Lake House

Ah, the last of the Daylesford posts. Our final stop for the day was Daylesford’s famous Lake House. If you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve already heard of Lake House and its owners, Alla and Allan Wolf Tasker. Since opening Lake House in 1984, they have turned it into a destination into its own right. Located on the shores of Lake Daylesford and surrounded by stringybarks, poplars and pin oaks, Lake House is a one-stop shop for complete and utter relaxation.

Whilst I’m hopeless at cooking, I do have an addiction to reading food magazines and Alla, as executive chef of Lake House, frequently features in my favourite, delicious. Her approach to cooking makes sense to me – cook using fresh, local, in season ingredients. It’s not rocket science but results in delicious, honest food. I was therefore adamant that we at least visit Lake House during our Daylesford sojourn.

Alas, several other people evidently had the same idea and the restaurant was fully booked for the duration of our stay. However, the events team at Lake House are superb and were happy to direct us to their sister cafe, Wombat Hill House, and let us explore the grounds at our leisure.

I'm picturing a happy couple, surrounded by family and friends...

Lake House offers several locations for a wedding ceremony, each just as romantic as the other. A wedding by the lake under the canopy of the silver birches would be stunning any time of the year. I’m picturing leaves of burnt orange and russet in autumn and vibrant green in spring. If you prefer to marry indoors, the Terrace Room with its fireplace, chandeliers and views is equally spectacular. Due to a wedding taking place on the day we visited we didn’t get to see it in all its glory, but knowing the detail put into everything else at Lake House, I’ve no doubt the Terrace Room would be magnificent.

After your ceremony, the deck offers a comfortable spot to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapes and take in the lake views. It was an overcast afternoon when we visited but I had no trouble imagining guests sipping bellinis on a balmy summer evening and cheering on a newlywed couple.

Drinks on the deck

And after you’re done celebrating, retire to your room/suite/villa. The next day you can wake up to views over Lake Daylesford or the Lake House gardens, expertly decorated with pieces from local artists. If you really feel like spoiling yourself, head over to the on-site Salus spa.

I could wake up to this view quite easily

By now we were getting peckish, so we followed the Lake House team’s advice and headed up to Wombat Hill House. A renovated cottage set amongst the Wombat Botanic Gardens, it’s a delightful spot for lunch that follows Alla’s philosophy of fresh, local and in-season. I tucked in to a pizza while Dave made quick work of lamb meatballs. Its cosy environs would be a great place for a post-wedding debrief with your nearest and dearest.

Wombat Hill House

Writing these posts has made me long for another Daylesford getaway. I know there are more venues that I’ve yet to explore (hello Villa Parma, Peppers Mineral Springs and Sault, to name just a few) and let’s face it, down time is never wasted. With Christmas round the corner, I think I’ll be dropping a few hints about how relaxing another trip to Daylesford would be!

Lake House
King St, Daylesford