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The Hidden Gem that is Kanturk

Kanturk Country Retreat is a beautiful, peaceful, family-friendly getaway located in Langwarrin South, the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and about 50 mins from the Melbourne CBD.

In the 20-plus years we have called Kanturk our home, we have developed, renovated and sculpted the property to be an eco friendly, peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

My favourite spot - the deck of The Pool House near the ornamental dam.

I am currently sitting in the sunshine in the glorious garden as butterflies and dragonflies’ flit around, listening to the sounds of the numerous bird species chattering away in the background as I work. To say I feel fortunate to call Kanturk my home and my office space is an understatement.

As a digital nomad, I have travelled extensively and set up office in many incredible places around the world. In the past 6 months before returning home, I have worked in Bali and Malaysia, Greece, Ireland and the UK. I experienced my first ever London snow over Christmas and set up shop in a cute little café next to many ancient ruins in Greece.

After recently returning from my year-long post-covid working holiday, it still never ceases to amaze me just how beautiful the environment at Kanturk is. The many nooks and hidden alcoves located around the almost 9-acres of garden inspires a level of creativity, connectedness and grounding that I rarely experience in other parts of the world.

The bush paths where I like to try 'forest bathing'.

The gardens boast numerous pathways that wind through the bushland perfect for exploring and participating in the Japanese coined activity of 'forest bathing'- an immersion in nature.

There is also a three-hole golf course that wraps around the infrastructure of the property that includes the swimming pool, tennis court, natural dam, organic veggie and herb garden, orchard and medicinal garden make for an exciting array of activities and learning opportunities for the whole family.

One of the three fairways at Kanturk.

We are fortunate each year to be visited by a family of ducks (and ducklings in Spring) who have based themselves on our ornamental dam. And I have recently found out that native turtles are thriving on it. One guest counted at least 15 sun baking on the water surface. A sight that delighted them. I enjoy keeping an eye out as I drink my morning cup of coffee on the deck.

I can reach out and pat these seasonal visitors.

During a stay at Kanturk you would be pushed to explore all the property has to offer, let alone the multitude of family and couple-friendly activities nearby on the Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast.

As such, we’ve decided to make the process of planning your ideal escape away on the Mornington Peninsula a bit easier for you.

The perfect spot to relax and recharge your batteries.

Whether you’re planning a respite stay to rest and charge your batteries, a couples’ getaway, a weekend escape with friends and family, or an alternative to the more active bucks or hens weekend, we are sure to have some great suggestions for you (such as the frisbee golf and whiskey tasting, soap making sessions, or face mask pampering sessions).

These ladies are taking part in my Irish soap making class.

If you are interested in learning a bit more about some of the hidden gems of Kanturk and the Mornington Peninsula (from a local’s perspective), be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates (and possible promotions) directly to your inbox, or contact us about your next getaway.

Until we meet again.


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