Learn from some of Australia's best & most interesting chefs, producers, growers & winemakers. Classes are held in the purpose-built Cooking School kitchen at Lake House.
A regular hands-on calendar of Cooking Classes are hosted by two senior chefs from the Lake House team in the state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. Many of Australia’s top chefs, regional producers and winemakers are frequent participants in the program. Hands on culinary workshops and ‘foraging’ excursions for both wild foods and artisanal produce are available to groups through advance booking.
Alternately, join one of Australia’s most celebrated bakers; Michael James for an intensive session in the bake house at Dairy Flat Farm; the new property created by the team at Lake House. Not only will you dive deep and get hands-on in the bake house; but you’ll make and taste a range of delicious sourdough products including baguettes, loaves, Danish and doughnuts. Of course, you’ll also take a selection home with you! Enjoy the beautiful farm outlook during the break and take a peek at the private ornamental gardens, olive grove and productive farm which is usually exclusive for Lodge guests.
WHERE OUR FOOD COMES FROM
Food and wine are consuming passions in Daylesford, and with good reason. A quirk of sunlight, soil, rain and the mineral rich volcanic soil means anything in the ground almost grows itself.
There's an undisguised pride amongst local producers and winemakers and there’s a plethora of experiences to be had in ‘meeting the locals’ be they brewers, cider or winemakers, farmers, cattle, lamb or pork breeders, smallgoods producers or even bee keepers.
Armed with a ‘Tasty Little Touring Map’, you can tour local villages visiting farm gates, markets, cellar doors or have Lake House design your own bespoke expedition. You'll be spoilt for choice. The region was awarded Best Food Region in the delicious magazine Australian Produce Awards and hosts culinary travellers from all over the world.
Dairy Flat Farm Daylesford On an easterly facing slope of 38 lush acres of magnificent red volcanic soil, lies Dairy Flat Farm. A sustainable growing farm dedicated to regenerative agricultural practises. It consists of 5 acres of productive vegetable, herb and cut flower gardens, a large barn, a 300 tree orchard, 250 tree olive grove and 2.5 acre vineyard planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The farm inspires and provides much that is on the menus, beverage selections and floristry at Lake House.
THE ARTIST STUDIO
Allan Wolf-Tasker, Lake House co-proprietor and talented artist distributes his work to collectors worldwide. His studio is found onsite at Lake House and he welcomes guests to have a look at what he’s currently working on. A selection of his works is on display throughout the property and in each of the individual guest rooms.
THE SPA AT LAKE HOUSE
Mineral Water In a region that boasts the largest concentration of naturally occurring mineral springs in Australia, their own locally bottled Daylesford Pure Water is available for guests.
The Spa The state-of-the-art Spa is surrounded by waterfall fed streams and offers ten treatment areas. A team of specialist massage therapists offer the best of holistic, remedial, deep tissue and relaxation treatments whilst a dedicated beauty team offer advanced performance and anti-aging facials from the results-based, natural skincare range, Subtle Energies.
Individual private geisha style tubs offer hot, 100% pure mineral water bathing. Located in ‘tree houses’ and whilst submerged in the therapeutic bubbles, guests can look through the louvered shutters to the lake shore below.
Signature Rituals utilise Lake House's own small batch, luxury bath and body products using the best ingredients sourced in and inspired by the beautiful region. Daylesford, Australia - A land of wide-open starry skies, volcanic plains, and mineral rich waters. The seasons are determined by the warmth of the soil and length of the days. Home to a creative village and a particularly passionate and productive growing community, conversations about moon phase, biodynamic principles and the medicinal power of herbs and flowers are not uncommon.
Signature product, Daylesford Pure delivers a dose of wellbeing for your body and soul using nature’s best ingredients with a nod to this beautiful region.
Woodland Bliss Ritual A luxurious treatment that will conjure images of wild woodlands and fragrant country gardens, this body treatment combines soothing rhythmic strokes using hot volcanic rocks and warm oil to reduce tension and ease muscle aches. The oil-infused body polish is perfect for deep exfoliation and maximum hydration using a traditional combination of rosemary, pine & passionflower, known to reduce stress, encourage relaxation and improve mood. Whilst you are all wrapped up, a soothing face and scalp massage completes this nourishing ritual.
Finish off with a Hydrostorm experience where steam assists the absorption of essential oils whilst Vichy jets and waterfall showers rinse away the salt, exposing beautiful soft skin.
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