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The 7 Best Country Escapes in Victoria for the Ultimate Weekend Getaway

Ditch the city for a weekend amongst nature at these beautiful country escapes around Victoria.

Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Whether you’re looking for a chic place on your road trip to base yourself while you explore some of Victoria’s gorgeous countryside, or you’re just looking to curl up in front of an open fire with a good book and a glass of red, we’ve got you covered!  These are the best country escapes in Victoria for a gloriously relaxing weekend trip. You can thank us later!

The Gardens Lodge Poets Lodge
Poets Lodge

More than just a classic country escape, Daylesford's Poets Lodge is home to a beautifully curated collection of heritage-era antiques and plenty of classic country style. Made up of three different accommodation offerings, this beautiful property provides the perfect rural setting for a romantic rendezvous or relaxing group holiday. 

The Main House has four bedrooms and boasts a soul-warming fireplace, sunny private courtyard, beautiful 12 seat dining table for evening entertaining and a secluded reading room for peace and quiet. The two-storey Garden Loft is equal parts quaint and elegant. From the antique dining table to the roaring open fire, you and your partner will feel right at home. The newly-renovated Old Jacks Cottage is intimate in feel and pays homage to the property's history through the beautiful heritage decor. One of our favourite elements of this self-contained cottage is the rare cast iron hip bath; indulgent and sophisticated.

Regardless of which dwelling you decide to book, you can be assured that you'll have a country getaway to remember at Poets Lodge.

From $260 per night

62 Raglan Street, Daylesford


An ultra-luxe getaway on the Mornington Peninsula, Jackalope is surrounded by vineyards and offers a lesson in glamorous design. One of the area’s most sought-after destinations, Jackalope is also home to a restaurant, a cocktail lounge and a food and wine store, all of which are off the same quality as their parent hotel; you won’t be hungry!

From $1200 per night

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North 

(* Bookings available from August)

Polperro, Red Hill

A vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula that has thankfully diversified into offering accommodation, a bistro and yoga. Polperro’s individual villas overlook 25 acres of vines, the villas themselves are beautifully appointed and have the most luxurious, inbuilt bathtubs we’ve seen – perfect for kicking back with a loved one and a glass of local wine.

From $1000 per night

Polperro Winery, 150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill

Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
Royal Mail Hotel

A bit over three hours west of Melbourne, the Royal Mail in Dunkeld is famed for its restaurant, Wickens at Royal Mail. A weekend trip is made easy with their range of accommodation options, including mountain view rooms and cute, stone cottages that make the perfect base for you to explore the Grampians.

From $225 per night

98 Parker Street, Dunkeld

The Estate Trentham
The Estate Trentham

The Estate Trentham has the same luxe combination of country charm and chic styling as its sister property, The White House Daylesford. 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. Accommodates up to three couples.

From $390 per night

 17 Falls Road, Trentham

Hart’s Farm, Shoreham
Hart’s Farm

If you like to entertain, then check in to Hart’s Farm. Nestled on the Mornington Peninsula, the interior, and in particular the kitchen, is to die for. You’ll find an olive grove and apple cidery on your doorstep and a farm-gate shop nearby. Everything about Hart’s Farm screams luxe country escape.

From $350 per night

300 Tucks Road, Shoreham

Clarendon Cottages, Sassafras
Clarendon Cottages

The perfect base for exploring the Dandenong ranges, Clarendon Cottages provide an oasis of quiet charm, perfect for a country escape. There are three self-contained cottages, all have a warm, homely feel to them, though ‘The Stables’ is our favourite – mainly for its spacious interiors that cater to two couples or a small family.  

From $245 per night

11 Clarkmont Road, Sassafras 

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