10 amazing places for a girls’ weekend in Daylesford

Posted by Casey Warrener on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It doesn’t happen very often, but when your calendars sync up and all the girls have the same weekend free, saying ‘no’ to a girls' weekend away is not an option. Conversely, saying ‘yes’ to a weekend of spa-hopping, late night chats over wine and luxurious beds (and mandatory sleep-ins until midday at least) in Daylesford is a no-brainer.

Everyone knows about Daylesford, and it’s because it really is that good – amazing boutique accommodation (and plenty that you can actually afford), the hot springs and spas, cafes, cute shops and all the local gourmet produce and wine you could ever need. So find that elusive weekend that you’re all free and pick your favourite from our list for the ultimate girls’ getaway.

A mansion to house your whole crew

Just a 10-minute walk from Daylesford’s axis, The Coach House is a historic mansion big enough for you and all your mates – and their friends too. The setting is 1800 square metres of established European gardens, perfect for throwing down a few rugs, turning up the tunes and having a relaxed picnic lunch. Inside, there’s an extra long dining table – assign everyone a cooking task (and a wine glass), and host a multi-course feast. Bonus: you’ll be met with a hamper of regional treats, so you can get the entertaining started straight away.
Sleeps up to 14

Make like Marie Antoinette at this grand estate

Would you rather hangout on a rooftop terrace with lake views, or a patio surrounded by rose bushes? At Lake Daylesford Country House you can do both. A restored 19th century villa, every room here has been uniquely decorated in a lavish provincial style. There’ll be no fighting over bedrooms: each is equally beautiful, with a sumptuous king-sized bed (which can be split into singles) and a spa ensuite. Whether dining at the two-hat restaurant on the lake, or enjoying pitchers of Pimms whilst playing boules – this girls’ getaway is so glam you’ll want to don your high-tea attire all weekend.
Sleeps up to eight

A garden big enough to walk off the wood-fired pizza

The Garden House sits atop Wombat Hill, and is the perfect place if you and your friends like the outdoors. A maze of pathways wind through the impressive gardens, centred by a peacefully trickling fountain, and on the patio there's a wood-fire pizza oven big enough to fit New York-style pies. Windows and stained-glass features wrap around this light-filled haven, allowing you to enjoy the scenery inside or out – curled-up in bay seats with cups of tea (or tea-infused cocktails), spread-out in the mod lounge room, or while getting creative in the huge country kitchen.
Sleeps up to six

When you need friend time, and time-out

Screened away by the Wombat State Forest, Bella Vita is a great spot to unwind with the girls – far enough from the hub to feel like you’ve gotten-away-from-it-all, but just a 15-minute drive to Hepburn Springs should you need supplies or want to explore. The spacious terrace, complete with BBQ and outdoor pizza oven, is perfect for hosting casual eats. Watching the sunset over the rolling acreage and surrounding forest, glass of wine in hand, is a sublime way to spend afternoons. Inside the relaxing continues, with a dry-stone sauna to pile into.
Sleeps up to six

A unique break for you and your favourite individuals

For an unforgettable girls’ weekend right in the heart of Daylesford, you can’t go past The Barn. This 100-year-old heritage-listed space is both a quirky-cool option, and totally decked-out. The rustic timber façade is in eye-catching contrast to its bright blue shutters, and inside polished concrete floors and reclaimed materials are mixed with contemporary comforts and designer furnishings. Think soft leather couches, king-sized beds and Aesop skin care. Help yourself to in-season produce from the potager-style veggie garden, or if you’d rather not cook, dine from the inventive menus at Mercato and Cliffy’s – both are rolling distance away.
Sleeps up to six

A stylish getaway right by all of the Daylesford hotspots

The Hill House’s communal spaces are made for friend get togethers. From the gorgeous dining and lounge areas, to the long verandah and outdoor dining table shaded by trees. And what kind of girl time would it be without a cosy loft bedroom to clamber into? Daylesford’s Botanic Gardens back onto this site, so you have extensive flowerbeds to wander through and sit amongst. Better yet, you’re just moments from The Convent Gallery, Sunday Markets and Vincent Street, where you can pick up freshly baked sourdough, artisan chocolate and dine out at top-notch restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Sleeps up to six

A glam escape where you'll feel like you've travelled further

The heritage-listed Villa Parma was built in 1864 by a Swiss-Italian vigneron. Now, it functions as an opulent Hepburn Springs getaway to make you and your crew feel like royalty. This Tuscan-style villa gives your girls’ weekend an international vibe. Four bedrooms each have their own ensuite (plus two double spas); so there’ll be no lining up for the bathroom. Set on the manicured gardens of Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat, you’re dangerously close to all the pampering on offer at this renowned day-spa. Or, step into the sauna just outside.
Sleeps up to eight

A lofty home with room to laze together, or on your own

This double storey home offers incredible views over Lake Daylesford, as well as plenty of space for you and your posse to chill-out. After cutting a circuit around the lake, gorging on scones the size of your face, walking some more… to the nearest bar, and sipping aperitifs until dinner, you can be relaxed in the knowledge you’ll return to four bedrooms, four ensuites and enough seats for everyone to collapse. Spend lazy mornings at Aroona sipping tea and digging through your hamper of treats on the pavilion-style deck, and then indulge in all the town has to offer, an easy walk away.
Sleeps up to eight

Next-level luxury in Hepburn Springs

If you and your besties are in search of high-end glamour, then look no further than Harmony. Sleek, walnut-clad interiors are filled with plush lounges, fur throws, silk linen and exotic adornments – the art deco design is a striking contrast to its native bushland surrounds. The huge deck suspended above the gully, trees and pond is perfect for entertaining, or for just kicking-back with mags, good books and tasty bites. If you can tear yourself away, the Hepburn Bathhouse is just a 10-minute stroll down the road.
Sleeps up to six

Subtly charming, elegant British vibes

This lakefront house is all refined English elegance, designed to take in the spectacular views from every angle. Prepare the finger sandwiches, pour the gin and tonics, and enjoy in the glass conservatory or al fresco on the stone terrace overlooking the water. Lakeleigh's living spaces are equally inviting spots to catch-up; with antique armchairs, sofas covered in plump cushions, window seats and lush rugs. You’ll be super comfy lazing about here with the girls, and you will definitely want to linger, but if you need a change of scenery, the town is accessible by foot.
Sleeps up to six

Looking for a friend weekend elsewhere? Why not check out our girls' getaways plus spas – we've got retreats across the country for you to enjoy pampering with your pals.