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The Lake House, Victoria
Distinct seasons and an abundance of natural mineral springs and day spas has made Daylesford, 80 minutes outside of Melbourne, a popular place to unwind. Adding to its lure as a tourist destination are its culinary charms. Surrounded by prime farming land, Daylesfords list of great food and wine experiences are endless - from growers markets, farm gates, cellar doors, providores and some of the country's finest restaurants and pubs. The pick of these experiences is without a doubt a visit to the Lake House. The restaurant's regionally-sourced menu and the service (as well as views of the adjacent lake) may be world class, but the mood is always relaxed befitting its rustic location. For over 25 years, owner and executive chef, Alla Wolf-Tasker has been the driving force behind Daylesford's ranking on Australia's 'haute cuisine' map. Along with her husband Allan and daughter Larissa, the three have also established Lake House as one of the country's most prestigious boutique hotels. The addition of the award-winning Salus Day Spa cements its premium weekender status.
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