Regional accommodation update

The Provincial Ballarat

The Provincial Ballarat

New and improved accommodation offers visitors more opportunity than ever to benefit from the rejuvenation of an overnight stay in regional Victoria. From luxury and boutique, to self-catering apartments, exclusive retreats and country farmhouses – why stay a day, when you could stay two?

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate
Crittenden Estate, an hour’s drive from  Melbourne, recently unveiled a new hi-tech wine tasting and appreciation centre, and as part of this project its three Lakeside Villas have been beautifully refurbished. Perched over the water, they offer fabulous views from private decking and are well equipped with a full kitchen, laundry and family size bathroom. There’s no need to leave the property, with the Stillwater at Crittenden restaurant on site. 25 Harrisons Road, Dromana +61 3 5987 3275

Polperro Villas
Located in Red Hill, one hour from Melbourne, the four villas at Polperro received a stunning refurbishment last year. Nestled among the vines, they are beautifully appointed and spacious, offering a king size bed, open fire place, designer styling, spa bath and vineyard views. With a cellar door and bistro on site, this is the ideal spot for couples seeking a complete food and wine vineyard experience. 150 Red Hill Rd,  Red Hill+61 3 5989 2471

MARYSVILLE, YARRA VALLEY AND DANDENONG RANGES

Vibe Hotel Marysville
This exciting new property officially opens its doors this month, bringing 101 fresh new guest rooms, a conference centre, exhibition space and spa and wellbeing facility to the town. The opening has been created plenty of buzz, with the hotel placed at number nine on Traveller’s hotel hotlist of the best new openings for 2015. The new establishment, located just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, will play a significant role in the regeneration of Marysville post the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. The development includes Radius Bar & Grill, a modern Australian restaurant and bar. A day spa will follow later in the year. 32-42 Murchison St, Marysville +61 3 5957 7700

Amelina’s Marysville
Also in Marysville, Amelina Cottages are just a short stroll away from Marysville’s village centre. Nestled on a half acre of cottage garden, these four country cottages suit couples and small families. There are two studio cottages, the others can be booked as one or two bedrooms, and each cottage features cosy wood fires. 1120 Marysville-Buxton Road, Marysville +61 434 692 622

The Farmhouse at Meletos
An hour north-east of Melbourne, Meletos has taken a collection of abandoned century-old farm buildings and created an extraordinary visitor experience. The stunning 23- room boutique guesthouse known as The Farmhouse operates alongside a gourmet cafe, pizzeria and an intimate event space. Stay and dine packages are available, which will leave visitors feeling they have escaped to a Tuscan villa. 12 St Huberts Road, Coldstream +61 3 9739 1888

DAYLESFORD AND THE MACEDON RANGES

Hepburn Spa Retreat
Hepburn Springs is 90 minutes from Melbourne in Victoria’s glorious spa country. Hepburn Spa Retreat is located opposite the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa making this the perfect destination for an indulgent break. There are 10 contemporary villas, elegantly styled to a five-star standard, with views that take in the surrounding native bushland. All villas have kitchenettes, king-sized beds, double spas, double showers and gas log fires. 20-22 Mineral Springs Crescent, Hepburn Springs +61 3 5321 6000

The Farmhouse
The Farmhouse is the creation of internationally acclaimed landscape designer, Paul Bangay, and is is now available to book through Daylesford Getaways. Located in Denver, between Daylesford and Woodend, this is a unique experience for lovers of gardens and landscape design. The Farmhouse sleeps up to eight people, is set 100 metres from Bangay’s country residence Stonefields and is surrounded by one of Australia’s most photographed gardens. Visitors can book a time to explore the iconic main garden during their stay and steal a rare glimpse of Bangay’s majestic designs. Daylesford Getaways 61 (3) 5348 4422

The Weekender
This Victorian-style cottage in Daylesford has been given a modern makeover and features stunning interiors that exude warmth and comfort. A huge stone free-standing bath adds a touch of decadence while the gourmet kitchen and adjacent dining area are well equipped. Three bedrooms offer the choice of three king beds or six singles making this the ideal space for couples, friends or family groups. Just a short stroll to the lake or shops. Daylesford Getaways 61 (3) 5348 4422

Bainbridge Cottage
Located in the beautiful Wombat State Forest on five acres of land and surrounded by large eucalypt trees guests are often greeted by kangaroos lazing nearby. The cottage has been designed and renovated by leading Melbourne interior designers with a finish that is luxurious, relaxed, and comfortable. The cottage sleeps four and is just 10 minutes from Daylesford. Daylesford Getaways + 613 5348 4422

GOLDFIELDS

The Provincial
80 minutes from Melbourne, The Provincial in Ballarat has undergone an enormous transformation and will open this month. The building is heritage listed for its architectural significance and now boasts luxury accommodation, an elegant restaurant and lounge bar.  The rooms here are beautifully appointed and furnished in crisp monotone, capped off with decadent chandeliers, catering for leisure and business travellers. 121 Lydiard Street, North Ballarat +61 3 5331 3399 

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