It’s hard to deny the charm of a secluded English country-style cottage surrounded by the rolling, verdant plains of picturesque Daylesford in Victoria. With an open fireplace to curl up by, an outdoor veranda to watch the sunset on, and a luxurious oval spa bathtub for two to soak in — this is romance as only Red Earth Clay can provide. But it’s not only that.

As you walk up the meandering pathway to this unique accommodation, you’ll be struck by the beauty of the property. The timber and stone architecture offers a touch of luxury that complements its countryside setting, while the garden and fresh natural water spring nearby add an idyllic ambience. And though it may seem like you’re miles from civilisation, you are really just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre. In fact, the quaint boutique shops, restaurants, and even the spa town of Hepburn Springs are only a quick hop, skip, and jump away.

Unforgettable views from Red Earth Clay, a luxury holiday home a short stroll from Daylesford town centre

Unforgettable views from Red Earth Clay, a luxury holiday home a short stroll from Daylesford town centre

From Red Earth Clay, you can explore the enchanting Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, which stands over an extinct volcano. Stroll through trails lined with flowering trees and lush foliage and breathe in the fresh air. Whatever season you are visiting, the gardens will surely delight you with an explosion of colours and photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.

Close by is the Convent Gallery, a historic 19th-century mansion converted into a convent in 1892, described as one of the most beautiful galleries in Australia. It houses works fashioned from a variety of media by local and international artists, and also features manicured gardens, a chapel, glass conservatory, restaurant, and a collection of bronze statues.

If you happen to stay during the weekend, you’ll find the Sunday Market’s myriad of merchandise worth the look-see before heading back to your holiday home.

While you can enjoy as much of the outdoors as you want from the cottage’s ideal location in Daylesford, you’ll find that staying indoors can be just as pleasurable. Here, both comfort and style mesh to give you a romantic escape that’s hard to come by.

Conversation flows easily with the open plan layout. Homey? Yes, definitely.

Conversation flows easily with the open plan layout. Homey? Yes, definitely.

Everything in this English country style holiday home is well thought of. The open plan living area means you can see everyone in the room and have conversations whether they are in the kitchen or dining area. There’s an air-conditioning system and wood fireplace that you can use for cooling or heating the place, ensuring comfort any time of the year. The kitchen, although small, is fully equipped and has a microwave oven, all cookware and crockery, a refrigerator, and coffee and tea making facilities.

Upping the romance ante with a spa bathtub big enough for two

Upping the romance ante with a spa bathtub big enough for two

The well-designed cottage also boasts two spacious bedrooms, one of which shares the double-sided fireplace with the living area. Each of the rooms is fitted with a comfortable, pillow-laden king-size bed or two single beds decked in crisp, clean linen and all the creature comforts you desire. There’s a bath with a tub that can easily fit two people. But if that’s not decadent enough, the heated tile floors will surely impress you. When morning comes, take in sweeping views from the veranda where you can enjoy a cup of coffee. Waking up has never been so appealing. But wait. It only gets better.

Watching the sun rise and set while indulging in a good book or a drink is always an option at Red Earth Clay

Watching the sun rise and set while indulging in a good book or a drink is always an option at Red Earth Clay

Head to the cosy kitchen and whip up a sumptuous breakfast. It is equipped with everything you need to cook your own meals, which you can enjoy indoors or under the pergola patio with the beautiful garden views as your backdrop. Or savour a short stroll to the town centre and mingle with the folks at the local breakfast hot spot such as Breakfast and Beer, GraceNotes, or Bocconcini. If you’re feeling lazy — you’re on vacation after all — you can opt for Red Earth Clay’s in-house catering service instead.

For indoor entertainment, you can watch a movie from a complimentary DVD library or favourite programme with the flat-screen TV and DVD player. After, set the mood with romantic music using the CD player. Exhausted from all the relaxing? Take it down a notch further with a soothing massage. Then cap the day with champagne and dessert or wine and cheese by the fireplace or the patio.

Settle down by the fire after a long day…all you need for company is a good book and comfy cardigan

Settle down by the fire after a long day…all you need for company is a good book and comfy cardigan

Rekindle romance and experience luxury in this private and secluded accommodation in Daylesford on your next Winter Getaway. You’ll also receive a $25 voucher to the much-loved and historic Boathouse Daylesford, the café by the lake which serves breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments. Nightly rates for Red Earth Clay start from $215 and the minimum stay is for 2 nights. Check-in midweek and save as much as $110 on weekend rates.

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