Lon Retreat opened its doors in October 2018 as a home-hotel and a 20 year dream fulfilled for owners Claire & Rob Gemes on the family farm. They have created a place where guests can disconnect from the busyness of their lives and reconnect with the beautiful experiences that can be found in slowing down and keeping things simple. The antidote to a busy life.
The farm, worked by Claire's family for over 100 years spanning seven generations, is a wonderful source of food, productive work, nature inspired restoration, knowledge, recreation, healing and peace. Limestone caves were discovered underground a century ago and what was once the traditional sandstone family home has now been renovated by Claire & Rob to be the perfect blend of house and hotel.
And now some insight from Claire's Mum Sue
(Chief Baker, Head Gardener, Florist Extraordinaire)
"Hello my name is Susan Hanley and I grew up on the Farm where Lon Retreat now stands. Lon is a legacy project for our children and will play a vital role in nurturing the community, environment and anyone who takes the time to watch the weather roll in across the ocean.
Our family farm has been part of the life of Point Lonsdale since the late 19th Century. William Edward Longuehaye (1829-1907), a retired Bank Manager, built a colonial cottage for his wife Susannah and two adult daughters, on top of the hill by the sea, not far from where Lon Retreat stands today.
William was my great, great Grandfather and my daughter Claire, the owner of Lon, is sixth generation of our family working on the farm.
A second home was soon added for grandson Warwick and his wife Susan and the farm expanded to 360 acres of farm fields, coastal scrub and wetlands running along the southern coastline and around Lake Victoria to present day Emily Street.
Luxury Bed & Breakfast accommodation was built in 1997 called 'Lonsdale Views' and redeveloped in 2017/18 as Lon Retreat & Spa for you to share the peace and bounty of our farm."
Susan & Family