A guest favourite for over fifteen years, Daylesford Spa Villa Three has offered visitors a peaceful getaway highlighted by a private outdoor spa bath and stunning views along Doctors Gully, all whilst being close enough to town to stroll back after a long lunch or lazy dinner. After purchasing the property, new owners Kerrie and Peter saw an exciting opportunity to build on what had already been a great offering and refresh the property with updated furnishings and luxurious features.
Kerrie and Peter had been looking for a project in the area. Daylesford had special significance to them with Kerrie spending most weekends of her childhood coming up to Blackwood to stay with her grandparents. Her memories of spending time walking through the Lerderderg State Forest, heading to the Sunday markets and filling up on mineral water have been with her throughout her life, and she knew that she wanted another reason to visit regularly.
Daylesford Spa Villa Three presented the perfect opportunity. Whilst in need of an upgrade, the property had great bones and features that guests loved and they knew they could add to the offering creating something really special for future guests coming to the region. Kerrie took inspiration from the surrounding bush and wanted to incorporate green elements into the refurbishment. With this vision in mind she engaged Jessica Holmes from Dunbarlo Interiors to bring her vision to life and the result is simply stunning!
We spoke with Jessica and asked her to take us through what she envisioned for the space and what guests now experience when they stay at Daylesford Spa Villa Three.
“Because of its unique setting surrounded by beautiful bushland with such dramatic views down through the gully I wanted to focus on a feeling of nature and retreating through the interior styling at Spa Villa Three.
The notion of “switching off” from the world came to mind when thinking about which way to take the interiors, as it has this great sense of privacy and seclusion to it which is what drew Peter and Kerrie to it originally. You could spend days and days here just taking in the views, rejuvenating your mind and body and truly relaxing.
The colour palette and selections were heavily influenced by the views with the addition of a utilitarian / wilderness type look that offers plenty of comforts, but elements of luxury also – for example, you can now lounge in a sumptuous robe by the outdoor hot tub with a hot cup of coffee from the new Nespresso machine. It’s like your private day spa.
I engaged photographer Danny Wootton to shoot a custom feature mural for the bedroom area, which was photographed locally and brings a real sense of the outdoors to this space. His work is so dramatic and beautifully moody, I knew it was what the villa needed. Keeping the theme of nature, the bedroom pieces are a combination of art deco vintage and customised cane, coupled with natural linen, cotton bedding, and wool blankets.
By adding a dark green linen drape to the big feature windows in both the upstairs and downstairs spaces, this has framed up the view and softens the contemporary bones of the villa. The lounge is now a space where you can curl up on the large corner sofa, or take to the sumptuous timber framed armchair closer to the fire with a book.
It’s the perfect place for a couple who are after privacy and appreciate the natural beauty of an Australian country landscape – you would never know you’re in Daylesford looking down through that gully from the hot tub; – heaven”.