14 Family Friendly Holiday Homes

There's more to Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges than day spas, good food and wine. The region is also a favourite destination for families with a range of activities suitable for all ages. Try your hand at fishing at Tuki Trout Farm, go horseriding at Hepburn Lagoon Trail Rides or take a bushwalk sampling the many mineral springs along the way. Below, we have put together a sample of holiday homes in the region that are perfect for accommodating family groups of all sizes and ages to make your next Daylesford getaway a family affair.

1. Arya – Lyonville

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Located in the lovely hamlet of Lyonville – a mere eight minutes from Trentham and 12 minutes to Daylesford, Arya is a beautifully styled property perfect for a large family or group getaway. 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 to enjoy time together.

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Ebony Twig - Family Friendly Accommodation

2. Ebony Twigg – Hepburn Springs

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Straight from the pages of Country Style Magazine, Ebony Twigg in Hepburn Springs is a charming miners cottage converted into a cosy and stylish getaway for eight. In summer the back deck provides a wonderful space to breathe the fresh air and enjoy the view, whilst winters are cosy and warm with a gas log fire and central heating throughout.

What guests are saying about Ebony Twigg:
Overall Rating 4.4/5

We enjoyed a long weekend in this lovely, roomy house, conveniently located between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The living area is comfortable, and stylish. The kitchen is well stocked with crockery, pots and cooking utensils, and there is a large kitchen table, suitable for a family weekend away. The beds are very comfortable. Highly recommended.

Barbara – April 2018

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Hill House

3. Hill House – Daylesford

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Located on the northern side of Wombat Hill this charming house backs onto Daylesford’s famed Wombat Botanic Gardens. Beautifully decorated to infuse warmth and comfort throughout, Hill House features two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other, an upstairs loft style bedroom has a king size bed that can be split into 2 x singles as needed. An additional sofa bed is also available to accommodate up to six guests making this an ideal space for families.

What guests are saying about Hill House:
Overall Rating 4.5/5

If you’re looking for a gorgeous country style property, this is the one! Set up high on the hill with views out over Daylesford you can sit on the balcony and take it all in or snuggle on the incredibly comfortable couch with the fire going. The cottage is beautifully styled and incredibly welcoming with a gorgeous loft bedroom too gorgeous not to sleep in. Great location to walk down to the market at the historic railway, with large grounds to feel like your miles away from the hustle and bustle but a short drive to everything. Absolutely loved it here and will definitely be back.

Kerrie – November 2018

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4. Amanti – Daylesford

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Located in a quiet residential street, Amanti is a spacious two level house offering modern open-plan living ideal for families and groups. The large living and dining areas are complemented by a spacious outdoor deck with lovely views over the town and the Wombat State Forest in the distance.
Accommodating up to 10 guests in four bedrooms with flexible bedding configurations, free Wifi, two televisions, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and fabulous views, Amanti is hard to beat for your next family or group getaway.

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5. Omaroo – Glenlyon

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This rural escape, located in the peaceful hamlet of Glenlyon, offers superb vistas, sensational sunsets and star-filled skies. Internally the open plan living, dining and fully equipped kitchen area enjoy picturesque countryside views and separate the two bedroom wings. Opening onto expansive decking and garden areas the peaceful interiors flow to the ambient outdoors. The property is ideal for longer stays.

What guests are saying about Omaroo:
Overall Rating 4.3/5

Lovely house in a peaceful location. Loved watching all the kangaroos at dusk and dawn. Very relaxing. House was so comfortable we could have happily stayed longer.

Jonathan – March 2019

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6. Greenlands – Hepburn Springs

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Set behind a magnificent 140-year-old Oak tree, Greenlands is a newly renovated 1860’s miner’s cottage. The picture-perfect cottage has been thoroughly refurbished with soft and natural tones and a classic contemporary feel. Three bedrooms sleep six in style and comfort whilst the beautiful kitchen and open plan living and dining area set the scene for wonderful gatherings. Greenlands can be booked together with neighbouring Green Retreat to cater for groups of up to 10.

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

Love the old oak tree and the quiet place to enjoy my family weekend. Will definitely recommend to my friends and back again. Thank you!

Cindy – October 2018

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7. Campari – Daylesford

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Nestled just 300m to Lake Daylesford, Campari is a cosy country retreat ideal for couples, small groups and families. An open plan layout 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, with a spectacular bathroom that includes a luxurious two person bath and walk-in shower.

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

Comfortable beds, private beautiful garden, cosy living room with fireplace and amazing deep bath. This house is cute, clean and lovely. Perfect for a cosy relaxing weekend.

Ana – March 2019

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8. Katherine – Hepburn Springs

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Featuring all the comforts of home, Katherine is a spacious contemporary two-story holiday home ideal for families and groups of friends. Four bedrooms accommodate up to 10 guests in comfort and the multiple living areas provide ample space for people wanting to get together to enjoy each other’s company or retreat to their own space for some quiet time.

What guests are saying about Katherine:
Overall Rating 4.2/5

What a lovely house right near the golf course so could walk and take the kids to see all the wild kangaroos there. Great amount of space and great for entertaining and for families.

Rosie – March 2019

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Lightshift Clunes

9. Lightshift – Clunes

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Nestled in the hilltops, Lightshift is an oasis of comfort and style, providing a front row seat to nature’s ever-changing scenic wonders. With a wood fire to keep you cosy, you’ll feel a million miles from nowhere, yet the main street of Clunes is just a 5-minute stroll away. When booking Lightshift Clunes for your next getaway, let the owners know in the note section what is bringing you to Clunes. If travelling with children, the owners would love to know their ages, so a specially curated box of toys can be left!

What guests are saying about Lightshift Clunes:
Overall Rating 5/5

On arrival the owner hid nine easter eggs for our two boys (7 & 2 yrs old) to find inside the house. They loved it! Nice way to start our time at Lightshift. The location is great. Very quiet, relaxing and a great view. The kitchen has all the items you need. One of the best kitchen my wife and I ever cooked in.

Neil – April 2019

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Ablac House

10. Ablac House – Wheatsheaf

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This welcoming house presents guests with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a tranquil bushland getaway. The contemporary hideaway is situated in a peaceful location amongst the gum trees. A modern three-bedroom abode enables you to get away as a group of friends or as a family and really appreciate your time away. Make the most of the spacious decking area and create a BBQ feast or simply sit back with a drink and listen to the sounds of nature. Unwind looking for visiting kangaroos and enjoy watching cockatoos and kookaburras swoop through the trees.

What guests are saying about Ablac House:
Overall Rating 4.65/5

We had a lovely stay for the weekend with our two children. A true Australian experience with kangaroos, kookaburras and echidna. The house is very well set up!

Eliza – October 2018

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11. 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. 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. Three bedrooms are decorated beautifully, the main consisting of an ensuite with a double shower.  A full main bathroom is also part of this great modern home. It is fully self-contained with a laundry and a chef’s kitchen stocked with everything you may need to prepare that special meal.

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

An impeccable home with everything you could possibly need and more. In a great location to explore the area and all the surrounding towns and sights. Would highly recommend and stay again.

Kaity – April 2019

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Helix House

12. Helix House – Daylesford

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Set on a large property with sprawling gardens, Helix House is a place to come and enjoy. Make the most of the comfortable set up, a large kitchen and dining area with stunning views, outdoor entertaining and BBQ, WIFI, hundreds of interesting books and a quiet reading corner. Plenty of room to gather as a group, or find your own quiet space, there is even your own turret to climb and sit in quiet contemplation among the clouds surveying the beautiful landscape.

What guests are saying about Helix House:
Overall Rating 4.4/5

We felt right at home in Helix House. It is easy to find and close to town (we drove in) set on 5 acres and backing onto bush land. We enjoyed the birds, the kangaroos and the blue tongue lizard that visited! It’s an architecturally designed home which we enjoyed exploring and we made sure to enjoy the glorious weather and views from the many different verandas. It was perfectly clean and a joy to call home for three nights!

Carolyn – February 2019

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13. Musk Springs – Musk

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Breathtaking sweeping rural views from the outdoor hot tub is one of many features that will have you returning to Musk Springs time after time. Located only minutes from Daylesford and Hepburn Springs down a beautiful country lane, you will feel yourself relax and unwind as you pass ancient Oaks, Elms and Eucalyptus trees on your way to a playground set up for families, friends, couples or girls.  Set on 12 acres the elevated position allows you to take in panoramic views from both indoor and out of the region stretching far below, with its own spring with crystal clear mineral water that flows from the taps.

What guests are saying about Musk Springs:
Overall Rating 4.3/5

Musk Springs is a great spot for an absolute getaway. So private and relaxing. It caters for young families too with a great big backyard and playground equipment.

Jo – March 2019

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Sonoma House Daylesford Accommodation

14. Sonoma House – Daylesford

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Located in the centre of Daylesford township, Sonoma House is a unique five bedroom home a short walk to all that Daylesford has to offer. Four bedrooms and one bathroom are found in the main residence with a fifth bedroom and second bathroom in the separate ‘Stables’ building accommodating up to 11 guests in total. Beautifully decorated this ideal destination is suited to couples, families, groups and intimate gatherings seeking beautiful accommodation in the heart of Daylesford.

What guests are saying about Sonoma House:
Overall Rating 4.2/5

We absolutely loved this gorgeous house; had amazing sleeps in the comfy beds, great family meals at the big dining table, perfect open fires, and drank cups of tea and read magazines back to back on the day bed in the sunshine. We will be back soon!

Correne – April 2019

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