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 $294.11 (AU$415), 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, Aspar 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.
This hotel is for adults only – leave the little Smiths at home.