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Lake House


Lake House is a tranquil retreat that includes rooms and suites in either a waterfront or lodge setting. Six acres of abundant and fruitful gardens extend down to the waters of Lake Daylesford and provide guests with immediate access to the lake shore and the Wombat State Forest beyond.

Given the opportunity to explore the grounds, guests will come upon the Kitchen Garden planted out with herbs and edible flowers. Orchard areas include olives, crabapple, stone fruits, apple, quince and medlar. The earliest plantings of stringy barks,Yunnan and Lombardy poplars and pin oaks now form a canopy over the site and are populated with rosellas, currajongs, gang gangs, cockatoos and kookaburras.

A myriad of sculptures and artwork from some of the region’s top artists are dotted around the garden. Extensive outdoor lakefront terraces, or quieter nooks like the pavilion overlooking the full sized tennis court offer the opportunity for a quiet drink or the pleasure of a leisurely peruse of the papers. A large lounge with open fire, billiards and a good selection of reading materials, is a popular destination in cooler weather. A DVD library of classic favorites affords additional opportunity to cocoon and relax indoors.

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Room Information

Lodge Rooms
Individually configured and decorated rooms nestled between private courtyards, gardens and terraces - clustered around a stylishly appointed and comfortable lounge complete with billiard table and open fire. Flat screen televisions, DVD players, a selection of cable channels and free Wi-Fi access are all at your fingertips.

Waterfront Rooms
These picturesque rooms complete with balconies overlook lake Daylesford. They have a king bed, plush sofa and armchair with botanical prints. Provincial style chairs and desk are set beneath a collection of local historic photographs, prints and original artwork from Resident Artist Allan Wolf-Tasker.

Waterfront Suites
With prime position overlooking the lagoon and the shores of lake Daylesford - each suite features superior king beds, plush sofa, with locally sourced Merino Wool throws, textured armchairs and soft furnishings in chartreuse, citron, champagne gold and mustard yellows.

The Retreat
A secluded luxury Country House within the grounds of Lake House, The Retreat draws on the architectural elements and village like cluster of the surrounding property.
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Things To Do

Dining

Australian Gourmet Traveller: A team passionate about hospitality delivers beautiful cutting edge, seasonal food matched with an internationally acclaimed wine list. Under the direction of Executive Chef Alla Wolf Tasker and Head Chef David Green the kitchen work from the ground up producing virtually everything, from house baked breads to an extensive charcuterie range, on the premises. And Alla's dream of a raft of excellent small scale local suppliers has finally come about - due in no small part to her own efforts. Several excellent organic farms are now located within minutes of Lake House.

Produce is often hand-picked for a morning delivery. Local lamb, rare breed pork, grass fed beef, fresh water fish, sheep and goat's milk cheese, heirloom fruit from old orchards and windfalls from local gardens arrive at the kitchen, which since the early eighties, has fostered an open door policy, mentoring and supporting small sustainable producers and growers and developing a local food culture amongst fellow restaurateurs, chefs and residents.

Activities

Catch a speckled trout and have it cooked for you by a third generation local farmer at one of the oldest sheep stations in the district.

Take a stroll through the pristine nearby Wombat State Forest or a more challenging guided walk along the Dry Diggings Track and great Dividing Trail.

Visit the studios of local artists for a private showing.

Don a chef's coat and enjoy a cooking class or forage with the hotel's chefs.

At dusk, join international guests for cocktails and canapés with spectator kangaroos on the local golf course.

Enjoy the quirky shops and markets of local villages for a shopping experience like no other.
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Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +


Price per person, per night.