A former yoga centre and wellness retreat, Arya has been transformed into a six-bedroom holiday home in the hamlet of Lyonville, just a short 12-minute drive from Daylesford & Hepburn Springs. Keeping the wellness retreat theme alive, owners Robyn & Andrew have created a luxe, nature-inspired oasis perfect for your next group or family getaway.
Robyn and Andrew are the sort of people that when they decide to do something, they do it really well. They have spent years as industry leaders running their own audio-visual business that delivers high quality expert crew and services with cutting edge technology to any sort of event, in any sort of location. They have refurbished homes in the past, and love the creative process of putting a home together and with their logistical know how, they know how to make it a fun and energising process.
When they started looking for a holiday home, and a new creative project to sink their teeth into, they wanted something that would comfortably fit their four children and three granddaughters. Keen horse riders, they were also looking for something with land so that they could keep horses for Andrew and the grandkids to ride.
When we first found Arya, she was a little run down and overgrown but we could feel it’s good vibes and see its strong bones. In its previous inception, the house was ‘Daylesford Hatha Yoga’ and a wellness retreat, with the garden beds cultivated to grow medicinal herbs and plants using biodynamic principles. Food as medicine classes were held here and along with the herbs, nectarine, apple, olive, grape, walnut, almond, plum and mulberry were amongst the plantings found here. It was touted as a place ‘for travellers and those seeking a place to reside for gentle healing and a quiet place to relax’ explains Robyn.
The Wellness Retreat feeling is still alive with all visitors citing an increased feeling of well-being and relaxation after their visit, with the nickname ‘Villa of Contentment’ being coined by many.
With this background in mind, they felt that it was important to find a name that represented the property and it’s essence well. It’s said that the female meaning of Arya in India is “noble goddess”. From healing beginnings to new luxe and nature-inspired interiors, Arya seems to suit the property beautifully.
Robyn explains a little about their inspiration when refurbishing the home.
We have continued the theme of wellness with the emphasis on all things uplifting – spaces that connect with nature and are enhanced by art and furnishings that complement rather than detract. The colour scheme is inspired by the forests themselves and used to create this little oasis of calm where you can commune with nature and the important people in your life – friends and family, making memories that will last a lifetime.
This six-bedroom home not only has five king size bedrooms and one queen size, each with its own unique character, but four generous sized common areas which give plenty of space to enjoy time together. A fully equipped kitchen and ample dining space make catering a breeze whilst the large deck area to the rear is perfect for a lazy long lunch or twilight dinner whilst contemplating the myriad of stars in the clear night sky.
Arya is located in the beautiful little hamlet of Lyonville – a mere eight minutes from the popular village of Trentham and 12 minutes to the ever-gorgeous Daylesford.
The house, on the fringe of the Wombat State Forest, is right on the Domino Trail for those who love a good forest walk, along with many other trails for day hikes. A short stroll up the Domino path to the right will take you through to the local pub, the Radio Springs Hotel, which being at the ‘Centre of the Universe’ is a good place to start for a cold bevy or a chef-cooked gourmet dinner.
Daylesford Wine Tours are happy to pick up from here for that introduction to the local wineries, and for those seeking something a little different, Hanging Rock Llama treks offer a unique experience of leading Llamas along the Domino!