The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Global Gourmet Issue - MICHELLE ROWE

IT’S hard to beat Lake House, in the heart of Vic­to­ria, when it comes to glo­ri­ous coun­try es­capes. Since the 1980s, this chic 33-room get­away on the north­west out­skirts of Mel­bourne has lured the weary to the pic­turesque Mace­don Ranges with the prom­ise of gourmet meals in its restau­rant, a chance to recharge in its award-win­ning Salus Spa, or sim­ply to pot­ter around its ex­pan­sive gar­dens, brought to life by Alla Wolf-Tasker and her hus­band Al­lan, who have trans­formed a derelict block of land they bought in the 70s into one of the coun­try’s mostawarded gourmet get­aways.

Time your visit right and take in Lake House’s an­nual Re­gional Pro­duc­ers Day, which in­cludes tast­ings, cook­ing demon­stra­tions and mar­ket stalls. Next year’s event in the small lux­ury ho­tel’s 2.4ha grounds will be held on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 10. Ex­pect guest ap­pear­ances by the likes of Holy Goat Cheese from Sut­ton Grange, Sher Wagyu, Dayles­ford Or­gan­ics, Aussie Truf­fle Dogs, Is­tra Small­go­ods and more. Stan­dard en­try is $5, free for kids un­der 12, and no book­ing is re­quired. If you fancy go­ing the whole hog, book Lake House’s glam­orous Re­treat, a two-bed­room abode com­plete with hot tub, for the ul­ti­mate week­end away. More: lake­house.com.au.

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