Summer has a habit of bringing people together.

After the year we’ve just had, the celebrations this summer are sure to be even more special as family and friends reconnect. Catching up poolside, with a barbeque cooking in the background, a platter of local produce and a glass of something cool is the stuff summer dreams are made of.

We’ve therefore hunted down accommodation options in the region that include a pool offering. Gather your family, friends or that someone special, sit back, relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of summer in some amazing locations.

Sky High, Mt Franklin

An iconic piece of architecture, Sky High is located on top of a ridge of 50 acres, directly in front of Mt Franklin, with dramatic 360 degree views. The salt water plunge pool follows suit of the ‘circle’ theme which runs throughout this impressive four-bedroom home. Cool off during the heat of the day, watch the sun sink across the horizon or have a paddle under the starlit sky.

Florence, Daylesford

Nestled in the heart of Daylesford, Florence is the ultimate getaway pad for anyone looking for a fun and relaxing escape in a stylish country home. Features of this three-bedroom home include a solar heated plunge pool and a saltwater spa. It’s resort-like by day, but the life of the party by night with feature lighting over the pool, spa and outdoor entertaining area.

Cooinda, Trentham

A stylish home for couples, families or a girls’ getaway, Cooinda has been curated and styled by Inside Story. An expansive yet homely place, Cooinda sleeps up to eight guests and boasts multiple living spaces. The undercover outdoor entertaining area looks out over the in-ground pool and heated spa. Other fun features of this property include a floodlit tennis court, inbuilt trampoline, ping pong table and basketball ring.

Lake House, Daylesford

Lake House is a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia. The infinity pool at Lake House sits in prime position amongst the country gardens on the shoreline overlooking Lake Daylesford. If you’re staying in a Waterfront Pool studio, slip out your door and straight into the pool for a quiet morning swim, before ordering a signature cocktail or a snack from the Lake House kitchen.

RACV Goldfields, Creswick

Wake up to fairway or forest views and the sounds of native birds at the family friendly RACV Goldfields. After a round of golf on the 18-hole Tony Cashmore designed course, slip into the heated outdoor pool or relax in the indoor spa. Grab a book and spend a lazy afternoon relaxing on one of the outdoor sun beds as you admire the bushland views that surround the resort.

Corvah House, Castlemaine

Built at the height of the gold rush in the 1800s, Corvah House was one of the first (and most luxurious) homes in Castlemaine. Flush with history and elegance, this tastefully restored home will transport you back in time. The property boasts a palm tree-lined swimming pool, luscious gardens and a huge sunny deck, ideal for outdoor entertaining.

Musk Vale Farm, Musk

Musk Vale Farm offers a unique country farmhouse experience an easy five-minute drive from the heart of Daylesford. Comfortably accommodating up to 12 guests, the spacious open-plan layout of this four-bedroom property has been stylishly decorated. Features include multiple entertaining areas and a large outdoor deck that looks out over a pool, which is surrounded by lush rolling lawns.

Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa, Macedon

Positioned at the gateway of the spectacular Macedon Ranges, Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa is the ideal place to drop anchor and explore the wider region. You’ll start to unwind as soon as you arrive, taking in the breathtaking views from each of the hotel’s rooms. After a pampering at the onsite day spa, enjoy a leisurely swim in the semi-indoor heated pool which boasts a beautiful bushland setting.

Hotel Bellinzona, Hepburn

Home to 43 beautifully appointed rooms, the bespoke Hotel Bellinzona combines luxury with regional splendour. Located in the heart of Hepburn Springs, this historic, yet recently refurbished hotel features a stunning 12-metre indoor heated swimming pool, spa and sauna, ideal for those early morning swims or lazy afternoons.

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