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Weekend Getaways: 10 of The Best Victorian Country Escapes

Whether you’re looking for a chic place 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 with these gloriously relaxing country escapes.

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Jackalope

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!

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North 

Moorabinda Lodge

Soak up the views over Yarra Valley from this lodge, perched on a hillside in Olinda. Moorabinda is a family-friendly country retreat that doesn’t skimp on the details. Plenty of glass means impressive views of the valley and with a fireplace and bathtub, we think we’ve found our happy place.

127 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda

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The Bales House, Trentham
The Bales House
Rustic charm with all the comforts of luxury accommodation, take a look at The Bales in Trentham. Built using straw bales, stone and recycled timber, it’s an eco-haven that’s barely five minutes stroll from Trentham village. With its log fire and plentiful amenities, The Bales is a good spot to head for a family getaway.

81 Blue Mount Road, Trentham 
Polperro

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.

Polperro Wines, 150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill

The House on Higgs Lane

This cosy cottage has all the country charm! In the hills of Wandiligong, it’s a good spot to base yourself to explore the delights that Bright has to offer – wine, produce and some excellent walks. If it’s snow that you’re after, The House on Higgs Lane is also close enough to ski slopes to make it a great winter escape.

Address provided upon booking


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.

98 Parker Street, Dunkeld

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.

 17 Falls Road, Trentham

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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.

300 Tucks Road, Shoreham

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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.  

11 Clarkmont Road, Sassafras 

The White House Daylesford

More than just a classic country escape, The White House Daylesford is home to a beautifully curated collection of antiques, interesting homewares and plenty of classic country style. The claw-foot bath tub is a highlight, as is the sprawling garden. It accommodates six people in total, so it’s the perfect escape with friends.

58 Albert Street, Daylesford

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