Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

Last weekend, the boy and I took off to Daylesford for a little getaway. We haven’t had a proper holiday in over two years and were both in need of some quiet time with no phones, computers or any other mod cons to distract us. It worked.

Daylesford is in the heart of Victorian Spa Country and, as you might imagine, a place of immense natural beauty. The area has the largest concentration of mineral springs in Australia and over the years has developed a strong reputation for incredible food and accommodation offerings. Not surprisingly, it’s also become a popular wedding destination.

Put your feet up at Lavandula

Although I was keen for long periods of laziness – which we duly achieved – I also wanted to check out some of the amazing ceremony venues on offer. Lucky for me I have a patient boyfriend, as he gladly jumped in the car with me and set out to explore. We visited three different venues, each simply stunning. As I’ve got lots to say about each, the venues will get reviewed in three separate posts.

Our first stop was Lavandula Swiss-Italian Farm in Shepherds Flat. It was somewhat of an impulse stop, and boy, am I glad we made it. A meandering driveway hides most of Lavandula’s beauty from public view and it’s only when you enter through the big farm gate that you can truly appreciate what’s on offer.

A touch of whimsy

Poor Dave. I imagine the experience for him was akin to being a parent at a Christmas tree farm. Every few seconds I would yell ‘Look! Over here!’ as I discovered another avenue or romantic setting and dashed off without a backwards glance.

The first to catch my eye was this glorious arbour. It is covered in what must be thousands of pink roses and is divinely fragrant. The photos don’t even begin to do it justice. Imagine stealing a quiet moment here with your new husband/wife after your wedding ceremony!

Hello, gorgeous

Another spot that I was instantly enamoured with was this lush avenue of green. Verdant trees frame it on three sides, making it the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony. It’s beautiful in its simplicity – imagine it set up with rows of white chairs, separated by a central aisle marked in white rose petals.

Imagine saying ‘I do’ here
One of the things that really appeals about Lavandula is the ability to have everything in one place. The on-site trattoria can cater for your reception and I have to confess, wandering past the wood-fired ovens I imagined a big, Italian, family-style feast under the stars. Checked tablecloths, candles in chianti bottles, fairy lights strung between the trees. Can’t you just see it?

Al fresco

Then I got thinking about other wedding-related uses for Lavandula. A hen’s day picnic on the lawns, or perhaps you fancy a pre/post-wedding gathering with the in-laws playing petanque? I could go on and on about Lavandula but my words really won’t do it justice. It’s a place you simply have to see for yourself.

If you’d like to see more of Lavandula, I’ve posted more pictures here.

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm
350 Hepburn-Newstead Rd, Shepherds Flat (via Daylesford)
Next post – Daylesford Convent Gallery.