Known for being one of the most romantic hotels in Australia, Daylesford’s Lake House is nestled right on the shores of the idyllic Lake Daylesford, an easy 80 minutes by car from Melbourne. Well known for the stunning lakeside location, the cellar, the destination restaurant and for special and bespoke events, the Lake House sits amidst acres of country gardens right in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country.
Ceremonies are usually held on the lake share, beautifully framed by the rows of silver birches, and beyond there is the listening lake and local waterfowl, including the glossy feathered ducks and the family of velvet grey and white geese gathering nearby.
For those who prefer an elevated location, the Stringy Bark terrace is an option. This is fenced with the signature white crisscross balustrades of Lake House and shaded by the tall Stringy Bark Gums, which were originally planted more than three decades ago.
The lagoon foreshore, space lined with the hand cut Castlemaine stone and planted out with the edible flowers and herbs offers a very magical position from where you can view the lagoon’s waters as well as the main lake. This is definitely a very glorious spot for you to witness the sunset over the far shore in the distance.
If you’re planning a cosy winter wedding, you will no doubt take delight in the wide starry skies and misty mornings. The Waterfront Pavilion, with the immediate views of the lake, can also be used for the wedding ceremony as well as celebratory drinks before the big main party. There is also the option to warm up with all your guests before the roaring open fire in Terrace Room.
Among the most crucial elements when you planning a wedding is the menu you intend to entertain your guests with. The Lake House property includes one of Australia’s top restaurants, with The Age Good Food awarding them 2 Chefs Hats. There is also a cellar boasting some 10,000 sparkling bottles which was also recently awarded as among the country’s best.
When it comes to wedding photography locations at the Lake House, couples and photographers are really spoilt for choice, so don’t forget to leave a good amount of time to let your wedding photographer make the most of this stunning location, which looks great at any time of year. Autumn is particularly lovely, with the leaves turning colour and adding something really special to photos.
The accommodation at Lake House offers a total of 33 suites and rooms in either a waterfront or lodge setting. The Waterfront Suites are perfect with their private terraces or balconies which overlook the private lagoon. These suites also have walk-in robes, large en-suites bathrooms and full length mirrors, making them ideal for wedding preparations.
Smaller and more intimate wedding groups can also choose one of the many private spaces for dinners and lunches which include the stunning new Waterfront Pavilion and Cellar Dining Room.
The Terrace Room is a great option for groups of about 150 guests. With the full length windows that offer views of the water features and lush gardens, soaring ceilings and the glow of the ornate black frosted chandeliers, this is definitely a memorable location for a spa country wedding in the Daylesford region.
With the Lake House’s sensational reputation for excellent food, wine, service, and attention to detail, combined with the elements of picture perfect celebration spaces and a natural waterfront location, this is no doubt one of the best choices of wedding venues in Daylesford.