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Escape the city to these unique regional spaces

/ 30 Jul 2018

From architecturally designed cabins set among native bushland, to pet-friendly cottages or glamping beneath the stars, there is something for every kind of traveller across Victoria.

A little extra

Travellers wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and perhaps daily chores can treat themselves at accommodations that are designed to feel like home but with some added extra luxurious touches. 

Set just outside the quaint town of Daylesford, travellers can experience Australia’s number one romantic getaway location in 2017 at Clifftop at Hepburn. Guests can choose from a range of five-star villas that feature unrivalled amenities including king beds that are fit for royalty, the property features towering windows that frame breathtaking panoramic views of the native rolling bushland below the cliff face the villas are perched on. 209 Main Road, Hepburn Springs, 1300 112 114

Located in Gippsland’s Fish Creek, three hours drive from the city, guests at luxury accommodation Church House Gourmet Retreat can experience Bed and Breakfast at a whole new level. Guests can also opt for gourmet dinners that showcase local produce which are matched with some of the region’s best wines. Paddock-to-plate is taken literally here, with most of the food served coming from the grounds of Church House’s 20-acre property. 25 Wirilda Way, Fish Creek, 03 413 940 501

Established circa 1875, the Coach House is a true piece of Ballarat history. The renovated space still boasts its original period features and is truly a place for guests to admire the architecture, heritage and luxury. Rich in history and oozing character, the Coach House is the kind of space guests will never want to leave.  Sleeps nine guests, the Coach House is the perfect space for a group - whether it be a girls' getaway, a family escape, or a romantic retreat. 202 Lydiard St N, Soldiers Hill VIC 3350, 0418 423 303

Skiers can shake off a big day on the slopes with a myriad of therapeutic treatments at Onsen Retreat and Spa in Dinner Plain. Guests are offered the raw beauty of the alpine which will reduce city-induced stress, complemented with the retreat featuring a Japanese-inspired, 38-degree outdoor onsen, perfect for bathing and restoration. Big Muster Dr, Dinner Plain, 03 5150 8880

In Mornington Peninsula, guests at Polperro Winery Villas can set themselves amongst the vines in the working vineyard. Each luxury villa (four in total) houses a central spa bath, open fireplace and amazing vineyard views which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine in hand. 150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill VIC 3937 , 03 5989 2471

Set open its doors in October 2018, the Lon Retreat in the Bellarine Peninsula welcomes guests to escape the busyness of life on over 200 acres of rural and conservation land, hidden away on a hill by the ocean. Guests searching to reconnect with the beauty of slow and simple, this adult exclusive retreat and mineral spa awaits. 25 Gill Road, Point Lonsdale, VIC, 3225, 03 5258 2990


Clifftop at Hepburn


The Sheltered Glamping Co.

Rustic comfort

Living the Australian life and like a local, a sense of familiarity is always welcomed when visiting regional Victoria.

A minimal impact setup located on the grounds of Wild Dog Creek, a significant Aboriginal site on Phillip Island. Sheltered Glamping provides guests with luxury accommodation and comfort in a unique setting. Five tents, with beds for up to 15 people, allow visitors to sleep beneath the stars and among native wildlife including wallabies and a range of migrating birds. 493 Berrys Beach Road, Ventnor, 0412 222 632

Perched in Victoria’s High Country at Porepunkah, the The Kiln Houses combine contemporary design complemented with the stunning beauty of the Ovens Valley. Guests can choose from three houses on the property set among a working angus cattle stud, where they are treated to spectacular views of Mount Buffalo, Feathertop and Mount Bogong from the terraces of their accommodation. The nearby township of Bright provides a gateway to food and wine experiences that celebrate the region and in winter you can be on the moment ready for a day in the snow momentarily. Cavedon’s Lane, Eurobin, 0400 733 170

Must Love Dogs Bed & Breakfast provides the perfect out-of-Melbourne getaway for both dogs and their owners. A quaint cottage with three luxury suites, the 1840-built property includes a cosy and warm open fire that roars throughout winter. Over the warmer months,  guests will have a chance to take a dip in the on-site pool and spa too. Dogs are not just welcomed, they are encouraged, with the cottage featuring a fenced garden and lawn to entice the most-picky of four-legged friends. 23 Main St, Rutherglen, 0402 342 256

Set on a 40-acre working farm in rich dairy country, travellers can take a break at Halcyon Cottage Retreat which provides a modern take on Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Gippsland.  Overlooking the Strzelecki ranges, the retreat offer the perfect escape to the country, or a 'home base' for out-of-town professionals. 1730 Warragul-Korumburra Rd, Strzelecki VIC 3950, 0438 044 974

DULC, or Down Under Log Cabins, are eco-contemporary cabins set in the depths of the spectacular Grampians National Park at Halls Gap. Guests can choose from single and two-storey huts which are architecturally designed to blend into the bushland environment, made with rough-sawn timbers, polished concrete, wooden floors and floor to ceiling windows combining to create a treehouse-like feel. Thryptomene Court, Halls Gap, 03 5356 4711

Set in the unique UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Croajingolong National Park, Point Hicks Lighthouse cottages offer guests an opportunity to stay in the house where the lighthouse keepers and their families once lived. Built in Oregon, collected from local shipwrecks, guests can experience the excellent examples of nineteenth century lighthouse residences which has been recently refurbished. Point Hicks Lightstation, 13 1963

Atlantic Geelong sits in the heart of Geelong city centre. A former nurses quarters, guests will be welcomed by the all-white accommodation which has been tastefully transformed to a fine, modern accommodation venue. Eight studio rooms each beautifully appointed with outside courtyard areas where you can sit back and unwind. Each room has its own unique furnishings and flair providing guests with a new way of experiencing short-term accommodation in Geelong. 39 Swanston Street, Geelong, 0418 636 006


DULC luxury cottages
Ewen Bell - Jan 2010

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