Welcome to TS Valley Villa Luxury Retreat in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia.
Your hosts are Denise and Patrick McCann who describe themselves as wine connoisseurs, restaurant gourmands, art lovers and gallivanters. Anywhere their travels take them, they seek out food, wine, museums, galleries and markets. It is all about people, place and produce.
Denise and Patrick bought the property as a “tree change” after the loss of their only son, Aidan, to Cystic Fibrosis in 2006. Then in 2009, disaster struck again when the house was completely destroyed in the Black Saturday bushfires.
They embarked on, what turned out to be, a four-year project to rebuild. With a background in architecture, Patrick designed the initial layout and then worked closely with their architect who delivered on their vision. To find a builder who would have the same passion and vision was easier to find than expected. Their dear friend and successful builder, Gary (with his lovely Blue Heeler, Lote) delivered in spades and built the house with passion, enthusiasm and incredible attention to detail.
Patrick’s corporate life spans more than 30 years in the IT sector specialising in Artificial Intelligence, Voice Biometrics and Digital Solutions for some of the world’s biggest companies. He holds an MBA and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Besides his passion for new technologies, Patrick is currently writing a children’s book, a book on consumerism and produces his own contemporary art, most of which you will see around the house.
Denise’s passion is wine and hospitality! She has more than 25 years experience in corporate hospitality, is a WSET qualified Sommelier and has worked in and around the wineries of Yarra Valley since 2001. She has run her own wine events company, Women Of Wine since 2007.
After a 4 year stint in singapore, Denise and Patrick are currently living in Japan and thoroughly enjoy that their house is regularly filled with fabulous gourmet food and wine travellers who get to enjoy the best the Yarra Valley has to offer.
Denise and Patrick often say:
TS Valley Villa Luxury Retreat provides them the space to breathe and to honour their son’s mantra to Live Life To The Full.
Oh and just in case you were wondering….the TS stands for “Tuscany Schmuscany”!!