10 Country Homes to Chill at this Summer

Enjoy a slower pace of life with an escape to the country this summer. Picture lazy afternoons enjoying the cool breeze off Lake Daylesford whilst sipping freshly drawn mineral water from the nearby springs. This selection of properties has been hand-picked as ideal summer escapes for couples, groups and families.
Fontaine

1. Fontaine, Daylesford

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This is a home to gather with family or friends and enjoy lazy summer afternoons relaxing on the deck. Three generously proportioned bedrooms, plus a fourth single room, comfortably sleep up to seven guests. Relaxed family living wraps around the chef’s kitchen, whilst the covered alfresco area, supported by recycled beams sourced locally from an historic bridge, becomes a harmonious extension of your entertaining zone.

What guests are saying about Fontaine:
Overall Rating 4.8/5

This house was fantastic for our family. There was plenty of room to relax and we loved being out on the deck. House is in an amazing position so close to shops, restaurants, botanic gardens and the lake. Loved staying in the house wish our stay could of been longer.

Cathy- November 2019

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Dollywood

2. Dollywood – Daylesford

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A spectacular pink neon sign above the front door greets you and invites you into this very creative and stylish home called Dollywood. Modern furnishings featuring Pop and Scott, Dowel Jones, Jardan, Barnaby Lane, The Family Love Tree and Space to Create adorn the property creating a curated yet beautifully relaxing atmosphere. The incredible location close to town and the lake means you can stroll in any direction and reach a wonderful Daylesford destination, perfect for that summer getaway.

What guests are saying about Dollywood:
Overall Rating 4.8/5

What a house! Great location only a short stroll to the main street and all the creature comforts you could ask for. The ambience created a warmth and inviting aesthetic instantly.

Tina –  October 2019

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3. Cinque – Hepburn Springs

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Designed to capture the essence and beauty of the bush and natural setting, Cinque is a meticulously planned retreat offering architectural excellence, from an award-winning team of designers. The jacuizzi is the star of the show here, both the spacious living/dining area, and the bedroom open onto the balcony with the jacuzzi sunken into the decking. Accommodating two guests you are sure to enjoy the thought and care that has gone into designing Cinque as the pefect country getaway for all seasons.

What guests are saying about Cinque
Overall Rating 4.2/5

A perfect couples getaway! Spent 3 nights here for my birthday and it was such a relaxing time, the fire place is incredible and the spa was amazing, the house being on a little hill feels like your secluded even though your right in the heart of Hepburn springs!

Brooke –  July 2019

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Campari

4. Campari – Daylesford

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Nestled just 300m from Lake Daylesford and a short drive from Jubilee Lake, Campari offers a wonderful location to enjoy a summer escape in the country. The open plan layout offers relaxed living and is extended by a country style verandah.The indoor/outdoor theme is continued through sliding doors at the rear, opening to a welcoming garden area. A fully equipped kitchen will enable you to stay in and enjoy the property, and for those that want to venture out, The Lake House Restaurant is only a brisk stroll away.

What guests are saying about Campari:
Overall Rating 4.8/5

A beautiful house; warm, comfortable and a home away from home with everything you need. A great location to explore Daylesford and surrounds. We enjoyed our little family getaway and the property was perfect for two adults and a baby.

Madison –  July 2019

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Lakeleigh

5. Lakeleigh – Daylesford

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With direct access to the foreshore of Lake Daylesford, Lakeleigh has views from every room across the lake to Lake House Restaurant,  the church spires of Daylesford and beyond. The living rooms are decorated in a comfortable provincial country style oozing charm and elegance – from the living room with sandstone fireplace and bay window to the English glass conservatory with stone floor and dining table.

What guests are saying about Lakeleigh:
Overall Rating 4.8/5

Lakeleigh is in a fantastic location, with the views directly over the lake. The glass conservatory provides a wonderful place to enjoy a meal while looking out at the lake through the beautiful gardens. A lovely restful location.

Catherine –  October 2019

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Innisfree

6. Innisfree – Daylesford

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This very cute, whimsical and historic miners cottage is set on a quarter acre of lovely gardens located in a quiet residential street. Two beautifully styled bedrooms provide soft lamplight, comfort, and warmth for a couple looking for a hideaway for a special occasion. Two couples getting out of town together will also enjoy the setup, whilst small girls’ groups and friends will be in heaven at Innisfree. Innisfree is the perfect two-bedroom cottage located close to town but on a quiet country street where you can feel far far away from it all. Bliss.

What guests are saying about Innisfree:
Overall Rating 5/5

A stunning retreat for two friends away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. The decor was so cozy and well put together and gave the place an ambience that made you want to stay and relax all weekend

Mel –  October 2019

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7. Gorge Vue on Main – Hepburn

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Located in Hepburn looking over to Breakneck Gorge, Gorge Vue on Main offers a space to come together and relax, or walk out your front door and enjoy the beauty of the region. This home has a warm, inviting feeling the moment you open the front door. Sleeping six it is the ideal getaway space for friends or family. You can soak up the sun in the afternoon at the rear deck and when evening falls you can enjoy a glass of wine or even some marshmallows by the fire pit.

What guests are saying about Gorge Vue on Main:
Overall Rating 4.7/5

Amazing, well equipped house. We love to cook and entertain and this house has all the extras you need. Kitchen is well stocked. The house is very neat and tidy and really felt like home while we stayed. Great value.

Hanna –  October 2019

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Ducks Bay Lake Daylesford Accommodation

8. Ducks Bay – Daylesford

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Featuring quality bathrooms, kitchen and luxurious bedding, this classical open-plan villa on the lake edge, with expansive terraces and views and a double spa, epitomizes the essence of Daylesford.  Evenings can be spent on the terrace preparing a BBQ meal and watching over the changing colours and reflections of the lake as the sun sets on a summer day. Ducks Bay is a beautifully decorated home with every comfort in mind, ideally located on the lakes edge and adjacent to The Lake House restaurant and a short walk to Daylesford’s shops and cafes.

What guests are saying about Ducks Bay:
Overall Rating 4.7/5

Fantastic, well presented place situated just next to Daylesford Lake. Sit and watch life go by, or head out and take a leisurely walk. A great place for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Stephen –  May 2019

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Elira 1

9. Elira 1 – Daylesford

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This purpose-designed accommodation is a spacious one bedroom villa split over two levels and offers an open plan layout. Carefully thought out to maximise space, privacy and comfort. This is the ultimate couples getaway in the heart of Daylesford. Splashes of lime green feature throughout the interior, which opens onto a sunny decking area perfect for whiling away summer days.

What guests are saying about Elira 1:
Overall Rating 4.6/5

I had the most amazing stay, had all the creature comforts of home plus more. It was beautiful & quiet I would highly recommend to all.

Kylie –  July 2019

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Lake Cottage - Daylesford

10. Lake Cottage – Daylesford

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Set on the western shores of Lake Daylesford, Lake Cottage is ideally located to make the most of a relaxing summer stay in the region. A landscaped terraced garden is full of wonder and little surprises, you may even find a fairy hiding in the weeping cherry!  A spacious and relaxed getaway that accommodates six, the property is set up with all the kitchen essentials, lovely dining area looking over the garden towards the lake, two living rooms and a outdoor deck and entertaining area.

What guests are saying about Lake Cottage:
Overall Rating 4.7/5

Set up for comfort. Location, location, location, quiet, lovely linen, plenty of firewood, great heating, lots of hot water, lovely big teapot, comfy couches for sitting & chatting.

Penelope –  May 2019

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