Relax in the country, find tranquillity, breathe fresh air, listen to birdsong and be refreshed.
Ninety minutes from Melbourne, and just north of Daylesford in central Victoria, Lavandula has space and beautiful vistas.
At its heart is the golden stone rustica, a cluster of farm buildings constructed by Italians from southern Switzerland who came to look for gold and stayed to farm. The farmhouse is open for viewing each afternoon and gives an immediate sense of Italian rural life in 1860s Victoria. Twenty years ago Carol White restored the buildings creating a European garden and productive farming lifestyle.
Eat al fresco. The licensed café explores European cuisine and, in season, sources food from the garden. La Trattoria's seasonal menu ranges from bread and oil, salads and risotto, to baked meats or veg. With beautifully light, home-made lavender scones children can enjoy a glass of lavender lemonade, while parents can treat themselves to a glass of lavender champagne.
Enjoy the space. Lie on a rug by the creek. Children can explore the garden and find farm animals. Play petanque or climb the hill to the olive grove. In the Barn find select home wares and Lavandula's range of products good for body and soul.
Lavender is planted as crop art in winter it's trimmed and sculptural, at Christmas the lavender is in flower and is harvested by hand with sickles through the heat of January. Bunches are hung to dry under every veranda. The products are made by hand in the Stillroom.
The beautiful garden and La Trattoria are available after-hours for small outdoor European-style functions, weddings or birthdays.
Lavandula's contemporary accommodation is just nearby at the head of a secret valley. Broad decks, big view, chic three bedrooms, spa tub and shower room, modern kitchen. Relax deeply.
Content: Lavandula Swiss/Italian Farm