For many, Lake House evokes nostalgic memories of milestones in their own lives, of long lunches, weekend escapes and great parties. For others, Lake House is a benchmark for excellence in a world where service and true hospitality have become ever diminishing commodities.
The creation of Lake House is a story that ignites passion and excitement. From humble beginnings through all sorts of challenges; Lake House has not only grown and thrived but continues to receive state, national and international awards and accolades with its unrivaled 30 years of consistency and excellence.
Lake House sits on the shores of Lake Daylesford, 80 minutes from Melbourne. The small luxury hotel is renowned for its restaurant and cellar which draws food lovers from around the world. Six acres of country gardens extend down to the lake shore and provide guests with immediate access to the Wombat State Forest that lies beyond.
The Lake House property includes one of Australia's top restaurants with two Chefs Hats from the Age Good Food Guide. Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker watches over the menus inspired by the region’s best produce and is often seen testing dishes with the kitchen team, talking to the gardeners in the kitchen garden or coaching pupils in the Cooking School. The cellar, which boasts some 10,000 bottles, was recently awarded Australia’s Wine List of the Year.
The Waterfront Suites feature superior king beds, plush sofas, textured armchairs and soft furnishings in chartreuse, citron, champagne gold and mustard yellows. On the walls are original paintings and prints from resident artist Allan Wolf-Tasker.
The Salus Spa, designed with blonde wood and splashes of Tiffany blue, is surrounded by waterfall fed streams and completes the picture of this indulgent and blissful retreat.
Many of Australia’s top companies choose Lake House for their executive retreats, think tanks and conferences. A state-of-the-art event centre provides excellent facilities and a wonderful working environment. The Lake House location offers perfect team building opportunities, both on site and nearby. Think trout fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, private martial arts classes, yoga, tai chi, gardening workshops, cooking classes, bushwalking and more.
The Lake House incentive program of unique experiences is a fitting reward for best practice performers.
■ Australia’s Best Regional Hotel
Lake House has collected numerous awards including being named by Tatler (UK) as one of the Best 101 Hotels in the World and was most recently awarded Best Regional Hotel in Australia at the Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide Awards. 35 rooms and suites are nestled amongst 6 acres of country gardens – 24 with waterfront views and 9 in a garden setting. The Senior Executives and Company Directors The Retreat Villas provide a little additional luxury and can be taken as individual bedrooms or as a two bedroom country house within the Lake House grounds. The Retreat includes sumptuous fireside lounge areas, luxurious bathrooms , outdoor hot tub and firepit.
■ Australia’s Wine List of the Year
The Lake House wine list boasts upwards of 1,000 references. It was recently named Australia’s Wine List of the Year and Best Wine List in Victoria at the Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards. Private tutorials with Australia’s Best Sommelier and the award winning wine team are able to be arranged exclusively for in house groups. For small Executive Retreats; dining in the Cellar is a truly special experience.
■ Salus Spa at Lake House
The state-of-the-art Salus Spa is surrounded by waterfall fed streams and features nine treatment areas offering the latest in spa treatments and technology. Walls are adorned with enormous paintings from renowned artist David Bromley’s nude series. Idyllic tree top houses overlook the foreshore of the lake and inside, a deep geisha style tub is filled for each person with 100% pure mineral water sourced especially for Salus Spa. The Salus Spa can be booked exclusively for groups or for individual treatments.
■ The Cooking School at Lake House
The Cooking School at Lake House allows groups to learn from some of Australia's best & most interesting chefs. Classes are held in the purpose built demonstration kitchen within the extensive Lake House grounds and participants meet & learn from excellent, often award winning producers, growers, chefs and winemakers. It may be a hands on class, a scavenger hunt through local farm gates, a demonstration of technical dishes or a workshop in specialty produce.
■ The Art Studio at Lake House
Resident Artist Allan Wolf-Tasker’s work hangs throughout the rooms and public areas of the hotel. His working studio is on site across the cool fern gully and beautifully equipped to host sunset drinks before dinner. Private talks about his work can also be arranged and his recent book – Landscapes of Daylesford makes a wonderful pillow gift for delegates.
■ Wombat Hill House
An enchanting kitchen garden, café and store in the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens – 5 minutes from Lake House. The site of an extinct volcano – the upper rim is lined with 100+ year old Linden trees which are heritage listed and the beautiful gardens are a delight to explore. Wombat Hill House serves casual country style cocktail parties and provides a beautiful and casual option to the exquisite fine dining offered at Lake House.
Lake House lies on the shores of picturesque Lake Daylesford in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country just 90 minutes from Melbourne. The village like cluster of cream buildings nestle in amongst 6 acres of towering trees, country gardens and winding paths. The region is famed for its naturally occurring mineral springs and exquisite local produce invites you to soak up the goodness and enjoy its day spas, restaurants, galleries, wineries, boutique shops and markets.