Our Grove

We are spontaneous people that love challenges in life and embrace every opportunity. So when the opportunity to secure this estate in 2014 presented itself – how could we refuse the lure of raising our two beautiful daughters in a Coastal Olive paradise?  

Sometimes naivety is a blessing.

Moving from the city and not knowing anything about farming Olives or maintaining a country estate we had to learn quickly, as we discovered the harvest season was just around the corner! So, with the generous sharing of knowledge from neighbouring farmers and key Olive people we engaged our dearest friends and began harvesting the Olives, with Gianni, our Olive expert at the helm.  We quickly learned, that whilst the Olive Trees were planted with the vision of a prosperous future and were very well maintained, the Grove had never been utilised to press oil, or produce commercial table olives before Discovering we had several varieties including Koreneiki, Manzanilla, Kalamata, Luccino and Californian Queen, we researched their unique characteristics and set about learning how to maximise these as produce.

To remain true to our vision of healthy, homegrown produce, ideally with control over the entire process to ensure maximum quality, we risked everything and invested in our own Olive Press. This ensured fresh pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) could be produced from tree into oil within the hour.

The results were an award winning cold pressed, robust & peppery Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has continued to win awards every year since!  

We were so delighted, it enthused us to do more to enable us to share the beauty of our property with others. So, with a passion for perfection we painstakingly redesigned and rebuilt The Villa (formally used as an art studio) with a focus on luxury and quality. As a result we are proud to offer this exclusive Villa for that special getaway for couples.  

Our journey is full of fun, sweat and tears and we wouldn’t change it for the world!

We’d rather share it with the world, so please enjoy our amazing produce, follow our story online and we look forward to meeting you at The Villa one day. 

Melanie & Justin McCulloch