Linda Crittenden is literally putting the Mornington Peninsula on Australia’s tourism map.

The owner/manager of Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate has accepted bronze at the prestigious 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards (the tourism industry’s premier awards program). Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate placed third in the Best Self Contained Accommodation category – a pretty sweet bragging right.

Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate qualified for the nationals after winning gold in the Best Self Contained Accommodation category at the 2016 Victorian Tourism Awards in November. For the hard working mother-of-two, it’s all still sinking in. She, husband Rollo and their two boys headed to the February 24 gala event in Darwin figuring they would enjoy the trip as a family and soak up the experience of making the nationals. “I didn’t expect this!” Linda said. “To come home with a place, against the best in Australia, is huge.” She’s also a first-time entrant.

Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate comprises three fully self contained, 4.5 star accredited boutique villas, constructed entirely over the vineyard lake at Crittenden Estate in Dromana. They feature king size bedrooms, large bathrooms, authentic wood fires, deep spa baths, barbecues on each of the private decks and more. Linda renovated and re-styled the villas after taking over as manager three years ago; she shops locally for her breakfast provisions; leaves lovely little notes for her guests; and she handles all the bookings herself. She’s a perfectionist and it shows.

Linda was under no illusion about the quality of the field she was up against in Darwin. “I’m a one-woman band,” she laughs. As for what’s next, Linda won’t be resting on her laurels any time soon. She returned from her state win last year and launched a new luxury accommodation venue in Hepburn Springs! (Alchemy House: In true Linda Crittenden style, this one’s picture perfect too.

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