Tell us something about your property. Do you know the history of your property? What style of property is it ?
Beecroft House is a fully renovated, spacious Edwardian country house two blocks from Vincent Street shops and restaurants. It was build circa 1910 for a manager in the local government and features pressed metal ceilings which were imported from England in the early 20th century. It has only had a few owners, so the character of the house has been preserved.
What was your inspiration when creating your holiday home?
My inspiration was to create the ambiance of a classic country house which respects the character of the house but offers contemporary space, light and amenities. I wanted a place of serenity where people could gather – both guests and my friends and family. Over twenty years ago I was looking for a house in Daylesford and spent one day looking at a few houses, but Beecroft had a feeling of grand space and great bones. It was in much need of renovation, so I engaged an architect to transform the house and completely re-designed the garden. I have now refurbished twice!
Why did you choose this region as the location for your holiday home?
I grew up in Ballarat, so Daylesford was a perfect distance from Melbourne and close to friends and family in Ballarat. But most importantly it is set in undulating, picturesque countryside with one of the most sophisticated dining and hospitality scenes in country Australia. I also loved the proximity to other towns and have found over the years that exploring the area is always interesting.
What is the story behind the name of your property?
I chose to name the house, Beecroft House, because of its English origin which seems to suit the style.
What is your favourite part of the property?
It’s difficult to choose – I like the large living/dining area at the back for its airy space, country views and the great times I have shared with people there. But I also like the library mood of the front living room which would have been the original sitting room in the old house.
What sort of experience do you want your guests to have when staying at your property?
I hope guests enjoy the special atmosphere of the house, its serenity and relaxation which they can share with friends and create memories.
What is your favourite time of the year to visit the region and why?
All seasons are beautiful in Daylesford because you are connected to the countryside and the changes in the light and landscape are enriching. If I have to choose, it would be Autumn (but then Spring is lovely, and being by the fire in winter is special …)
What do you think is special about this region?
The picturesque countryside combined with exceptional dining, shopping and spas. You can retreat into a beautiful space and take in the views, walk around the lake and revitalise or you can enjoy the many experiences of the town.
Do you have a favourite village or hamlet to visit near Daylesford and what do you like about it?
I like Trentham for its original streetscapes, old trees and cafes.
What are your top tips for places to eat and things to do in the region?
I love to eat with friends at Mercato and lunch at Lavandula. I discovered Vaughan Springs recently on the way to Castlemaine. It’s a mostly deserted gold rush town with some original cottages, a humble old cemetery and a separate Chinese Cemetery. It was once a thriving town of gold diggers which you can sense in what remains. There is also a wonderful gorge full of poplar trees where the mines used to be – beautiful in Autumn.
If you were to create an itinerary for a perfect weekend stay in the region, from check in to check out, what would this include?
Friday night dinner at Mercato. Saturday, a long breakfast at home on the banquette, then wander the shops before a late lunch at the Boathouse followed by a walk around Lake Daylesford. Buy some delicatessen treats at Tonna’s and have cocktails and antipasto at home on the deck or by the fire.
If you are still hungry, dine at the Argus Dining Room or the Lakehouse. Sunday, visit Lavandula for lunch and drive on to Yandoit, where you will find ruins of Swiss Italian houses from the 1860s – some of which have been restored.
For a lovely walk head back through Daylesford to Lake Jubilee, just 5 minutes from the town and on the way buy Des O’Toole’s cold pressed and most delicious honey from a roadside stall. At Lake Jubilee walk along past the campsite through an avenue of towering elm trees set in the bush.
Head back to Melbourne via the charming Trentham where you can have coffee and cake at the Redbeard Bakery which still bakes bread in the original 19th-century oven.
What Guests are Saying about Beecroft House
Fabulous house and facilities …
… would recommend it to friends.
Deb – May 2017
A beautiful home that oozes charm and character. It is superbly styled and provided a warm, cozy place for my siblings and I to catch up. We all absolutely loved the home.
Venita – August 2016
Every year for the last 12 years three of my girlfriends and I head away for a 3 night break to wine, dine, pamper and recharge. We have stayed in many luxury accommodations over this time booked through a variety of sources whether be stayz, wotif, private rentals etc in many different locations across Victoria. Beecroft House undoubtedly ranks in the top 3. It felt homely right from opening the front door. The small touches such as the heater turned on, fire stoked, hamper and beautiful surroundings made it a weekend to remember. The owners have put much thought into this beautiful house and I feel so fortunate we got to stay there. We will absolutely be back next year as we want to enjoy this house and the beautiful Daylesfore region once again.
Amanda – May 2015