Sometimes it’s nice to get away from it all, including other tourists. Blue Cliffs Retreat in Daylesford, Victoria, is one of my favourite hideaways. The Blue Cliffs property is, as the name suggests, on the top of a cliff. There are four or five cottages dotted around, but they have been so strategically placed that it is hard to see any of the other dwellings from your accommodation. We stayed in the Hideaway Villa, and as we arrived after dark it wasn’t until sunrise the following morning that we realised how magnificent the view is.
The Hideaway Villa is one of the less expensive options at Blue Cliffs, but this isn’t reflected in the standard of the accommodation. The white sheets, curtains and rug are all immaculate, and the spa bath was enormous. The Villa has a television and DVD player with a reasonable selection of movies, and curling up on the couch by the fire is a real treat. Blue Cliffs’ nearest neighbour is the lavender farm, and if the wind is blowing in the right direction the whole valley is filled with the smell of lavender.
Blue Cliffs Retreat is about a fifteen minute drive from the main street in Daylesford, and in the off season you may not see another soul on the way in. I can highly recommend visiting the Convent Gallery in Daylesford – they do an unforgettable Devonshire tea, and the gardens are worth setting aside an hour to see if the weather is nice.
Address: 239 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Elevated Plains VIC 3461
Phone: 0400 466 998
Cost: The Hideaway Villa is $390 for a one-night stay midweek, or $590 for a two-night stay. Weekends are dearer and Blue cliffs also offer significant discounts for longer stays.
For more information visit the Blue Cliffs website.