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Hello Spring! With spring in the air, it’s time to step outside and enjoy some sunshine. We’ve chosen 11 country escapes that will get you outside and enjoying the fresh

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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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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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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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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8. Langfields – Wheatsheaf

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Langfields is nestled on acres of solitude, far from the stresses of urban life. A fabulous property, offering stylish off-the-grid sustainable living, it is an opportunity to unplug, escape and unwind surrounded by nature. Take the chance to reconnect with friends and family (children and pets welcome) at this hidden hide-away. Travel down the tree lined driveway which opens up to a unique farm-stay style home sited on 6 acres, with a fully fenced yard for the kids and dog to play in.

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

My wife and I had a wonderful relaxing weekend, 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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9. 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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10. 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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