle stores, and even a Hoyts cinema complex if you feel like seeing a movie while you’re there.
Other attractions within easy reach by train, tram or bike include historical Williamstown, Etihad Stadium, the Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square and Southbank.
We are an ideal base for day-trips into the west, north and north-west parts of Victoria. Visit the rugged beaches and wineries around Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula, 1 hour away, before doing one of the world's most scenic coastal drives along the Great Ocean Road. Visit the mineral spas, wellness retreats, and wineries around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, 50 minutes away, or the goldfields and wineries further afield around Ballarat and Heathcote, 1.5 hours away.
If you love wine, you will love this part of Victoria in particular. Heathcote, the closest warm climate wine region to Melbourne, is renowned as one of the best Shiraz growing regions in Australia and famous for its velvety and often spicy Shiraz. Wineries in the other cooler climate regions are popular for their production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wines. The wineries of Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Macedon region, which begins only 30 minutes away from us, at Sunbury, and spreads to the rolling hills of the Macedon Ranges and Kyneton, are also some of the few regions in Australia with predominantly small, family-owned wineries, and offer a unique tasting experience in that the winemaker will usually be pouring your tasting at the cellar door.
If you’d like to do a day trip and you don’t have a car, check out Groupon for discounted group tours to popular destinations like the Great Ocean Road.
Trams, trains, buses, taxis and planes are all within easy access.
To get to us from Tullamarine Airport by car:
Take the Tullamarine Freeway and get off at the Bulla Road exit. Make sure to get off at this exit to avoid paying tolls and driving a longer route than necessary. Continue south along Bulla Road to Crown Terrace via Lincoln Road, Buckley Street, Waverley Street, Orford Street, Maribyrnong Road and Woods St.
We offer airport transfers for about the same price as a taxi, if you would like to get here without hassle and avoid unnecessary tolls and extra travel costs. Speak to us about this when you book.
To get to us from Melbourne city centre:
By train: Catch a Craigieburn line train to Ascot Vale station and then either:
- walk to Ascot Vale Road (5 minutes), catch a route 82 Footscray tram to stop 41 Maribyrnong Park (5 minutes) and walk to 7 Crown Terrace (5 minutes); or
- walk to 7 Crown Terrace (20 minutes).
By tram: Catch a route 57 tram to stop 41 Maribyrnong Park and walk to 7 Crown Terrace (5 minutes)
Important things to note:
Arrival and Departure: You are welcome to check in any time after 2pm. We request that you check out by 11am. If you require an extended departure time, please ask us in advance and we will try to accommodate you.
Heating and air-conditioning: We ask that you turn all heating and air-conditioning off before exiting the house for any period longer than 1 hour.
Smoking: Upstairs in Ascot Vale is a 100% smoke-free environment. Due to the timber construction of the property and the surrounding trees and shrubs, smoking is prohibited both internally and externally, within the property perimeter.
Children and additional guests: We welcome a maximum of two adults per booking. Upstairs in Ascot Vale is not suitable for young children, and we do not provide additional bedding.