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In need of some tranquillity? This exquisite escape overlooks Lake Daylesford and guarantees an immediate sense of calm.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS Lake House offers everything you\'d expect of a luxury retreat, including a magnificent water view, an on-site spa and beautifully appointed suites. But the attention to detail here makes it that much more special. The rooms are reminiscent of deluxe country house but also feature striking artefacts. The gardens are picture-perfect and practical thanks to the extensive kitchen garden. Pius, the restaurant —celebrated for its use of local produce—is one of Australia\'s best, garnering two chefs\' hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

DAILY AGENDA Watch the mist roll off Lake Daylesford from the comfort of your verandah or see it up close—the Peace Mile track encircles the lake and inn easy die stunning walk (mind the ducks!).As you\'re in spa country, partake in some serious relaxation. In Daylesford, the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa ( offers mineral-water pools as well as a salt therapy pool. Or stay closer to home and pick your pleasure at Lake House\'s decadent Salus Spa. —KIRSTENCALLIOTT

Rooms from S448 per night; The Lake House is a 90-minute drive from Melbourne Airport.

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In Style March 2014