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Lake House, Daylesford

Victoria, Australia


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Luxury Holidays At Lake House, Daylesford

Lying in the beautiful village of Daylesford, the Lake House is enfolded by a vibrant network of artists and artisans, boutique food producers, wine makers, and eclectic communities. The surrounding country roads are dotted with farm gates and cellar doors while sparkling lakes, cascading waterfalls, and quintessential Australian bushland just wait to be explored. Amongst all this, the wonderful Lake House sits on the shores of Lake Daylesford where walking trails weave and curve into the pristine surrounds of the Wombat State Forest. The Lake House boasts 33 rooms, suites and villas, each offering contemporary style and seclusion with a range of views and locations enveloped by wonderful lakeside gardens, where trees grow alongside fragrant lavender and quince, apple, and plum trees - giving habitat to a myriad of native birds including the utterly iconic kookaburra. Experiences include cooking demonstrations and master classes, tours of the working art studio, wine walks, and cider talks, plus an onsite tennis court, infinity pool, and the exceptional Lake House Spa. However, the heart and soul of the Lake House is the remarkable restaurant, lauded the world over for its approach and championing of local produce, long before it became fashionable.

  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: A beautiful retreat in the heart of Victoria’s spa country
  • Feature: The extraordinary award-winning restaurant
  • Rooms: 33 rooms, suites, and villas
  • Star rating: 4 Star
  • Nearest airport: Melbourne International Airport
Location and transfer

Approximately 80 minutes by private car transfer


Tucked into almost 6 acres of gardens, which frame the beautiful Lake Daylesford and Wombat State Forest beyond, there are just 33 exquisite rooms, suites, and villas to choose from. Each accommodation is unique and individually decorated with original works of art by co-owner and artist in residence Allan Wolf-Tasker. Whilst staying true to its country roots, state-of-the art comforts come as standard - including Wi-Fi, iPod docks, Nespresso coffee machines, and even a daily newspaper delivery if wanted. In-room mini bars boast complimentary soft drinks, loose leaf teas, along with local beers and ciders.

   Lodge Studio:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Garden or courtyard views
  • Facilities: These charming rooms are individually styled with beautiful bathrooms featuring a large bath or dual shower, walk-in wardrobe, and an outdoor lounge area with courtyard or garden views.
   Waterfront Pool Studio:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Pool or spotted gum terrace views
  • Facilities: Set on the eastern shores of Lake Daylesford, the pool studios offer some of the best views at the Lake House. Sitting adjacent to the infinity pool (with access via a private balcony or garden gate), this studio is indulgently comfortable, boasting a heavenly king-size bed, locally made woollen throws, and sofas perfect for lounging and soaking up the view.
   Lodge Suite:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Private courtyard
  • Facilities: These spacious suites feature contemporary country interiors and no suite is the same. Local artwork, object d’art, and an array of books combine with an elegant sense of style. Luxurious bathrooms boast a bath and walk-in shower or double shower, with heated stone floors underfoot. A separate lounge area and private courtyard offer delightful spaces in which to relax.
   Waterfront Suite:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Lake Daylesford views
  • Facilities: Offering arguably the best sunset views from private balconies or courtyards, these gorgeous suites are tucked within rambling gardens on the southeastern shore of the lagoon and Lake Daylesford. The stunning décor features soft and natural textures, original works of art from Allan Wolf-Tasker, and stunning pieces from local artists. Thoughtful inclusions such as binoculars and local birdwatching books enable guests to enjoy the wide range of fauna that can be spotted from the comfort of these suites. The open-plan design is expansive and elegant and includes a dining area for in-suite dining.
   The Sutton Suite:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Garden views
  • Facilities: The Sutton Suite is plush and contemporary and combines a wealth of stylish features, including a large ceramic bathtub, a private sun-drenched courtyard, and a stone fireplace. The king-size bed is made up with crisp white linens and an array of local cashmere and alpaca throws. The unique works of art are from the Wolf-Tasker family’s personal collection
   Atrium Villa:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Garden and lake views
  • Facilities: For guests seeking the ultimate in privacy and luxury, the Atrium Villa lies behind a discreet gate with a private car park and entrance. Sunlit decks overlook the garden and a private path meanders down to the lakeshore. The king-size bedroom overlooks a pretty courtyard filled with fragrant lavender and romantic fire pit. The lounge boasts an open fire and leather armchairs and a plump sofa invite relaxation, whilst entertainment comes in the form of a flat screen TV, Bose sound system, and a curated library of reading material. There’s also a service kitchen and a dining area for four.
   Spa Villa:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Room View: Private courtyard views
  • Facilities: This delightful villa is the perfect hideaway for two. The bedroom boasts a stunning wrought-iron four-poster bed, while the marble and stone en-suite bathroom promises heated floors and a deep soaking bath with a lavish chandelier hanging overhead. Velvet armchairs are placed around a fireplace in the lounge and there’s a small dining table for cosy suppers. Outside space comes in the form of the north-facing courtyard which features a sunken hot tub and an upholstered daybed.

Whilst it is now commonplace for restaurants to talk about local and regional produce, the restaurant at the Lake House was at the very forefront of this movement. To this day it remains at the core of everything they do and Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker has created a long and tangible legacy, considered to be one of the finest gourmet treats in Australia.

Lake House Restaurant:expand_more
  • Cuisine: Australian Fine Dining
  • Setting: Lakeside
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Reservation Required: Yes
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Spa Holidays

The village of Daylesford sits in the heart of spa country, so known for the abundance of hot springs that punctuate the region. In fact, it boasts the largest number of natural mineral springs in Australia and the largest concentration of holistic therapists in the southern hemisphere. The Spa at the Lake House is no exception and features an extensive treatment menu of signature rituals, facials, and massages using their own small batch bath and body products.

Dining & Gourmet

It would be hard to find a better regional restaurant than the Lake House in Daylesford. Offering a menu which is dictated entirely by the seasons and Mother Nature, the dining here is off the scale. The dining room hold two chefs' hats (the Australian equivalent of the Michelin Star) and consistently delivers outstanding modern, Australian cuisine. The kitchen works with small scale local suppliers and produce from their own farm, Dairy Flat, which is less than 10 minutes from the Lake House. With magnificent views, a resident kookaburra family, and flocks of cockatoos congregating in the 40-year-old gum trees, the Lake House offers a sensational, Australian dining experience.


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