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
12 6 3
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.
What guests are saying about Arya:
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2. Ebony Twigg – Hepburn Springs
8 4 1
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
4. Greenlands – Hepburn Springs
6 3 2
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
5. Campari – Daylesford
4 2 1
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
6. Katherine – Hepburn Springs
10 4 3
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
7. Ablac House – Wheatsheaf
6 3 1
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
8. Gorge Vue on Main – Hepburn
6 3 2
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
10. Musk Springs – Musk
8 3 2
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
11. 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