Step into Spring at these 12 Country Escapes

Hello Spring! With spring in the air, it's time to step outside and enjoy some sunshine. We've chosen 12 country escapes that will get you outside and enjoying the fresh country air.
Orchards at Spring Vale Farm

1. Orchards at Spring Vale Farm – Weatherboard

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For most people, there’s something special about a day in the country. Sharing in a slice of Australia’s rural heritage is a rare opportunity that will add an extra dimension to any getaway. Orchards at Spring Vale Farm is a special occasion homestead, for those looking to celebrate with an intimate circle of friends or family, or a place you can simply relax and enjoy the company of the ones you love. Located in Weatherboard, near Lake Learmonth and around 15 minutes outside of Ballarat.

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Country Escapes

2. Breakneck Gorge Akora – Hepburn Springs

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The recently refurbished Akora at Breakneck Gorge is a stylish destination for lovers of nature, architecture and romance. This 18-hectare retreat at Elevated Plains is the first rural property on the edge of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford, and just minutes from the main street. Akora, whose name is derived from an Aboriginal word for dwelling, is a minimal and understated private retreat. This room with a view reflects the very best of contemporary country design fused with inner-city warehouse chic for a look and feel that is laid back and luxurious.

What guests are saying about Breakneck Gorge Akora:
Overall Rating 4.7/5

What a magical place. From the moment we started driving up the driveway we knew we were somewhere special. There is nothing not to like about this gorgeous place so I highly recommend it for anyone looking for something a bit special, and just an overall feeling of peace and calm in a stunning setting. Can’t wait to visit again!

Sally – May 2019

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Morgantis

3. Morgantis – Eganstown

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Relaxed surrounds and a quaint rural setting only minutes from Daylesford’s town centre offer a memorable escape at Morgantis.  The heritage facade of the property is reminiscent of Daylesfords early settlers, drawn to the region during the gold rush in 1860. Head outdoors for a game of Bocce, try your luck gold panning by the creek, or cook up a storm in the great outdoors by the pizza oven.

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

Our third stay at Morgantis in six years. All our family, kids and grandkids, get together and have a fantastic week together. Both the residence, the property and the general location are excellent. We always do it in winter for my wife’s birthday which although often cold and wet is actually a big part of the appeal in a cosy house with the fire, pizza oven and plenty of local things to do in Daylesford and beyond.

Graeme – July 2019

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Reverie 101

4. Reverie 101 – Lyonville

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This romantic, but ultra-modern cottage is designed as a blissful home-like retreat with exquisite high quality furnishings, set in magnificent ten acre gardens in Lyonville, just a 15 mins drive out of Daylesford or  8 min to Trentham. The retreat adjoins the Wombat State Forest with several walking tracks and the lovingly designed onsite landscape garden is yours to enjoy, including an abundance of local wildlife to watch.

What guests are saying about Reverie 101:
Overall Rating 4.8/5

Perfect R&R trip, a stunning property with beautiful interior and unique art pieces. The property overlooks a carefully landscaped garden, enjoy peaceful morning walks and explore the art sculptures.

Maily – January 2019

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Ablac House

5. 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.

What guests are saying about Ablac House:
Overall Rating 4.6/5

Our stay at Ablac House was just amazing. It was the perfect hideaway get away for our family. We loved the kangaroos that would often come to say hello. The peace was divine. The open fireplace such a delight. And loved the endless supppy of firewood. The shower luxurious to use. What you see is what you get. It looked just as it did in the photos. At Ablac you really feel like you are away from it all in the bush without being too far out of town. This was truly one of our best long weekends away together as a family. Has everything you need, very cozy and relaxing. We did not want to leave. We definitely hope to return one day!

Renee – June 2019

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The French House - Trentham Accommodation

6. The French House – Trentham

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The French House is a luxury country retreat, custom-built in a distinctly French provincial style. The house comfortably accommodates eight guests, with spacious living and outdoor areas making it ideal for groups, couples or families. This extraordinary accommodation in Trentham is just over an hour from Melbourne CBD and offers the perfect launching pad for those wanting to explore Trentham and the surrounding towns and hamlets of Daylesford, Kyneton, Glenlyon and more.

What guests are saying about The French House:
Overall Rating 4.8/5

We absolutely loved our stay at The French House. It is perfect for a family or group of couples. Everything was clean, cosy and comfortable. Our family love to play tennis and even in 2 degrees we spent hours on the court. We captured some great memories as a family and we haven’t stopped talking about it to everyone we know! The home is so inviting and absolutely gorgeous and our brisk walks to Trentham town were so enjoyable. We hope to return again!

Sandra – July 2019

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Flynns Hill - Kyneton

7. Flynns Hill – Kyneton

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Set atop a private 15 acres in Kyneton, Flynns Hill’s ‘grand designs’ style home offers modern luxury accommodation. Stay in one of four well appointed bedrooms, each with stunning views. Your hardest decision will be to enjoy a sunset drink on your private deck overlooking the valley towards Spring Hill, spend time with friends around the fire pit or to sink deep in a warm bath and watch the sun go down.

What guests are saying about Flynns Hill:
Overall Rating 4.8/5

What a beautiful home and a delight to stay in. Needed for nothing as everything was thought of, very comfortable, lovely view and perfect location. After a shop at Duck Duck Goose and Piper Street Food Co the fridge and pantry were stocked for the weekend of relaxation and family time. Didn’t want to leave!!!

Anita – June 2019

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Hog Hill

8. Hog Hill – Wheatsheaf

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A 10-minute drive from Vincent Street Daylesford, Hog Hill is situated on acres of solitude far from the stresses of urban life. A fabulous property offering stylish off-the-grid living for you, your friends or family and beloved pets.  Located at Wheatsheaf,  this unique farm-stay style home is sited on 6 acres, with a fully fenced yard for the kids and dog to play in.

What guests are saying about Hog Hill:
Overall Rating 4.2/5

My wife and I had a wonderful relaxing weekend at Hog Hill, together with Buster the Labrador wonderdog. The large Ned Kelly woodheater delivered the warmth and ambience expected in a country house (but not often provided). The facilities were great and it is obvious that the owners love their property, by the way it was presented. Birdlife abounded, with sightings of kangaroos, horses and alpacas. It was terrific to have a fully fenced back yard for Buster, so we could dine at Daylesford and Trentham without any worries. We will be back !

Michael – May 2019

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McGinty's

9. McGinty’s Stone Cottage – Yandoit

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This beautiful cottage, built with local stone, is located in Yandoit approx 10 minutes outside of Hepburn Springs. It is set on 10 acres and is nestled in the hills high above the tree line with magnificent views of Mt Franklin and the surrounding countryside. For those seeking peace and quiet with absolute tranquility, McGintys Stone Cottage is the perfect retreat, to be appreciated in all seasons.

What guests are saying about McGinty’s Stone Cottage:
Overall Rating 4.9/5

This cottage is something else. Perfectly positioned on top of a hill with an incredible outlook over its own land (including a dam and rolling hills). We loved being able to sit on the porch and watch the kangaroos go bouncing past

Caitlin – April 2019

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10. Persimmon – Clunes

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Persimmon is a late 1860s ironmongers shop residence converted into a warm and welcoming one-bedroom abode in the heart of Clunes. The restoration of this historic building has seen original period features kept that provide a reminder of a time long past. Small and elegant, a focus has been placed on beautiful fabrics, and a contemporary period style that come together to create a special and memorable space. Petite, but perfect, everything you need is here.

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

Persimmon is a deliciously cute and comfortable cottage in a fabulous position in Clunes. The owners go to a lot of trouble to make it welcoming with fruit, biscuits and even a bath bomb. Great place to stay.

Kerry – August 2019

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11. 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. This is a one off property set in a remarkable location.
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 girl’s groups.

What guests are saying about Musk Springs:
Overall Rating 4.2/5

A wonderful property that is situated a little out of Daylesford. Spacious house with beautiful views. Loved the spa watching the sun go down. Would definitely stay again.

Narelle – May 2019

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Aghadoe

12. Aghadoe – Springmount

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Nestled on 60 acres, Aghadoe is an 1860’s homestead that has been transformed with gorgeously styled interiors paying homage to its stunning period features. Boasting established gardens, majestic fir trees and an abundance of open areas, Aghadoe is a haven for families, friends or girls groups seeking a tranquil escape with all the comforts of home.

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