In need of an escape? Sometimes the chaos of modern life gets a little too much; even when you’re lucky enough to call the world’s most liveable city home. Good thing then that you don’t need to travel far from Melbourne to discover some truly spectacular accommodation options. Indeed, within a few short hours you can find your very own slice of Victorian paradise.
*In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions, make sure you are following the rules and guidelines that have been set by the Victorian Government. Although you need to stay safe at home right now, we hope this article inspires you to explore Victoria once it is safe to travel.
To say that Daylesford is having a moment would be an understatement. Then, there’s the Lake House. A tranquil retreat nestled on the waterfront by the splendour of the Wombat State Forest, this beautiful property offers up luxury accommodation complete with an award-winning cellar and renowned restaurant. And if all that wasn’t enough, it even has its very own treetop mineral water spas. Because, why not.
From $770 per night
4 King Street, Daylesford
If you thought you’d seen some spectacular views before, just wait until you look out from the awe-inspiring floor to ceiling windows at Clifftop at Hepburn. Set overlooking mountainous bushland dotted with wildflowers, this luxury retreat nestled atop a sheer cliff face is as beautiful as it is unique. Needless to say, this isn’t one for those who are afraid of heights.
$395 per night (minimum two nights)
209/219 Main Road, Hepburn
If you like your accommodation signed in neon and infused with some serious California cool, then Daylesford’s achingly hip Dollywood has you covered. A chic touch of Americana nestled within the spoils of regional Victoria, this stylish four-bedroom home is custom created for lovers of music and the arts. So get in line for a place so glamorous, you won’t want to leave the house.
From $675 for two nights (midweek)
1/82 Central Springs Road, Daylesford
Set in breath-taking seaside Port Fairy, Drift House isn’t about 5-star extravagance. Rather, this Victorian beauty is about the bespoke touches that stay with you long after you check out. A boutique hotel that brings its very own brand of “sexy luxury” to the table, the four stylish private suites offer up a unique stay that’s rich in both comfort and character.
From $525 per night
98 Gipps Street, Port Fairy
Nestled amongst the unique beauty of the alpine region, the Kiln Houses are a sleek, contemporary take on the tobacco kiln houses that once dominated the area. Not only do these lovely retreats offer incredible views of nearby vineyards and mountain ranges, but they’re kitted out with a spa, wood fire and sauna. There are even designer bikes on offer if you’re in the mood for an adventure.
From $700 for two nights (minimum)
Cavedons Lane, Eurobin
A beautifully restored three-bedroom federation house set amongst lush gardens just an hour from Melbourne, The Estate Trentham promises the ultimate weekend escape. A lesson in stylish simplicity, the interior boasts the clean lines of Scandinavian design complemented by plush mid-century furniture while just outside lie herb gardens and a mini orchard. You can almost hear the fire crackling.
From $390 per night
17 Falls Road, Trentham
Set on a towering stilt overlooking the ocean, the architecturally designed Pole House is arguably one of the country’s most iconic stays. Towering above the Great Ocean Road in seaside Fairhaven, this minimalist luxury home comes complete with a floating walkway and floor to ceiling retractable glass walls. Needless to say, it offers up the kind of views you can only dream about.
From $590 per night
Housed amid the beautiful Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope is a luxury design hotel that comes complete with a touch of the unique. Coupled with the equally unusually named Doot Doot Doot and Flaggerdoot (the restaurant and bar respectively), here you’ll find a heritage homestead alongside an infinity pool and host of daring artworks. Perfect for those who like their home away from home a little different.
From $675 per night
162 Balnarring Road, Merricks
The accommodation arm of one of Australia’s top restaurants, Brae’s six luxury suites are a lesson in effortless modern chic. Recycled red bricks, corrugated iron, blackbutt timber panelling and above bed windows made for stargazing combine to create a setting that is arrestingly beautiful in its simplicity. Nestled in charming Birregurra, the only thing left to do is snag a table in the dining room.
From $615 per night
4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra
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