HOME AND AWAY
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.