I love escaping to the country in winter, and Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges is one of my favourite regions to explore for a wintry retreat. There’s something special about the landscape at this time of the year, as deciduous trees shed their leaves and there’s a distinct chill in the air, warmed up by the inviting smell of wood fireplaces and warm roast dinners. As part of our gin inspired getaway, we were treated to an incredible stay at the Dudley Boutique Hotel in Hepburn Springs.
The Dudley Boutique Hotel is a five-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Hepburn Springs, providing luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation like no other. Built in 1908, the beautifully restored hotel is set amongst lush manicured gardens full of flowers and wisteria. All rooms have been tastefully appointed, four located in the main house and the other two suites located separately in the rear garden.
Nestled in the heart of Hepburn Springs, the Dudley is conveniently positioned within walking distance to Hepburn Springs’ restaurants, cafes and boutique shops. For a small town, it definitely returns on the culinary stakes with the likes of Frank and Connie’s, the Surly Goat and the Hepburn General Store. The Palais is also an uber cool bar where you can enjoy a cocktail or two and a night of entertainment in the band room. Daylesford is also conveniently positioned, a short five minute drive away.
Space & Facilities
The Dudley is a lovely medley of old and new, managing to maintain its heritage yet exuding comfort and luxury. Upon arrival, the Dudley immediately feels like a home away from home. From the moment you enter the property, you can rest assured every whim is catered for by their charasmatic hosts, Adrian and Charles. There are plenty of communal spaces in the property to enjoy including the guest lounge area where you can relax by the fire with a wine and challenge your partner to a round of Scrabble or Monopoly. The library is equally impressive, housing an eclectic collection of books, plush sofas and arm chairs (also with its very own fireplace). Although there is plenty to explore in the local region, you could easily spend an entire weekend enjoying the Dudley and not venture anywhere else.
All day concierge, wifi and dinner service is also available at the property.
Since we were away on a girls weekend, we stayed in the twin room which was beautifully decorated and equipped with all the creature comforts like fluffy bath towels, cosy robes, slippers and Molton Brown toiletries. Next time I have my eyes on the King Suite which is housed in its very own cottage and comes with an an air-conditioned king bedroom, en-suite bathroom (with spa bath), a modern kitchen with a dishwasher, a Nespresso coffee machine and top of the range stainless appliances, a dining room, a lounge room with gas log fire, and a separate sitting area.French doors open out to a roomy alfresco area featuring two decks with outdoor seating and gardens surrounding the cottage for private use.
Food & Wine
Every night at the Dudley, guests are treated to a cheese board and a selection of wine from the region, perfect for a starter before a hearty dinner out. Breakfast is a sumptuous affair. A high tea like platter towers with delicacies like yoghurt parfaits, fresh fruit and cold pressed juices. The coffee is always delicious and made to order. Make sure you leave room for their signature a la carte menu which is cooked to order. Enjoy a medley of wild mushrooms teamed with goats cheese and scrambled egg, a warming winter porridge topped with warm poached fruit or their signature eggs with avocado, beetroot and goats cheese. Trust me you won’t go away hungry.