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Amid the quite Victorian town of Daylesford, Lake House is the epitome of elegance and Indulgence...

Beside Lake Daylesford and surrounded by towering trees, Lake House is a haven that seems to drink in the sunlight and clean air of the countryside and infuse it within its open, airy spaces and natural, inspired decor. From its luxurious waterfront lodge room s and suites to its large lakeside restaurant and sleek function and events center, art and intelligent interior design are woven throughout the location to create innovative, individual spaces.

One area which is an example of this elegant design is the Lake House\'s Atrium Villa. Each piece beautifully complements the other elements of the villa, with tones of chocolate brown, russet, teal, and beige. Beneath the soaring ceilings of the lounge­ where a unique chandelier is home to white, perching birds-a plush sofa, scattered fabric- and leather­ upholstered armchairs, along with soft woolen throws provide a cosy home beside the fireplace.

In the bathroom, a massive bathtub is surrounded by grey heated tiles and overhung by a black chandelier. Beyond the bathroom lies a lavish, padded bedroom in jewel tones, which overlooks a private Tuscan courtyard with a fire pit and iron water feature.

From the wide deck and armchairs that provide enjoyable views of the lake to the perfectly design ed lounge with expansive white-framed windows capturing the slow turn of the seasons, the villa is a unique amalgamation of luxury and nature.

Lake House embodies the rural, quiet charm that city slickers seek. With wide roads lined by deciduous trees, this country hamlet is a beautiful haven of gardens, cafes, galleries, and spas. Daylesford is known for its spas, with the region boasting the largest concentration of mineral springs in Australia.

Beside the luxury of Lake House, Lake Daylesford offers a simple and serene experience. As you walk around the lake, geese waddle past and mineral­ spring taps provide a bracing taste of the waters that the region is known for.

Beyond a small bridge lies another large section of the lake, with a second-hand-book shop and cafe providing afternoon tea for sun-soaked travellers. A small tent has been erected next to the lake for the hire of paddle boats, and distant shouts from gleeful, paddling pairs echo across the water. Families encamp around the barbecue facilities, and children race across the grass before plunging into the icy-cool waters.

Back within the sanctuary of the villa, guests relax and peruse the magazines laid across the solid- wood coffee table. After walking in the hot sunshine around the lake, a shower in the immense double-headed shower stall is a must. Beneath the two high-pressure streams, it seems as if you are surrounded by water. With the delicate floral scents of Elemis shampoo and conditioner filling the wide stall, it\'s easy to soak into the atmosphere of contented relaxation that seems to permeate every inch of Lake House.

For dinner, you head to the fabled Lake House restaurant. While the restaurant is renowned for its cuisine, the beautifully designed interiors are equally noteworthy. White-clothed tables are spread around the large restaurant, and the white-framed windows offer wide views of the shimmering water.

Inside, the natural aesthetics are subtly interwoven into the design, with lamps that seem to grow from the floor with tree limbs twining around their stands.

Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to a wide deck that stretches out beneath the trees, with a white fence and umbrellas creating a relaxed, rural feel. As you sit, diners are sure to enjoy a few hours of complete comfort and bliss.

In the villa, you contentedly loll on the lounge beside the fireplace, which ignites with a simple flick of a switch. Staring into the flames with the memories of each dish still fresh on your tongue, it\'s clear that Lake House is a truly unique oasis of relaxation.

After a deep sleep in the king bed, with heavy curtains ensuring no early morning light disturbs your slumber, you quickly immerse yourself in the double-headed shower and get ready. Breakfast at Lake House is an informal continental buffet , with toast, bagels, cereals, fruit salad, Bircher muesli, and a range of topping options including salmon, capers, and cream cheese. Diners can also order a hot breakfast, with eggs, bacon, tomatoes, sausages, and spinach all sourced from quality local producers. In addition to traditional juices like apple and orange, Lake House provides a refreshing watermelon juice.

Following a filling breakfast, Lake House\'s renowned relaxation haven, Salus Spa, awaits. Surrounded by lush ferns and waterfall-fed streams and springs, Salus Spa’s treatment areas provide visitors and guests with a reprieve from the outside world. with accents of blond wood and Tiffany blue throughout the treatment areas, and large nudes by celebrated local painter David Bromley adorning the walls, the spa continues the aesthetics and ambience of understated elegance that Lake House exudes.

While Salus Spa offers hydrotherapy in private, treetop mineral-water spas, advanced performance facials, and seasonal signature body treatments, we choose the indulgent two-hour Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual, which involves a Relaxation Massage and an Elemis Anti-Ageing Facial or Skin Solutions Facial.

This amazing package is delivered by deft-handed masseuse who soothingly eases aches and pains and ensures complete relaxation from start to finish . The Relaxation Massage uses traditional techniques to cover the entire body and knead each muscle with care and precision. Light, scented oils aid the masseuse in her work, while soft instrumental music fills the air. During the mass age, various facial masks

Leaving the Lake House bubble is hard, but you decide to browse the local Daylesford shops and have a light lunch in town. After exploring the plethora of vintage shops that pepper the Daylesford main street, you venture outside the town and visit the famous Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. This amazing retreat houses a cafe and guest shop where visitors can buy handmade products that use the farm\'s own lavender. The Chocolate Mill is also a must-see, with twice-daily chocolate­ making demonstrations and an array of treats to purchase.

After a long day shopping, it is a relief to envelop ourselves once again in the luxury of your villa. You order room service and get a light, frothy carrot soup. Beside the soup, a thin, toasted piece of sourdough is topped with ricotta and a single edible flower. Sitting by the fire, sipping sparkling rose, and eating truffles from The Chocolate Mill with the simple luxury of the Lake House surrounding you is an indulgent experience.

With its unique, elegant design, renowned restaurant, and exceptional service, Lake House is an outstanding retreat within the Victorian countryside not to be missed.


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CEO Magazine 2013