Lying on the eastern most tip of the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula (approximately 1 1/4 hours drive from Melbourne), St. Leonards boasts panoramic views over Swan Bay towards the heads and across the bay to the Mornington Peninsula?s Arthur?s Seat. Seascape St. Leonards is situated on the Bluff Road Esplanade, with sweeping views of Port Philip Bay (which, on a clear day, include the Melbourne city skyline).
The cottage has three bedrooms; two with queensize beds and one with two sets of bunk beds. There are two beautiful dining areas and a large entertainment room, complete with colour TV, video, stereo system, sofas and comfortable armchairs. With two toilets, an enormous bathroom offering a romantic bath for two as well as a large shower, Seascape St. Leonards is roomy enough for eight, yet cozy enough for two.
Our accommodation is fully self-contained with a well-equipped kitchen, including a full size stove, microwave and a fridge/freezer. We supply complimentary "goodies" for the start of your holiday, along with candles, and all bedlinen, towels etc.
The front deck has outdoor furniture, making it a great spot for entertaining and enjoying the fantastic bay views. To compliment the great outdoors a BBQ facility is provided. A fenced portion of the yard gives your doggie/s a secure environment in which to enjoy the holidays with you.
Pets Are Very Welcome at Seascape St Leonards
Dogs are also most welcome inside Seascape St. Leonards. We provide a comfy doggie bed beside the floor-to-ceiling windows in the front room (with views of Port Philip Bay) for our canine guests, plus towels to wipe muddy paws, silver service bowls and special treats on arrival.
You and your canine kids can walk for hours on one of Victoria?s unique beaches where dogs are allowed year round. This beach is a 2-minute stroll from the house and runs parallel to Edwards Point Faunal Reserve, which protects a range of natural vegetation and wildlife along a sandy spit beside Swan Bay. Dogs are even allowed in the reserve, as long as they are on a lead.
Things to See and Do whilst staying at Seascape St Leonards
THE BEAUTIFUL BELLARINE PENINSULA
FOOD AND WINE
Enjoy the fruits of soil, sea and vine..........
The Bellarine Peninsula has a long tradition of supplying the best in food and wine. Fertile soils ensure top-quality produce, including berries, apples and vegetables, from the undulating farmlands. Among those same hills are vineyards that generate grapes for the region?s award-winning wines. And the local fishing fleet provides a steady supply of the freshest fish and other seafood caught in the bay and Bass Strait.
Heard it on the grapevine.........
The Peninsula?s reputation as a fine-wine producer grows with every vintage. From humble beginnings, the vineyards and wineries overlooking Port Phillip Bay have blossomed. Some have restaurants or barbecue and picnic facilities. The wineries, among them Scotchman's Hill, Spray Farm and Kilgour Estate, are open for cellar-door sales.
Seafood, eat food..............
Fresh seafood is never in short supply, thanks to the fishing fleets that operate from some of the Peninsula?s villages. Queenscliff has the longest tradition of fishing on the peninsula dating back more than 170 years. Succulent mussels are grown off Portarlington and can be bought at the wharf. On Sunday mornings you can buy an assortment of fresh fish from the fishing boats at the St. Leonards pier.
A number of the Peninsula?s farms give you the chance to pick your own fruit. Wallington's big, juicy strawberries are ripe for the picking in the warmer months from November. Crisp, sweet, juicy apples are another Wallington specialty from February to May. Summer also means delicious blueberries are in season, from Boxing Day to late February.
NATURE AND WILDLIFE
Dozens of bird species, native wildlife and rare and endangered flora are all part of the experience of a visit to the Bellarine Peninsula. Nature reserves, bays, lagoons and wetlands provide the habitat for birds and other animals. Most sites are easily accessed, and some have facilities, including bird hides and picnic areas. Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, located at Barwon Heads, gives visitors a close-up look at native animals.
Edwards Point ............
One of the arms that form Swan Bay, Edwards Point State Reserve is a popular
bird-watching area, especially for rare species like the orange-bellied parrot. Access to the reserve is off Bluff Road, St Leonards. There are dozens of species that inhabit and forage in the area, including wrens, goshawks and wading birds.
The bay?s ecosystem is based on seagrass, intertidal mudflats and salt marshes, and is one of the healthiest of its kind in Port Phillip. In summer and autumn, black swans feed on seagrass while pelicans, cormorants and other water birds can be identified. The rare and endangered orange-bellied parrot uses the saltmarshes as a winter refuge and feeding ground.
Something for everyone.............
Shopping takes on a different feel on the Peninsula. While the main centers have supermarkets, clothing stores, banks and other stores and services found in larger population centres, the Peninsula?s smaller villages have a shopping atmosphere all their own. From boutiques and antiques, to galleries and hardware stores, you?ll find a fascinating range of shops to explore. Bakeries selling delicious home-made goodies are especially popular with visitors.
To market, to market..............
Regular Sunday markets, each with more than 150 stalls, are a big visitor
drawcard of the Peninsula?s villages. The markets feature home-made or grown
goods and produce, including cakes, pastries, jams, arts, crafts and fruits
Just 10 minutes from St. Leonards is charming Queenscliff, steeped in 19th century history. Everywhere you look you?ll see a reminder of this town?s elegant past: imposing Victorian-era hotels, a huge military fortress guarding the entrance to Port Phillip, solid old churches and quaint fishermen?s cottages. But there?s more than history. There are galleries and shops, great places to dine, a tree-lined foreshore and safe beaches.
Explore the villages..............
The Bellarine Peninsula is dotted with many historic villages and holiday resorts. One of the best ways to get a feel for them is with a driving tour. The Peninsula?s compact nature and excellent roads make it easy to get around.