If you’re on the lookout for an ideal getaway in the name of love, then you’re in luck. Victoria is spoilt with amorous locations that are perfect for love birds, and conveniently located just a short drive from Melbourne.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, Valentine’s Day, or simply just a night away to let the sparks fly, here are eight truly charming getaways that are guaranteed to deliver on romance.
If Tuscany is more up your alley, then you and your loved one will revel in a stay at The Timber and Stone Retreat, nestled in a quiet little pocket of the quaint township of Malmsbury. Located just over an hour’s drive outside the city, this Tuscan-inspired hideaway features striking timber trusses and majestic arched windows, salvaged from an old villa in Italy. One look at the home’s light-filled interiors, charming French doors and lush surrounding gardens, and you’ll fall instantly in love.
From $240 per night
Less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne, Clifftop at Hepburn is an architecturally designed retreat renowned for its picturesque view, framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, a private spa for two, and a daybed overlooking the surrounding bushland, appearing as though you’re suspended in thin air. You can up the romance with their ‘Lovebirds Package’, which will have you and your partner arriving to your favourite music, sprinkled rose petals, fireplace set, romantic candles flickering, spa filled with bubbles, and Champagne on ice accompanied by strawberries and a decadent chocolate dipping sauce.
From $395 per night
Set amongst six acres of lush rolling countryside, surrounded by fruitful gardens, the Lake House Daylesford is located a mere 90-minute drive from Melbourne – this is the perfect country retreat for couples. The 33 rooms and suites on offer are situated within either a waterfront or lodge setting, with convenient hotel features including complimentary breakfast and parking. There are also tennis courts, gardens and a chic spa on site, ideal for couples looking for an indulgent, blissful getaway.
From $674 per night
Set in a leafy 30-acre estate amid gardens, lawns and a vineyard, Lindenderry at Red Hill takes just over an hour to reach by car from Melbourne, though you’ll feel like you’re a world away. There are just 40 guest rooms available, each with their own understated elegance. For a special occasion, opt for their ‘Wine & Dine’ package where you can enjoy a delicious three-course meal within the in-house Linden Tree Restaurant while savouring a glass of the estate’s homegrown wine. And come morning, a specialty country-style breakfast awaits.
From $380 per night
This elegant French Provincial property was originally built in 1903 and has since undergone a luxurious transformation. Set within Mount Ophir Estate, a unique and exclusive venue in the rural district of Rutherglen in northern Victoria, this truly unique listing features three levels with a spiral staircase that leads to a private sitting room on the second floor and a bedroom suite at the top. Stay here to fully immerse yourself within an extraordinary architectural landmark in Australian winemaking history.
From $550 per night
If you’d prefer to stay in a home away from home rather than a hotel, consider a stay at the Vintage House Daylesford. This 1860's miner's cottage on the border of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, has been renovated and styled as though it's been plucked straight from a designer magazine. It's everything you'd want in an amorous escape – from its deep, dark and moody interiors to the acres of land and fruit trees that surround. This beautiful bolthole is a hotbed of romantic (and delicious) adventures.
From $450 per night
Nothing screams romance like a secluded countryside cottage, and this boutique gem is one of our favourites. Unique, stylish and unwaveringly chic, this 1900’s Federation house has been impeccably restored and beautifully styled. If curling up in front of a fire with a glass of wine is your idea of the perfect escape, then we can’t think of a better place to do it.
From $390 per night
A secluded farm stay, custom made for cozy nights in – best paired with a glass of wine and a roaring fire – Cortes Cottage is a lovingly renovated weatherboard in the lush King Valley. A rainfall showerhead and a claw-foot tub along with a record player in the lounge room set the mood for a slow weekend full of down time – all complemented by the occasional winery trip.
From $200 per night