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Saturday 31 December 2016

A weekend getaway in gourmet country

Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are among the most popular gourmet destinations in Victoria; dotted with restaurants, caf├ęs and wine bars and within an easy drive from Melbourne.

The newest designer home for rent here is Alchemy House, run by Linda Crittenden and the same award-winning team behind Lakeside Villas at Crittenden on the Mornington Peninsula.

Capable of hosting up to six adults in different configurations, Alchemy House is located between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs - and just a stroll from the restaurants and Bathing House in Hepburn.

It is a former weatherboard mining cottage tastefully tarted-up with relaxation in mind; stylish and spacious.

Each bedroom has a king bed, the living room has a timber fireplace and eye-catching armchairs, and the modern kitchen is fully equipped to cook up a storm. Open-plan living means room to relax with friends, but there are also comfortable nooks in which to relax in private, as well as a garden with a barbecue and a sun terrace.

There is a coffee machine in the kitchen, games and train tracks for little ones, as well as DVDs and books to read.

All linen is provided together with quality organic bath soaps from Appelles Apothecary, and a choice of pillows, as well as ducted heating and air conditioning.

This house is the renter's to enjoy with no interruptions from your host. It is suitable for group getaways, families occasions or wedding groups.

And there are all those great restaurants within a short drive, including The Lake House, Mercato and The Farmer's Arms.

Alchemy House is available to book from January 3, 2017. Rates are $350/night (Sun-Thu) for 2 nights or more; $475/night (Fri-Sat) 2-night minimum; $550 for 1 night (Sun-Thu). Contact Linda Crittenden (03) 5987 3275.

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