The Macedon Ranges is a stunning Australian region in Victoria’s north-west, less than an hour from Melbourne. Steeped in history, natural wonders, and known for it’s Spa Country, The Macedon Ranges makes for the ideal weekend away. We’ve put together a list to make itinerary-creating easy as can be!
Opened by Lynda Gardner, a serial accommodation owner, this stunning house is perfect for couple or bigger groups. It’s rustic charm at it’s best, with all the creature comforts you could want. Styled to perfection and as cosy and it is perfect for entertaining, The Whitehouse is where you’ll want to stay. We spoke with Lynda about the origins of this gorgeous accommodation.When did you open?Gosh I am hopeless with dates, however, its around 13 years now….
It started as a dream holiday home, thinking it would be the perfect escape from Melbourne, until I realised very quickly it was not going to be a cheap renovation. So to counter-balance my spending, I decided to rent it out to other holiday makers for the times I could not be there. It then snowballed and became a serious business of making it a very beautiful, bespoke and unique property that since opening has been booked out year after year and an incredibly popular place to stay even after all this time. It’s something I am very proud of.
It’s an original 1850s house and I wanted to keep it very rustic and to true it’s roots. Replacing all I could with salvaged and sourced finds, such as old
floor boards rather than new and a recycled cast iron bath and sinks, meant that I could really keep bones and feel of the original house. The, I filled it to the brim with my collections from treasured finds and heirloom pieces that have been in the family for years. It’s a very homely home and I really think that is something very special for everyone who stays.
Set on a stunning estate overlooking lavender fields, Sault offers a true paddock to plate experience. The venue is also well known for it’s incredible weddings.
Chef Kazuki Tsuya and his partner Saori have taken Japanese hospitality and used it to showcase some of Australia’s best produce.
Lynda Gardner hasn’t just stopped at boutique accommodation, she’s extended her talents to the Trentham General too. The beautifully renovated space features a cafe, homewares store and library filled with design books. Order some food and relax in this cosy space.
This gorgeous emporium in Hepburn Springs has a bit of everything… homewares, clothes, shoes, accessories. For him and for her.
Famous for their size, the Mill Markets is an enormous indoor marketplace filled to the brim with collectables, brick-a-brack, and hidden treasures. Worth an afternoon exploration.
The perfect afternoon stop with tastings complimented by a seasonal menu or charcuterie boards. Pinot noir and chardonnay are found on this cool climate plot, with warmer climate grapes coming in from Bendigo.
Lovely for a pre-dinner booking glass of wine from their extensive collective, and just as good if you choose to eat here too. Particularly gorgeous in the warmer months with an outdoor courtyard, or cosy in Winter with the fires roaring.
Dip a toe into the traditional social bathing options where you are treated to a relaxing mineral bath followed by an invigorating spa bath. If you need a little extra love, enjoy their private ‘sanctuary’ with steam rooms, massage and water therapy.
Six acres of garden extend down to the waters of Lake Daylesford providing a picturesque backdrop for the ultimate retreat. Steal away for an afternoon in the spa or spend the whole weekend in the guesthouses and explore the gardens, tennis court, luxury dining options and award winning wine cellar.
Set in an old flour mill, the intimate studio space is a yogi’s paradise! Classes are limited to 15 people and include everything form Mat Pilates, Yin, Yin/Yang, Slow Flow Yoga and Dance.
One of the best examples of a volcanic plug or mamelon in the world, this rare formation is well worth the hike. Bring a snack and enjoy the shady picnic grounds or wait for the next concert to play on the famous landmark.
These falls cascade down over an incredible, huge semi-circular wall of rock into a large pool of water below making for the perfect spot for a swim. A steep but short descent to the location makes for a well earned picnic lunch when you reach this gem.
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