Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes
This ritzy, red-carpeted and gold-mirrored affair in Victoria’s Spa Country has more than a touch of the regal about it. In fact, when you wake up in your towering four-poster bed on 100-year-old timber bed boards and throw back your richly embroidered blankets and tasselled cushions to the floor, you’ll probably feel more like Henry VIII waking in his Tudor palace than an Aussie waking in his or her holiday home in 21st Century Daylesford. Forget the stainless steel and minimalist selling points of most modern holiday homes. Stately Stoneleigh is all about pomp and ceremony, with velvet-covered chairs, mahogany cabinetry, chaise longues, classical art, heavy drapery and flower arrangements. It’s the sort of place you’d feel more comfortable banqueting on a pig’s head with all the trimmings than a mere roast chicken and spuds.
The main house has four bedrooms, a huge open-plan lounge and dining area, a wood fire and French doors on to a verandah that overlooks three acres of gardens. There’s also a separate studio room which sleeps a further two.
Details // Muskvale/Daylesford, Vic. From $320 per night. www.takeabreak.com.au/STONELEIGH.htm