Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes
Around an hour northeast of Melbourne, hidden in bushland along the edges of a trout-filled lake, lies one of the most astonishing private homes available for rent. You’ll need to bring your extended family to even come close to filling Hazeldene, though, with its eight grand bedrooms, ten bathrooms, swimming pool, outdoor spa, BBQ area, open fires, balconies and decking, twin lounge areas – and of course its professional standard kitchen for keeping everyone nicely fed and happy. Once you’re on the property and handed the keys, it’s all yours, including the diverse walking trails throughout the forest, use of the tennis courts, and unparalleled access to all the gourmet delights of one of Australia’s premier wine regions, the Yarra Valley.

Details // Hazeldene Rd, Gladysdale, Vic. From $1600 per night on weekends. www.hazeldene.com, (03) 5967 2688.

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