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Daylesford – Lake House


  • Wi-Fi
  • Flat screen TV
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • Minibar
  • Tennis court
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Car parking
  • Spa
  • Restaurant

Overview – Lake House

Seated on the pretty shores of Lake Daylesford, the Lake House is a winning combination of country charm, comfortable accommodations, decadent spa treatments and delectable meals.

Thirty years on and the Lake House is still enchanting visitors and diners alike. Voted Australia’s Best Regional Hotel in 2014, the property is a collection of 33 unique rooms and suites, two Chef Hat restaurant and avant-garde spa, set on 6 acres of sprawling gardens dotted with sculptures at the edge of a lake. A popular spa resort destination in the early 20th century, the town of Daylesford is synonymous with healing thermal springs, and one bubbles up near the front door.

Guests can spend hours exploring the property and its surrounds; there are walking trails leading to Wombat State Forest, a well-tended kitchen garden, a library with an immense selection of culinary books, a classic movie repository and guest lounge with billiard table and open fireplace. Native birds are frequently seen feeding on the estate’s many fruit trees and plush versions of rosellas and kookaburras are available for sale at reception, with $10 from each toy going to the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter.

Original artworks, carefully chosen curios and quality textiles ensure that no two rooms are exactly the same. A range of configurations and layouts provide plenty of choice – the sumptuous Sutton Suite for instance would be ideal for a romantic weekend away, while the standalone two-bedroom Retreat is more suited to a family holiday. Guests have free access to the tennis court, pool and sauna, while parking and porterage are both complimentary. Special arrangements can be made (at additional cost) for instance, helium balloons, handmade chocolates or homemade cake presented in your room on arrival. You could even request a cheese platter or supper tray if arriving at the Lake House late at night.

The nationally acclaimed Lake House Restaurant is not to be missed – hotel guests get priority reservations. Almost every ingredient here is locally grown or sourced, from heirloom fruit to rare breed pork, and every dish is cooked from scratch. The Salus Spa is a must-visit also, with nine treatment rooms and an extensive range of nourishing therapies.

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Rooms – Lake House

Every room might be unique, but rest assured they all have Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with cable channels, Bluetooth sound systems and large European-style ensuite bathroom with either bath and shower or dual walk-in shower. Nespresso machines and minibar with locally sourced drinks and nibbles round out the amenity list.

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Lodge Studio
There’s nothing basic about this entry-level country-style room, which boasts a king bed, elegant armchairs, a walk-in robe and outdoor lounge area overlooking a garden or courtyard. Capacity: 2 persons

Waterfront Room
With a king bed, armchair, sofa and large balcony overlooking the lake, the lovely Waterfront Room is designed for relaxation. This room is accessed via a garden path, a short distance away from the main lodge. Capacity: 2 persons

Lodge Suite
This spacious suite has all the features of the Lodge Studio, plus heated stone floors in the ensuite, a bedroom with a view, huge wardrobe and a separate lounge area. The centrepiece in this contemporary country space is an impressive eggshell-finished bookcase heaving with carefully curated tomes. Capacity: 2 persons

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Waterfront Suite
These suites occupy prime position at the very edge of Lake Daylesford, and have a stone-topped bar and lots of soft, inviting furniture. Ensuites are fitted with double showers, oversized spa baths and heated floors. Capacity: 2 persons

The Retreat Atrium or Spa Villa
These two luxury villas contain glamorous ensuites with deep ceramic baths and comfortable lounges with open fireplaces. The Atrium Villa suites couples seeking private space; there is a secluded courtyard with its own firepit, a wine fridge featuring handpicked vintages and well-provisioned honour bar. The Spa Villa on the other hand is all about romance with its four-poster bed, sunken hot tub and day bed.

The Retreat
Guests at the Retreat enjoy private check-in at this standalone property’s gated entrance. There are two bedrooms with bright, airy ensuites fitted with deep freestanding bath tub, dual vanity and generous showers. Living areas are warmed by open fires and scattered with enormous armchairs and cushions throughout. A fire pit, day bed and sunken spa on the outdoor terrace encourage guests to spend time outside. Capacity: 4 persons

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Facilities – Lake House

  • 31 rooms and suites, plus 2 luxury retreat villas
  • Lake House Restaurant & Cellar
  • Salus Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi spa
  • Car parking
  • Free daily newspaper
  • Library
  • DVD collection
  • Wine cellar
  • Edible kitchen garden
  • Wi-Fi
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Activities – Lake House

  • Nature walks
  • Tennis

Activities at extra cost

  • Winery and vineyard visit
  • Organic farm experience
  • Tai Chi, Chi Gung & meditation on the lakeshore
  • Yoga
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Getting There

The closest city to Daylesford is Melbourne. There are daily flights into Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport from all major cities in Australia and many global capitals including Los Angeles, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. From Melbourne Airport to the Lake House, the drive is 1 hour 15 minutes. Add an extra half an hour if driving from the CBD.

Combine With

Locally, visit multicultural Melbourne, the beautiful Grampians or the spectacular Great Ocean Road. For an extended holiday, cross the Bass Strait and visit Hobart, Launceston and Port Arthur in Tasmania. The much awarded Saffire Freycinet on the island state’s very wild east coast is highly recommended.

  • Lake Daylesford scenery and wildlife
  • Two Chef Hat Lake House Restaurant
  • State-of-the-art Salus Spa
  • Healing thermal waters of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs
  • Gateway to the magnificent Macedon Ranges
  • Excellent wineries and gourmet produce
  • Haunting Hanging Rock
  • Historic towns of Mount Macedon, Trentham, Seymour and Lancefield
  • Clunes, Australia’s best preserved gold rush town
  • Robert Allenby-designed golf course at Creswick

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