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A little luxe guide to Daylesford

Serene. Tranquil. Placid. I seized upon a temporary escape from this manic industry bubble when I was invited to visit the Daylesford/Hepburn Springs/Spa Country region late least year. 2013 is barely up and running and I’m already dreaming of running away to the country again. Below you’ll find a list of suggestions on luxurious things to do in the area should you been passing by. They are places that caught my eye or recommendations from trusted friends who had visited before me. I make no apologies for most of the list revolving around being gluttonous!

Scoff Moreton Bay Bug dumplings at Kazuki’s restaurant.

DIY picnic around the lake or Wombat Hill Botanical Garden. I feel none of us picnic enough. Source supplies at Red Beard Bakery, O’Toole’s for honey and Cliffy’s Emporium. Don’t forget empty bottles to capture the region’s famous spring water.

Shop the Mill Markets for potential trashy treasures.

Have a facial on The Mineral Spa‘s exclusive ‘soft pack’ beds. It’s like being wrapped in a hug by a water bed. It will be the maximum level of cosiness you will ever attain.

Have high tea under the arches at The Conservatory. Do accept the French champagne option.

Curl up with some literature from the Bookbarn.

A stroll around the Covent Gallery will appease your aesthetic side.

The Daylesford Cider Company is a good argument for giving up champagne for sparkling cider (almost) – they whisper about cider cocktails for summer.

If you can afford it, do stay at the stunning Villa Parma. Oh how I would love to throw a private soiree or even direct a fashion shoot in the atmospheric Cellar.

Dine at Darmagi. Cute waiters, oysters on special and prosecco. Perfecto!

Try a little slice of Tokyo at Shizuka Ryokan.

Or if you are travelling with a group consider the vividly styled Holly Lodge as a place to rest your heads.

If you’d like to see more from my little Spa Country jaunt click here or here. Do let me know, in the comments below, if you have a favourite thing to do or see in the region too!

Holly Lodge: What to do in Daylesford

Villa Parma: What to do in Daylesford

High Tea at the Conservatory: What to do in Daylesford


2 Thoughts on “A little luxe guide to Daylesford

  1. Karen Bowdery on May 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm said:

    I would like to know more about the High Tea held in the conservatory under the arches. Can I assume this is under cover? Do I need to book and how far in advance? Cost and any other information you deem necessary.
    THank you.

  2. Hi Karen – do get in touch with the team at Peppers/Spa Country here or via the link in the article:

    They’ll be able to answer all of your questions!

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