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Located amongst the Great Dividing Range, the small spa town of Daylesford is what you would call ultimate bush luxury and ideal for any romantic getaway, especially honeymoons. Situated only just an hour and a half from Melbourne, the leafy green heritage town is sure to make you wanting more when you leave. So grab your better half and discover what there is to love about this enchanting little piece of Australia. Here are six things to love…
1. Secluded villas. Boasting extraordinary views and gleaming with luxury, Interlude is a sophisticated one bedroom villa perfect for any romantic getaway. Nestled amongst the bushland, the urban villa includes a large open sun deck, a luxurious outdoor jacuzzi, a large open plan kitchen and living space with huge glass windows complementing their surroundings. This secluded honeymoon retreat is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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2. Relaxation. Located just out of Daylesford is the historical Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Welcoming visitors since 1895 to bathe in the region’s mineral water, the Bathhouse and Spa also offers a magnificent day spa with a variety of relaxing and reviving treatments. Enjoy being renewed and recharged with your other half by indulging in the Day Retreat Package which includes the choice of a 60 minute Hepburn signature massage or a pure replenishing facial. Also part of this luxurious escape is a regional tasting plate and a glass of wine, how relaxing! What better way to unwind and recharge your wedding batteries than pampering yourselves.
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3. Regional dining. Lake House, awarded with two Chef’s Hats and inclusion on Australia’s Wine List of the Year Hall of Fame, is the ideal place for two love birds to enjoy an exquisite dining experience. Supporting small local growers and producers, Lake House produce is all hand picked and delivered daily, ranging from lamb, rare breed pork, grass fed beef, fresh water fish, sheep and goat’s milk cheese, heirloom fruit from old orchards and windfalls from local gardens. The seasonal, high quality food and wine will be sure to get your taste buds dancing. Book a table for two and gaze at the magnificent views and let the passionate team at the Lake House amaze your senses. Stay at their elegant hotel too and an enjoy all the sophisticated pleasures of this rural retreat.
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4. Wombat Hill House. If you and your beloved are up for a bit of an adventure then why not take a walk up to Wombat Hill House which is situated in an ancient extinct volcano and explore its enchanting gardens. Prized for their beauty, the gardens are perfect for that afternoon stroll, with panoramic views and the Wombat Hill House Cafe when you reach the top. Enjoy a cocktail or two, whilst sitting outside watching the sunset, how romantic!
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5. Wine time. Enjoy a long lunch and a glass or bottle of local wine at Passing Clouds Winery in Daylesford. The award winning winery is best known for its great atmosphere, good food and accompanying wine. Book a table for the two of you, choose the ‘feed me’ option and let the staff at Passing Clouds indulge your tastebuds. The menu is delectable with a range of paper thin ribbons of cured meats, toasted local bread, homemade pickles, organic local farm grown vegetables, cheeses and of course wine. Relax, eat and drink your way through the afternoon together.
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6. The perfect ending. A great way to finish your honeymoon, why not book a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Daylesford and the surrounding areas. Enjoy breath taking views of rolling hills, vibrant scenery, rich red volcanic soils, beautiful blue waterways and green forests, all whilst in each others company and enjoying a cheeky morning champagne. After your flight, indulge in a five-star champagne breakfast. What a perfect way to end a perfect honeymoon.
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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I am totally in love with Daylesford; Autumn, with the magical colours of the russet and golden leaves, is my favourite time to visit!