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Thursday 21 October 2021

A bath and a half for everyone

The quirky and eclectic village of Daylesford is known for farmgate trails, wellness warriors and holidaymakers looking to escape the big city for the perks and privacy of the countryside.

Daylesford and neighbouring Hepburn Springs are also well known for their hot springs and spas.

In the midst of the madness that was 2021, two of Australia’s most highly awarded accommodation operators embarked on a journey to build Australia’s best outdoor baths in Daylesford.

David and Mani  Penman are the operators of Clifftop at Hepburn and Samurai Villas, which featured here a few days ago. 

“We learned early on that its all about the bath," says David Penman.

"Bathing isn’t just about intimacy and comfort…there are real health benefits too. Immersive bathing increases body temperature and enhances the flow of oxygen.”

Clifftop at Hepburn offers a decadent choice of indoor and outdoor baths, from stone to blackwood, bronze, copper and stunning terrazzo marble. 

Clifftop’s new Samurai Villas boast a 2.6-tonne outdoor stone behemoth carved from a massive boulder (set in one of the state’s best Japanese gardens) and the new Precarious villa will showcase a camphor laurel wooden bath with fibre-optic lighting inlaid in resin (below) – the only bath of its type in the world.


And the Penmans are not resting on their laurels. There’s plans in hand for one-of-a-kind outdoor baths built on gigantic ethically-sourced logs weighting up to 20 tonnes each…and there is also talk of a treehouse with a bath!

For details and bookings see 

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