The Royal Mail Hotel | February 26, 2010

I think I'm in love.

In my search for venues for our Engagement Party, I stumbled upon the most beautiful location out in Dunkeld, Victoria. Situated at the base of  Mt. Sturgeon, the Royal Mail Hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant with  'unique, nature-based cuisine' that The Age describes as  "brave and ultra-modern, without being faddish....rustic, in complete sympathy with the seasons and beautiful to boot".

Surrounding orchards and the restaurant's own kitchen gardens provide the produce utilised in each visually stunning dish. See this video for insight into the process.

With unique and artistic cuisine, luxury hotel accommodation, cosy bluestone cottages, an impressive 1840's colonial homestead and the most stunning views of the Southern Grampians Ranges, The Royal Mail Hotel looks to be the perfect setting for a destination wedding.

"Destination" being the key word. It's about 5 hours drive from Melbourne, a major deterrent in our investigation of it as a viable engagement party venue. But it's definitely on the list for a future weekend getaway... make that a long weekend. :)

From the images, there appears to be something truly magical and uniquely Australian about this place but if you're still not sold, make sure to check out the inspiring video.

posted under: Engagement Party, Food, Parties, Travel, Weddings


  1. pretty pretty pictures
  2. What a beautiful place!!
    and I love food with flowers! so pretty!
    what a cute blog! I`ll come back for more!
    have a wonderful weekend :)
  3. rin | Feb 28, 2010
    food with flowers... that really is something i'd like to try.
  4. gosh I want to go there now! beautiful images.
  5. Dunkeld and the Royal Mail is actually only 260km or 3hrs from Melbourne. Most people are surprised to know that 80% of Royal Mail weddings are brides and grooms from Melbourne looking for a unique destination wedding focusing on quality food and wine.

    Feel free to contact me if you'd like to arrange a personalised tour of the facilities and grounds.
  6. Are those edible flowers? And is that okra on the plate? Not sure if it's the best wedding meal, but you bet they look so nice!
  7. Yes, i have been dying to go the royal mail as well. Dan Hunter's food philosophy is as admiral as it is awe inspiring. Plus, anyone who can make a plate look so floral and beautiful must be a genius.
    Congrats on your surprise wedding. The photos look divine!
  8. What a beautiful place. I would love to go to Australia some day. Thanks for the great post.
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