Need to know
Four suites, each occupying an entire floor of the building it sits in.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Late check-out will be charged at AU$100 an hour. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $312.10 (AU$409), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Breakfast (a hamper with eggs, bread, yoghurt and muesli, dropped off each morning) is usually included.
Don't leave without nibbling on the in-room yo-yos, which have nabbed second prize in Port Fairy's regional baking competition several years in a row. Internet addicts: expect to be pleasantly surprised by the high-speed WiFi, something of a feat for regional Victoria.
At the hotel
Library, stash of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, radio, iPod dock, maxibar, bathrobes, Grown Alchemist bath products. Each room also has a kitchenette with a hob (Two, Three and Four have a microwave), sink, kettle and coffee machine.
Our favourite rooms
Forget cookie-cutter rooms: each of Drift House's four bedrooms is completely different. We love ground-floor Three, whose walls are decked out in toffee-brown reclaimed timber from the original building. This room has an elegant rectangular bath positioned between the bed and the living area, a shower room decorated with hexagonal white tiles and an outside balcony with an open fire. To spy on Moyne River from the comfort of your own top-floor balcony, book green-and-grey Two, decorated with an urban mural by arty owner Colleen (bathing belles take note: this suite doesn't have a tub). Movie buffs: book Four and make the most of the massive projector.
There's a rectangular 10m solar-heated pool in the gardens, shielded by a reclaimed rock wall. (Of course, you've also got the beach close by.)
Indulgent groceries for dinners in; your smart phone for Instagraming the interiors; a bottle of champagne to sink in one of the tubs. If you’re bedding down in Three, bring thick socks to pad across the polished concrete floor in.
Smokers: even if you’ve got a balcony, don’t light up – smoking isn’t permitted within the hotel’s grounds.
This hotel is for adults only – leave the little Smiths at home.