Ambient stay in YV heart

The Alpine Retreat Hotel. 198774 Picture: ROB CAREW

The Alpine Retreat Hotel is a little over an hours drive from Melbourne, right in the heart of Warburton and the Yarra Valley.

The hotel offers a place to stay for visitors from all walks of life, whether it be for a romantic gathering, juggling a family of six, a group of cyclists looking for a rest or even a lone backpacker.

It also hosts facilities for business conferences or seminars and weddings.

The hotel has been in continuous operation since 1928 and has been owned and operated by Colin Doherty for the past 14 years.

The staff that work there have plenty of experience in their fields.

Head chef Lachlan Dickson has 10 years experience, while the venue manager, Vicki Marshall has 14 years of experience.

Meanwhile, Colin himself has over 30 years experience in the hotel industry.

Guests can enjoy staying in a central Warburton location, with access to surrounding walking and bike tracks.

The heritage building is home to 20 rooms, each with ensuites, and Colin claims some of the best features include the ambience and views.

Guests can return to the hotel after a day out exploring and receive bar service with weekly lunch and dinner specials. There are also special deals for seniors.

Some other perks include free wifi, el fresco dining and a pool table.

Guests can also find numerous attractions in close proximity such as Mt Donna Buang, Mt Victoria, the Redwood Forest, The Waburton Waterwheel Visitor Information Centre, the Ada Tree, the Rainforest Gallery and The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.

For more information, visit or call 5966 2411.