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Summer has had its own ideas of what it should do this year in Victoria. Beyond the usual seasons in one day many summer days have had very low temperatures for this time of year and quite a lot of rain. Of course, the rain has been welcomed, especially at a time when other states are suffering greatly through wide-reaching, dangerous and disastrous bushfires.

Rain and cooler temperatures can be just as enjoyable, as the saying goes “there is no bad weather only inappropriate clothes”. Inclement weather presents an equally enjoyable stay in the villas, some would say you get to enjoy the villa more in fact, and appreciate its cosiness, space and great attention to detail.  And you can even be rewarded with a perfect rainbow or two.

A cosy fire, a game of Scrabble, a cup of tea or a glass of wine picked from the vast choice at the Crittenden Wine Centre guarantees an enjoyable evening or afternoon inside the spacious villas. Groceries can be picked up from the amazing IGA at Dromana, and it is truly amazing with the widest choice of cheeses, meat, specialty foods a, fruit and veggies and so much more – you could spend hours in here making difficult choices.  A word of advice – do not go on an empty stomach. For your evening meal, if you are not up to visiting a local restaurant, a platter of cheeses and cured meats or a ready-made meal(of which there are many)that do not require a lot of preparation or a barbecued steak or fish on the outdoor barbecue will ensure your evening will be a fine one indeed. And maybe, just maybe, the sun will come out just in time for your pre-dinner drinks, and with wraps and blankets you can enjoy the peace and calm of the lake and surrounding vineyard.

The next morning, a brisk walk around the lake or vineyard will inspire appetite, for which your breakfast hamper has been intended. Eggs, bacon, tomatoes and toasted bread accompanied by great coffee and tea will give you enough energy to explore the surrounding areas, all-weather ready. An umbrella and shopping bag ready for your groceries are at hand and you are ready to go. Or if the weather is really bad you can spend the morning reading in the very comfy bed or on the sofa and venture out for complimentary wine tasting at the Crittenden Wine Centre which opens at 10.30 am.

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The Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate proudly acknowledge the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which Crittenden Estate is built. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.