The B&B at Westgate is large, roomy and very comfortable with stunning views in all directions. The house is orientated to the East to make the most of the morning sun and the views of the vineyards below and the Pyrenees Ranges beyond.

Located only three kilometres from the Western Highway between Ararat and the wine village of Great Western, it is very peaceful, relaxing and quiet surrounded by farm land. Westgate is still a working farm of 700 acres with sheep, cattle and horses. The vineyard comprises 40 acres of mostly Shiraz grapes.

 

History

Westgate has a long history of being a weekender.  It was settled in 1860 by Matthew Dalkin who ran a hardware store on the goldfields and he came to Westgate to get away from the hustle and bustle of life on the goldfields.  He built the original house of stone just off the brow of the hill on the ridge overlooking the Pyrenees Ranges to the East.  To the West is the magnificent Grampians Ranges.

The property has always been used for sheep and wool production and at times cattle have also been run depending on climatic conditions and markets. There have been small areas of cropping but due to the topography and soil structure, it is difficult to crop large areas.  The first vines were planted at Westgate in 1969 from some of the oldest rootstock in Australia and included Shiraz, Riesling and Trebbiano.  The current varieties are still Shiraz and Riesling with small areas of Chardonnay, Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier.

Descendants of Matthew Dalkin built a second house in the late 1950’s to accommodate the expanding family. This was lived in by up to three generations of the Dalkin family up until the 1990’s. It was then sympathetically renovated to maintain the charm of the era whilst offering all the modern conveniences in a fully self-contained house and the Westgate Vineyard and Country House was born.

Westgate Vineyard & Country House

In 2011, your hosts, Tim and Fiona Morris found Westgate after a lot of searching for something that was just right. We had a long list of pre-requisites some of them being; we wanted a farm big enough to sustain us without having to work off farm, more than one enterprise to spread risk, views and an old house to live in with charm.  We fell in love with Westgate at first site and put things in motion to make it happen.

The views from all parts of Westgate are in our opinion, ‘good for the soul!’ We hope you’ll agree.

We are ideally suited to groups either looking for a base to explore the renowned Grampians and Pyrenees regions or to relax and unwind in the pleasant, calming surrounds.  There are plenty of wineries to sample and also lots of other various entertainments for groups and families.