12 Inspiring Autumn Retreats

While the sun is still shining here in Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges, there is a certain crispness to the air that signals the change in seasons. It’s time to bid farewell to the summer heat and welcome the explosion of red, orange and gold foliage that every Autumn brings to our wonderful region. We’ve handpicked 12 inspiring properties for your Autumn visit, so pack your bags and come and marvel at nature’s spectacular show (don’t forget your camera!).
Autumn Retreats

1. Breakneck Gorge OIkos, Hepburn Springs

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Breakneck Gorge Oikos (pronounced eekos), whose name is derived from a Greek word which means dwelling, is a bold, angular statement: an imaginative private retreat with an inspiring aesthetic. Set on the edge of the gorge, the open expanses of glass on three sides provides views over the stunning landscape of Hepburn Springs. Accommodating 2 guests, Breakneck Gorge will leave you feeling on top of the world!

What guests are saying about Breakneck Gorge Oikos:
Overall Rating 4.9/5

Breakneck Gorge Oikos is a truly special place to stay – a stunning, luxurious contemporary house with extraordinary views over the gorge. Our time here was filled with beauty and relaxation! Highly recommend, best place we have stayed in near Daylesford/Hepburn Springs.

Sarah – March 2019

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Halcyon Autumn Retreats

2. Halcyon, Daylesford

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An ideal name for this property, Halcyon denotes a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. Classic contemporary design flows throughout with a soothing colour palate of greys, neutrals, black and whites. The open plan living, dining and kitchen area, with a fabulous high ceiling, opens onto the north facing deck and entertaining area. Accommodating up to 4 guests, Halcyon is a peaceful and private home, perfect for an autumn getaway.

What guests are saying about Halcyon:
Overall Rating 4.7/5

Great house which is walking distance to the main shopping strip, Sunday market and the gorgeous lake. Everything was spotless and furniture, bedding, etc very comfortable.

Barbara – January 2019

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Flynns Hill - Kyneton

3. Flynns Hill, Kyneton

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The owners of Flynn’s Hill know that it’s the little touches that transform a stay from enjoyable to unforgettable and this attention to detail is what sets this property apart. Set atop a private 15 acres in Kyneton, this is a ‘Grand Designs’ style luxury home. Accommodating up to 10 guests in four well-appointed bedrooms, the spacious living areas and outdoor spaces comfortably accommodate families and groups.

What guests are saying about Flynns Hill:
Overall Rating 4.7/5

A beautiful house in a beautiful country location. Close to town for coffee, cafes and shopping on a rural property with great views and awesome sunsets. The house is beautifully furnished and very comfortable with a great floor plan for two families to stay with plenty of room. Highly recommend!

Olivia – January 2019

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Main Retreat & Cottage - Hepburn Accommodation

4. Main Retreat & Cottage, Hepburn Springs

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A treat for lovers of mid-century style, Main Retreat & Cottage is a classic 1950’s home with a rear garden cottage accommodating up to six guests. The lounge and kitchen have been designed to keep within the era of the home whilst the bedrooms feature brand new Feltex Axminster carpets for that genuine mid-century feel. Conveniently located across from the Hepburn General Store and only a short stroll from the award-winning Mineral Spa, Main Retreat is ideally located to take in all that Hepburn Springs has to offer.

What guests are saying about Main Retreat & Cottage:
Overall Rating 4.6/5

We stayed at Main Retreat and Cottage for two nights and had a wonderful stay. The house is beautifully and stylishly furnished with everything you would need for a lovely stay in Daylesford. The location is very convenient and close to everything. Thank you very much for the stay, we will be back.

Cara – November 2018

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Edge Daylesford

5. Edge, Daylesford

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Edge Daylesford offers spacious modern living with flexible bedding ideal for families, couples or groups of friends. The floor to ceiling glass windows make you feel a part of the state forest in this architecturally designed property. Soak in the double spa in the bathroom with views over to the treetops, or nestle in by the fire. Make the most of the large, well-equipped kitchen and create those memorable special gatherings and meals with friends and loved ones.

What guests are saying about Edge Daylesford:
Overall Rating 4.5/5

What an amazing stay! The house is absolutely breathtaking! Very clean and perfect location. Would recommend to anyone !

David – January 2019

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Yandoit Church - Daylesford Accommodation

6. Yandoit Church, Yandoit

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Built in 1884, Yandoit Church faithfully served the local community for over 100 years until the doors were finally closed in 1993. Fast forward over 20 years and the old building was in a serious state of disrepair. Following an extensive restoration and extension, the property was reopened as holiday accommodation in 2016 and can now be enjoyed by those seeking a truly exceptional country getaway. Pops of colour and texture blend with oak floors, stone finishes and remnant paintworks in the nave. The property is a testament to style and grace and is a fine example of a sympathetic, yet modern, renovation of a building that has been rescued from ruin.

What guests are saying about Yandoit Church:
Overall Rating 4.7/5

What a beautiful unique space. The decor is just beautiful and the quality of everything in the property met my high expectations! The linen, All the gorgeous kitchen utensils and the beautiful coloured decor items. Wonderful place for kids and the selected toys and books were a wonderful addition! Very greatful we could use these. The birds, sounds of nature and also silence was exactly what we were hoping from this stay. Would visit again for sure.

Breanne – October 2018

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Paul Bangay The Farmhouse

7. Paul Bangay The Farmhouse, Denver

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Ideally located 10 to 20 minutes from Daylesford, Kyneton, Glenlyon, Malmsbury and Trentham, and surrounded by some of Victoria’s best wineries, farmers markets, dining experiences, shopping and awe-inspiring landscapes, The Farmhouse is a labour of love for internationally acclaimed landscape designer, Paul Bangay. Nestled off the well-worn tourist track The Farmhouse is set 100 meters from the main house and garden of Stonefields, Paul’s country residence. Accommodating up to 8 guests this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the magic and majesty of Paul’s design.

What guests are saying about Paul Bangay The Farmhouse:
Overall Rating 4.9/5

The Farmhouse is spectacular. The attention to detail is superb. Luxurious is the only word that comes to mind.

Deidre – January 2019

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Hillcrest Apartment

8. Hillcrest Apartment, Clunes

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A handsome late Victorian bluestone home of generous proportions, Hillcrest has undergone a historically sensitive refurbishment to bring it back to its former glory. Hillcrest Apartment enjoys private use of the entire upper floor of the original building with a wrap-around verandah enjoying sweeping views across the landscaped gardens and to the Clunes township beyond.  Interior designed spaces with a focus on comfort and luxury combine Asian antiques with modern designer pieces to create a truly luxurious but comfortable home away from home.

What guests are saying about Hillcrest Apartment:
Overall Rating 5/5

Absolutely beautiful apartment! My husband and I stayed for the long weekend with our toddler and had a wonderful time. Gorgeous views over gardens from the balcony, stunning furnishings, amazing bathroom with a big bath! Ample kitchen with everything you need for cooking, comfy big beds! It was nice to be in a quieter town and see all the historical buildings but a close enough drive to still enjoy all the other attractions. Highly recommend!! It’s even better than the pics!

Natalie – November 2018

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Little Wombat

9. Little Wombat, Daylesford

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Reminiscent of an elegant Parisian garden apartment, Little Wombat is a gorgeously furnished and extended 1860’s Australian miner’s cottage offering a restful escape from the bustle of city life. Little Wombat has a stylishly modern and elegant kitchen, two bedrooms and a spacious bathroom with two person spa and large walk-in shower. The cottage has sweeping views of the Daylesford countryside and canopied gardens beckon you outdoors with a book and glass of your favourite wine.

What guests are saying about Little Wombat:
Overall Rating 4.4/5

We would highly recommend Little Wombat. The location was perfect, the cottage contained everything we required and was decorated to perfection. We look forward to returning!

Marnie – March 2019

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Morgantis

10. Morgantis, Eganstown

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A tranquil country setting provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable stay at Morgantis. The heritage façade of the property is reminiscent of Daylesfords early history when settlers were drawn to the region during the gold rush in 1860. Beyond the original architecture are more recent additions including a relaxed living and dining space that comfortably caters for 10 guests. Head outdoors for a game of Bocce, try your luck gold panning by the creek, or cook up a storm in the great outdoors by the pizza oven.

What guests are saying about Morgantis:
Overall Rating 4.6/5

We absolutely love our stays at Morgantis…the decor is gorgeous, the rooms are comfortable, the kitchen is well appointed and the location is stunning!

Bill – December 2018

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Schafhalle

11. Schafhalle, Hepburn

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A modern and stylish dwelling with views over native bushland, Schafhalle features two bedrooms with King Beds, each with its own ensuite. Designed with absolute luxury in mind, the interiors include stunning pieces such as a custom made Tasmanian Oak dining table and artwork from famed Australian photographer Kara Rosenlund. A stand out feature is the large sunken spa, set at floor level, which enjoys views overlooking the outdoor deck and valley.

What guests are saying about Schafhalle:
Overall Rating 4.5/5

Quiet and cosy little spot just off the main road, very clean and comfy with a touch of luxury with the spa in the room – great touch! Will return!

Emma – March 2019

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The Clubhouse - Hepburn Springs Acco

12. The Clubhouse, Hepburn

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The Clubhouse is an interior designed modern home perfect for family groups, couples, friends and girls weekends. Sitting on a beautiful parcel of land next to the Hepburn golf course, the elevated position grants gorgeous views across the garden and orchard to the native bushland beyond.  A comfortable lounge features huge windows where you can spot Kangaroos and all types of native birds that visit the beautifully landscaped gardens.

What guests are saying about The Clubhouse:
Overall Rating 4.6/5

There is something very special about this home. As soon as you walk in the front door, you know you are going to have a fantastic stay We had a wonderful holiday as a couple at the clubhouse! (And this was our second time around). It is definitely a home away from home, and somewhere you can totally relax.

Paul – January 2019

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