Mira Mira on the wall what’s the most fantastical accommodation of all?
What’s your fantasy? For some the term conjures up fairytale worlds of castles and dragons. For others it’s a vision of a tranquil space to meditate in and contemplate. Or perhaps sexual fantasies are your ‘go-to.’ Whatever takes your fancy.
Mira Mira Fantasy Accommodation was created for all such forms of imaginative play.
The 20-acre property is only an hour and a bit from Melbourne but a world apart. A dragon’s tale twirls around the gateway and entering reception, in Dragon Manor, is like entering the dragon’s lair.
The property rests on Gippsland’s emerald fields. While there are no cows, there are fantastical beasts such as llamas and sleek racehorses and an inquisitive camel loves poking his snout over a neighbouring fence.
A magical pond turns steely black reflecting swaying trees and billowing clouds. Mira, Mira’s present owner Carl Ward says: ‘The property’s name came from the Aboriginal word Mira which means reflection.’ And how perfect is the immediate connection that comes to mind of the wicked queen interrogating the mirror about her beauty?
Carl’s father, the retired builder Nobby Ward and his wife Sheila, retired here nearly 20 years ago in order to build the dwellings that Melbourne’s city councils might not have had the foresight to accept.
In the Japanese Zen abode, for example, construction juts out over a large tranquil pond. The Ward’s travels to Japan and the 17th-century Katsura Palace in Kyoto influenced their design. Imagine the soft fall of your slippered feet crossing immaculately polished floorboards, the soundless sliding of shoji screens, rustic straw ceilings and delicate ikebana arrangements. Sip wine curled up on the couch, or soak in the huge spa bath watching the dancing sunbeams swirling on the water outside. Frogs chorus you from nearby bulrushes and the bushland is punctuated with the fiery flames of Japanese maples.
Tanglewood is sited in another tucked-away corner. At first sight the squat mushroom seems a cross between a Hobbit dwelling and a fairy tree house. As someone wrote in the visitors’ book: ‘I feel like the elves have gone to the shops and I have invaded their little home.’ Tanglewood is Australian bush homage to the architect Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi—not a straight line in sight. Doors fit as snuggly but as uniquely as jigsaw pieces. Walls have swirls of painted trees, their roots and slender trunks snaking towards the ceiling. The floor is a sunburst mosaic of highly polished shards of marble. Sleeping options are under a glass-domed ceiling framing the stars or in the tree bedroom where your balcony abuts the treetops. Floaty mauve curtains and a twinkling fairy light bathroom make this a favourite for girl’s weekends but children would love this fairy tale setting.
Not for children but popular with couples celebrating wedding anniversaries are dalliances in the Cave. The entrance is through the mouth of Magog down a longish gynocentric passage. A mine comes to mind but suddenly claustrophobia is averted as the passage brightens into a cavernous suite. There are large picture windows although as the structure is underground these are built into the side of a hill so no-one can see you. Perhaps just as well. The aptly named Master Room with its four-poster queen-size bed has an array of implements —whips that wouldn’t do any real damage, chastity belts, hand ties and raunchy magazines. Or you could sleep in the BedWomb; your own private cave with animal-print pillows and furry throws. Fun to be had in the caveman’s lair.
Mira, Mira is a place for fantasy lovers. It would suit anyone playing out scenarios from popular TV series such as Vikings or Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings followers should come on down.
Reading through the visitors’ book, most people entertain returning. As one woman wrote, ‘The Cave next. I’m already planning my costume.’
One thing to be aware of is that you are living in ‘a work of art’. While there are all the mod cons and the retreats are scrupulously clean, much of the amazing paintwork is original; slightly faded but no less glorious. So if you want your mind blown in the wiles of Gippsland, off you go.
Price: Two-night accommodation including a generous breakfast hamper is $500 per couple on weekend or $400 midweek. This is based on the use of one bedroom. Use of additional bedrooms are $100 and depending on your fantasies you may well need two.
by Nadine Creswell-Myatt
t: (03) 5626 7200
a: Mira Mira Fantasy Accomodation(, 1392 Bloomfield Road, Crossover, (off the Princes Highway)