Top 20 Guest Rated Properties of 2019

Browse our Top Rated Properties of 2019 as rated by YOU our guests! From modern masterpieces to cosy cottages, houses to accommodate the largest of families to intimate retreats for couples, our list of Top Rated Properties represents the best of the best in Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges. Enjoy!

Every year, we welcome over 30,000 guests to Dayget and every guest has the opportunity to rate and review their stay. Guest reviews are overwhelmingly positive and we are honoured to represent some of the best accommodation our wonderful region has to offer.

This month, we sifted through our reviews to find the Top Rated properties as rated by you, our guests. This collection of properties each have at least 15 guest reviews and have consistently achieved above average ratings with an overall star rating of 4.8/5 or above.

As we celebrate the Top Rated properties of 2019 we want to take a moment to thank you, our guests, for creating these reviews and to the property owners who open their properties (and their hearts) to create the most exquisite and unique places for you to stay. Gotta love Daylesford and this amazing region!

Here are our 20 Top Rated Properties for 2019.

20. Green Retreat Passive House – Hepburn Springs

4.8/5  | 20 reviews
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Tucked away in Hepburn Springs, Green Retreat Passive House has been thoughtfully designed with some serious green cred. Guests loved the central, but peaceful, location and the modern and comfortable interiors. Guest rated this idyllic retreat a solid 4.8/5 stars.

Our favourite guest review:

My friend and I loved Green Retreat so much! The layout was excellent, beautifully styled, delicious treats, clean, comfy and great location. We would definitely recommend/come again. Thank you!

Madeleine – October 2018

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19. Lakes Edge – Daylesford

4.8/5  | 21 reviews
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Purpose built luxury group accommodation with absolute lake frontage, it’s not hard to see why Lakes Edge features in your Top 20 properties of 2019 with a 4.8/5 star rating. People who stayed at Lakes Edge were impressed with the amount of space it has to offer (6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms!) and the second to none views across Lake Daylesford. Elegantly styled, Lakes Edge will fulfill your mansion by the lake fantasies.

Our favourite guest review:

The pictures don’t do this beautiful house justice. It’s a lovely place, perfect for getting together in groups but allowing people to have their own private spaces. It’s roomy and comfortable, with homey touches and thoughtful inclusions that made everyone thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Veronica – February 2019

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Persimmon - Clunes Accommodation

18. Persimmon – Clunes

4.8/5  | 28 reviews
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While it may be petite, it’s definitely big on comfort and charm. Persimmon is a late 1860s ironmongers shop residence converted into a warm and welcoming one-bedroom abode in the heart of Clunes. Persimmon made guests smile with its gorgeous furnishings, perfect presentation, central location and peaceful atmosphere earning a rating of 4.8 / 5 stars.

Our favourite guest review:

We absolutely loved this little cottage. It felt like home as soon as we stepped through the gate and we found it very hard to leave. The cottage had everything you could need – from a comfy bed, an amazing couch, great shower, NETFLIX (brilliant touch!) and a coffee machine which was a bonus as being there over New Years – everything in town was shut. It was also so very quiet in both the cottage (extra thick walls) and the town, which was wonderful as that was the whole point of getting away for the holidays. This cottage is a little gem and we can’t wait to come back!

Leigh – January 2019

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Flynns Hill - Kyneton

17. Flynns Hill – Kyneton

4.8/5  | 28 reviews
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This is what every family or group are looking for in a holiday home. Comfortable, beautifully styled and large enough for everyone to come together but still enjoy thier own space. Perfectly located on the edge of Kyneton for easy access to the shops and cafes but providing enough rural ambiance to allow guests to fully relax and enjoy their break. A well deserved 4.8/5 star rating for Flynn’s Hill.

Our favourite guest review:

This was an amazing holiday. We had a beautiful Christmas which was allowed by the stunning views and surrounds as well as a fantastic house. We didn’t want for anything and our family was allowed to make beautiful memories. Absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to have a great country experience.

Anna – December 2018

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The French House - Trentham Accommodation

15. The French House – Trentham

4.8/5  | 35 reviews
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This outstanding house in Trentham ticks all the boxes for people who have stayed. Tennis, spa, bocce, gardens, luxurious linen, beautifully styled and with room for everyone. Close to town but just far enough away… Stunning. The French House has been rated 4.8 / 5 stars .

Our favourite guest review:

This property is stunning. Everything about it was WOW. 8 of us stayed for a ladies weekend away. We each got our own bed, which was wonderful, and we all easily fitted into the main living spaces. Everything was very high quality – from the the linen to the furnishing. Each space is very inviting, and the house lends itself easily to a casual or formal weekend away. We all loved the property, and would definitely stay here again.

Narelle – May 2019

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14. Lakeleigh – Daylesford

4.8/5  | 34 reviews
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Enchanting and magical are the words guests use to describe this elegant and immaculately presented lake side house. Surrounded by spectacular gardens with a terrace, deck and conservatory, you will feel like you are living in a fairy tale at Lakeleigh. Guests loved it so much they rated Lakeleigh an outstanding 4.8 / 5 stars.

Our favourite guest review:

Upon seeing Lakeleigh for the first time It was like a picture out of a fairytale book so beautiful in its setting of mature gardens. The interior was immaculate, every window had an amazing view. A peaceful and relaxing place to stay.

Gavin – October 2018

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13. Boatshed House – Daylesford

4.8/5  | 34 reviews
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As a thoughtfully designed and generously appointed home Boatshed House is a hit with groups and families. With the lake just out the window and town moments away by foot, guests wished for nothing more than to simply return again to enjoy all its comforts.Boatshed House was rated 4.8 / 5 stars.

Our favourite guest review:

The Boatshed House was beautifully appointed with generous sized rooms, king beds that could be split to accommodate the 8 of us on a girls weekend, 3 fantastic bathrooms, again great for our group, and situated right on the Lake for morning walks and an easy walk into town. We visited in winter but I can imagine enjoying a glass of wine while sitting out on the decks in summer.

Sue – July 2018

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12. Harts Lane Haus –  Daylesford

4.8/5  | 48 reviews
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Harts Lane Haus has the best of both worlds; a central location for easy access to all that Daylesford has to offer but enjoying a semi-rural outlook where wildlife abounds. Guests love the location but also fell for the thoughtful interiors and beautiful gardens not to mention the property is also pet friendly. A very deserving 4.8/5 stars for this long time guest favorite.

Our favourite guest review:

Harts Lane Haus is the only place we choose to stay when in Daylesford. My husband and I love the fact that we can bring our dog with us to enjoy lake walks and that there is a cosy second bedroom and spacious bathroom for our guests. The outdoor deck immerses you in the beautiful gardens surrounding the home and provides you with stunning views of the adjacent fields and hills overlooking the town centre. For my husband and I it is our country home away from home that is made possible through the generosity of spirit, care and attention to detail given to this property by its owners.

Cesily – December 2018

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Ducks Bay Lake Daylesford Accommodation

11. Ducks Bay – Daylesford

4.8/5  | 50 reviews
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Location, location, location! Overlooking Lake Daylesford and with direct lake access, Ducks Bay is aptly named with the resident ducks and geese always ready to welcome guests!  The upstairs downstairs layout is a winner for friends or couples and with the immaculate presentation and cleanliness it’s not hard to see why Ducks Bay is in your Top 20 with a rating of 4.8/5.

Our favourite guest review:

A lovely, comfy place to stay. Ideal for my sister and I as we basically had our own space, one upstairs and one downstairs which would also work well for two couples. The location is ideal with beautiful views of the lake and surrounds and far enough off the road so that is not an issue. Would highly recommend a stay here.

Lesley – April 2019

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10. Harts lane Stag and Millies – Daylesford

4.8/5  | 54 reviews
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A two storey house that has been designed to capture the best of the local landscape, Harts Lane Stag & Millies is rated an impressive 4.8/5 stars with over 50 reviews! Set in a beautifully landscaped garden, the interiors here definitely have the wow factor. ‘Beautiful’, ‘Amazing’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘Gorgeous’ are just some of the words used to by guests to describe this Daylesford accommodation gem.

Our favourite guest review:

A perfect property. The location is amazing, the fit out and decor is high end yet warm and the extra touches like the tea selection were lovely. The highlight for me was sitting in the bay window seat with the fireplace warming up the space. Loved it!

Lisa – March 2019

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Aysgarth - Daylesford Accommodation

9. Aysgarth – Daylesford

4.8/5  | 53 reviews
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Beautifully presented and a truly pet friendly property that creates a a cosy and comfortable atmosphere for both humans and pets.  Something highly appreciated by our guests. Situated between town and the lake,  Aysgarth has been enjoyed by many families and groups of friends and has been highly rated at 4.8/5 stars.

Our favourite guest review:

If you are looking for the perfect getaway with family or friends and your beloved pooch I would highly recommend Aysgarth! Very clean, warm, and close to the main township and what is has to offer with all the comforts of home. The goods on arrival and the puppy box were another lovely touch to a fantastic week away!

– Caroline

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8. The Acorn – Daylesford

4.8/5  | 72 reviews
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It’s the little touches that make all the difference at this well appointed cottage. Known for the incredible attention to detail, The Acorn offers quiet seclusion surrounded by a stunning garden for up to 2 guests. Many birthdays and anniversaries have been celebrated here by couples seeking a quiet getaway and The Acorn has earned a 4.8/5 star rating after an incredible 72 reviews!

Our favourite guest review:

Absolute bliss staying in this peaceful location, in what is definitely a luxurious cottage. Well appointed, beautifully presented, extremely comfortable and north facing living area superb in autumn. Stay during the cooler seasons to make the most of the gorgeous fireplace and in-room spa for 2. Great location at the end of the street, secluded gardens yet easy to pop to Main Street for coffee, wine or dinner.

Michelle – May 2019

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7. McGintys Stone Cottage – Yandoit

4.9/5  | 15 reviews
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Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that are the best and McGinty’s Stone Cottage is a perfect example. Perched high on a hill with stunning rural views guests are never disappointed with their stay at McGinty’s. Whether it’s sitting on the porch watching the kangaroos or enjoying the view from next to the fire, getting back to basics and enjoying the serenity can be just what the doctor ordered. Rated 4.9/5 stars McGinty’s has the balance between cleanliness, facilities, location, comfort and value just right.

Our favourite guest review:

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

Montacute Pavilion & Gardens

6. Montacute Pavilion and Garden – Daylesford

4.9/5  | 22 reviews
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Be amazed at this inspirational architectural gem and have your every expectation exceeded. Meticulously crafted and beautifully realised by the owner, Montacute is a delight the moment you enter the gates. Guests love the attention to detail here and the stunning garden that has been a labour of love for the property owner. Simple luxury with a baroque twist is a winning combination at Montacute Pavilion rated 4.9/5 stars.

Our favourite guest review:

The home was an absolute delight from the moment we entered the property. The high end finishing, heated ensuite flooring, beautifully maintained gardens, I could go on about everything at this property because it was one of the best homes we stayed at. Our children loved running around the garden mazes. We’ll definitely stay here again.

Melissa – May 2019

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5. Dollywood – Daylesford

4.9/5  | 40 reviews
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Those who sought something a little different were rewarded with Dollywood’s cool and funky vibe. Guests swooned over the decor but also commented that it has all the facilities and comforts you could possibly need for your stay. Being close to the centre of town isn’t bad either! Rated 4.9 / 5 stars.

Our favourite guest review:

This is a gorgeous property with fantastic amenities that make your trip feel super luxe. It has all the facilities for a larger family so you feel like you are at home. 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms is what you need with 3 teenagers. And even though it has a different vibe to a lot of local properties, it is so cosy and inviting that you will just want to stay indoors, and play games by the fire. Which we do. Hooray for Dollywood!

Gabrielle – June 2018

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4. Kings Cottage

4.9/5  | 47 reviews
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Described as a luxurious cottage with a charming exterior which belies the expansive accommodation beyond the facade, Kings Cottage is a guest favourite for couples or small families. Close to the lake and beautifully appointed with everything you need, King’s Cottage has been rated 4.9/5 stars and deservingly so!

Our favourite guest review:

We loved our stay in this beautiful cottage. The house is spacious with generous sized rooms and two ensuite bathrooms. Perfect for a small family or two couples. The house is light filled and clean with plenty of room to relax. Excellent location on the edge of town right near the lake. Perfect for walks in the wilderness but close enough to saunter into town. Definitely recommend staying at Kings Cottage.

Marco – December 2018

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Illoura - Hepburn Springs Accommodation

3. Illoura – Hepburn Springs

4.9/5  | 49 reviews
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A quintessential cottage that has delighted countless guests, Illoura is in a class of it’s own when it comes to comfortable luxury. Guests rave about the faultless presentation, cosy beds and personal touches that make this home away from home truly unforgettable. Boasting easy access to the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa but in a quiet and peaceful location, Illoura is simply ahhhh-mazing at 4.9/5 stars!

Our favourite guest review:

Can’t speak highly enough of Illoura and the surroundings, impeccably clean, attention to detail is amazing. The gift box of assorted local produce is a wonderful surprise when you arrive. Can’t speak highly enough, thank-you.

Beverley – November 2018

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Winter Retreats

2. Paul Bangay’s The Farmhouse – Denver

4.9/5  | 50 reviews
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Gardens, gardens and more gardens. Frequented as a friends get together, guests to The Farmhouse love the grand but relaxed atmosphere created by the comfortable and well appointed house perfectly situated amongst the magical gardens. A favourite of garden lovers and luxury seekers alike, The Farmhouse was honoured with a well earned 4.9/5 star rating.

Our favourite guest review:

Very comfortable house with every amenity in the most magical setting. The autumnal gardens, huge ancient gums, light, bird life and distant vistas were all a total delight. Would highly recommend this place if you are looking for a relaxing long weekend or holiday in one of the more beautiful rural settings in Victoria.

Robyn – May 2019

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Breakneck Gorge OIkos

1. Breakneck Gorge Oikos – Hepburn Springs

5/5  | 44 reviews
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Loved by our guests for its extraordinary architecture, cutting edge design, attention to detail and its thrilling location high on the Hepburn escarpment, Breakneck Gorge Oikos was conceived by the owners as a luxury couples nest designed and built as a place for love, laughter and peace. Featured on Channel Nine’s Postcards and winner of multiple architecture and design awards, Breakneck Gorge Oikos has achieved an incredible 5 out of 5 star rating.

Our favourite guest review:

Our stay at Oikos was absolutely perfect. Not only was the accommodation beautiful, but all the lovely thoughtful touches throughout the home made the stay perfect. Delicious breakfast supplies, fantastic heating that kept the place toasty, bubble bath for the tub, and a stunning sunset were just some of the things that makes this place incredibly special. If you stay at Oikos, make sure you dedicate some solid time to relax in the house, because you won’t want to leave.

Jhilik – May 2019

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