A brand-new experience for experiential travelers and a new benchmark for laid back sustainable luxury.
If you’re a fan of Victoria’s applauded Lake House Daylesford, you’ll love Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm, freshly minted in the same patch of countryside by the Wolf-Tasker family. Set on a 15-hectare regenerative farm in the hamlet of Musk, the European-style lodge offers luxurious serviced accommodation for groups of up to 12 guests in six rooms with ensuites.
And when they say farm, they mean it – there’ll always be growers and gardeners, often the beekeeper or viticulturalist. And then there’s the bakers. After a quick ‘early riser’ coffee you might be lured out on an early morning walk by the birdsong and the mist lying in the gullies, but you’ll be spurred on by the smell of fresh bread and pastries baking. Make sure to stop by for a chat in the Bake House, before heading through the formal gardens and the olive groves and onto the vegetable and herb gardens where the morning’s harvest will be in progress – destined for the tables at Lake House. Walk down the Manchurian Pear walk to the dam and stop for a few moments of silence – you may be rewarded with the sight of a mother kangaroo and her joey, a water bird fishing and certainly the croaking of frogs.
By now your concierge/butler will be grinding fresh coffee beans in the lodge kitchens and guests will be stirring in readiness for the country breakfast that awaits. Conversation flows and people make arrangements for their day. And there are always options: relax in the library, or enjoy the peace and quiet somewhere in the extensive gardens with a good book; spend more time strolling through the vineyard and across the pastures; or take on a local off-site adventure on foot or on one of Dairy Flat’s electric bikes.
Pretty Leitches Creek Mineral Spring, Daylesford Cidery and Passing Clouds Winery, down local country lanes, are all minutes away. The latter two both offer delicious tipples and relaxed casual lunch options (and there’s no need for your car). Then there’s nearby Istra, where you can fill your basket with local ham, salami and prosciutto. Bring it back to Dairy Flat, cut up a loaf of the Bake House’s fresh sourdough and enjoy it all in the sunshine with a glass of house wine. All that exercise and fresh air might require an afternoon nap – possibly interrupted by the jangle of the drinks cart as Aperitivo hour expands the variety of libations available in the honour bar. There’ll be laughter over backgammon or charades. Conversations will flourish. Some will take to the cedar hot tub overlooking the vineyard, others may wish to wait until the adjacent firepit is lit and enjoy the inky star-strewn skies.
Your concierge/butler will have discussed dinner options with you. A casual meal in Daylesford? A relaxed shared farm platter meal at Dairy Flat? Or perhaps a seat at the table at Lake House, one of the finest restaurants in Australia. All you need to do is ask.
After more experiences? There is also a calendar of workshops, tours and classes available that Lodge residents are able to book into.
Dairy Flat Farm and Lodge is now available for groups (up to 12 guests) and smaller tribes (two to four guests).
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 3 5348 3329.