You've been isolated on and off for the last 12 months, not by choice, and certainly not in one of these properties.

There’s a vast difference between forced ‘iso’ and getting away from it all. For some stress-relieving escapism, here are ten places that’ll make you, and those you’re with, feel like the only people on the planet.

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Reverie 101 is set within a magnificent ten-acre landscaped garden in Lyonville, just a 15-minute drive from Daylesford and 8 minutes to Trentham. Two storey high hedges with stunning architecturally designed gates greet you as you enter one of the region’s most splendid gardens. This bespoke retreat adjoins the Wombat State Forest, and its large open windows allow you to take in full view of the local wildlife and the glorious surrounds.


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Daybreaker Daylesford is an architecturally designed home like no other. Nestled amongst the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, this spectacular four-bedroom, three-bathroom multi-level home offers expansive 180-degree uninterrupted views from the highest point in Daylesford. Hardwood floors and white walls adorn the downstairs areas. The main lounge features a gas log fire, large entertainment area with TV, sound system and a collection of board games. The interiors are bright and open, with floor to ceiling windows letting in an abundance of natural light.


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Charter Farm is still a working farm, so you may be lucky enough to see sheep being herded past the house into the woolshed nearby. Set on 300 acres with the Loddon River running through the middle of the undulating property, there is plenty to explore and numerous places to set up a picnic or sit out under the stars. Although secluded, you can remain busy with a tennis court, in-ground trampoline, mountain bikes, boules, yabbie nets and tennis rackets. Inside the home are original artworks by Craig Waddell, Joan Ross, Sam Leach and Fiona Pardington, plus the simple luxuries that boutique accommodation specialist, Flop House, is known for: hotel quality linen, Aspar body products and a hamper of locally sourced produce. Charter Farm sleeps ten guests with two bathrooms, has a large living and dining area, and separate renovated farmhouse kitchen. With a smart TV, Bose sound system and wi-fi, you still won’t miss out on anything.


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Skyview Pavilion is set on 20 acres, within a hidden valley, only minutes from Daylesford. It is comfortable and elegant, designed with one purpose: for you to relax, breathe out, and disconnect. The open-plan style welcomes you with a wood fire, modern self-contained kitchen and spacious bathroom. The luxurious, king-sized bed provides a comfortable night’s sleep, and you will awake to our glorious nature, including the curious and friendly free-ranging alpacas, chickens and kangaroos. Open the curtains and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors to lose yourself in the amazing view. Spill out onto the spacious outdoor living area with BBQ and firepit. With complete privacy, you’ll enjoy this nature-loving retreat.


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Lewellyn House, circa 1861, was established by Daylesford’s first Parliamentarian, Henry Wheeler. You can witness the history throughout. Popular with large groups, Lewellyn House can accommodate 18 guests with 9 bedrooms and 9 ensuite bathrooms. It is perfectly positioned opposite The Convent Gallery and a short walk to Daylesford’s main street. And for those who enjoy escaping outdoors, the home’s garden is said to have been planted alongside that of the Wombat Hill Botanic Garden by German-Australian botanist Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller.


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The Loft at Butlers Lane Vineyard is idyllically located on a private estate in the heart of Glenlyon, just a short 10-minute drive from Daylesford. Sitting alongside a function centre on 40 acres of land, this retreat features a lake, vineyard, and manicured gardens. The Loft is a thoughtful barn conversion with all the modern comforts. It would be perfect for your wedding night, on location, or any weekend that you want to get away with your favourite person. This one bedroom, one bathroom apartment, is light, bright and colourful.


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Fellcroft Farm Stay has been designed exclusively with couples in mind. It’s a place to bring your special someone, relax and reconnect. With two distinct quarters, both have been positioned to capture the stunning views of Mt Macedon, Hanging Rock and Camels Hump. Each of the quarters has French doors from every room that open to expansive decks. The interiors have been curated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings, some from Fellcroft’s extended family history. The palette in both quarters has been inspired by the surrounding forest, seasonal fields and big skies.


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Foxglove Villa sits proudly alongside the magnificent Daylesford Convent, adjoining the luscious Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. It’s positioning on the hill provides breathtaking panoramic sunset views to the west, feeding the soul. Sleeping up to 6 guests across three bedrooms, this beautiful house has been meticulously renovated, with all the mod coms, while keeping its gorgeous period character and charm. You can stay away from the world in comfort or take a short stroll to the heart of town.


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The Oxford is a distinctive property with a unique interior design style synonymous with The Houses of Daylesford. It  features many works by renowned local artist, David Bromley. Nestled within a fully mature private garden, which has been formally cultivated to evoke the natural beauty of regional Victoria, featuring many native species. It’s a sprawling home, and the place to come when you want to be surrounded by friends and family. It can sleep up to 24 guests across 12 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. It is popular also with groups, with its own dedicated Yoga studio space. Namaste.


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I’ve seen a few barns in my time, but nothing like this. Goldie Views is a ‘Barn loft’ architecturally designed luxury retreat. It’s built on the site of an old barn and is completely self-contained for ultimate privacy. The second story loft is high up, providing treetop and nearby lake views. As you can imagine, when the sun sets, it’s ‘Goldie Views’. The small beef cattle farm is set on 74 acres of both private fields and woodlands. Owners Georgina and David raise ducks, chickens and guinea fowl, and if inclined, they will offer you the opportunity to take part in feeding time. They also grow as much fruit and veg as possible, and their seasonal produce is available as part of the accommodation provisions.


About the author

Narenna Bloomfield

Narenna is a country girl at heart, growing up on a dairy farm north of Bendigo. Now living in Kyneton, (her husband’s hometown) she is a busy mum of three littlies. She loves gardening, baking, photography and getting out and about in the area. A favourite day in the region would be a weekly shop at a farmers’ market, meandering through an open garden and finishing with a dinner in one of the acclaimed restaurants along Piper Street, Kyneton.