Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has revealed plans for its debut Australian property at Victoria’s Burnham Beeches, the heritage mansion and estate located 40 kilometres from Melbourne, in the Dandenong Ranges.
The original three-story Art Deco Streamline Moderne mansion (added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 1991), and the extensive Alfred Nicolas Memorial Gardens which neighbour the property, are managed by Parks Victoria.
Six Senses Burnham Beeches will initially comprise 43 guest accommodations plus hospitality venues, including a welcome lounge and terrace, a restaurant with outdoor seating, a library bar, and a rooftop retreat. The interior design will be a contemporary interpretation of classic elegance.
Bespoke craftsmanship and panelling will contrast with unexpected décor and curiosities. These playful and patterned spaces will be reminiscent of the mansion’s original Art Deco flamboyance, where joy once bubbled, and champagne corks flew.
Guest rooms will offer individual layouts and spread over the mansion’s three main wings. There will also be a separate two-bedroom cottage with interconnecting one-bedroom suite within the site’s Hilltop Retreat.
The masterplan will incorporate a premium and glamping offer to bring the total accommodations to 82.
Six Senses Burnham Beeches’ sprawling farm gardens will provide fruit and vegetables for the restaurants and the herb garden will produce healing and aromatic plants for use in Alchemy Bar workshops and Six Senses Spa treatments.
There will also be a premium glamping offering at the Hilltop Retreat to allow for a non-intrusive, non-permanent, and eco-friendly alternative to staying at the mansion.
Six Senses Spa will provide a botanical environment housing a welcome lounge and boutique, tea lounge, treatment rooms, gym, hydro area and sauna, and comfy relaxation spaces. A separate pool house complex will accommodate the Earth Lab, boosting the estate’s capacity to serve the community and the ecosystems that underpin the place.
“For Six Senses Burnham Beeches to be regenerative, it will not be a static place,” said Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses. “We’ll evolve and respond to bring the rich heritage of Burnham Beeches to life, inviting moments of exploration, discovery, connection to nature, and delight through interactive gastronomy, wellness, and sustainability experiences.”
Trenerry Consortium announced its acquired Burnham Beeches in early 2021 and has since assembled an industry-leading project team, including development manager Trenerry Property; principal architects Woods Bagot; noted Australian builders Hamilton Marino managing the restoration and build; and landscape architects Oculus.
Serving as community liaison consultant, Sophie Paterson, great-granddaughter of the original Alfred Nicholas, says, “as a family, we are so excited at the prospect of our beloved family home finally being restored. Sitting neglected for far too long, this beautiful heritage home needs to be shared, and we could not be more pleased with the involvement of Six Senses as its new custodians.”
Trenerry Consortium’s masterplan also includes a Village Square gathering place which will encompass stores run by locals, including The Hearth, The Barn, Steak House, The Baker, Brew House, and Providore.
Subject to receiving the support of all stakeholders, Six Senses Burnham Beeches is slated to open in mid-2025.