Welcome to Stone & Straw...
BED AND BREAKFAST STYLE ACCOMMODATION and activities studio - DAYLESFORD/HEPBURN SPRINGS region
Stone and Straw Retreat is a European style b&b with 4 bedrooms. A great place for groups to stay with a romantic separate suite at the end of the building. Adjacent to the accommodation is an activities studio and treatment room in our eco friendly straw bale building. Set amidst 5 acres of landscaped gardens near Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, this is the perfect location to unwind and relax.
Entering the property via the double entry doors you walk into the L shaped lounge/dining room with an adjoining TV room or snug. Down the corridor are the Garden View Suite which comprises 2 rooms - one with 2 single beds which can be converted to a king and the other with 3 single beds, which can be converted to one king and one single. These rooms share a cottage style bathroom.
Up the stairs the guest first of all enters The Ridge View Suite which is a lovely light filled room with sloping ceilings and comprises one queen size bed and one double bed settee. A flat screen tv connected to Netflix is in the corner of the room and double French doors lead out onto the lovely Juliet balcony where you can enjoy a crisp glass of white wine whilst looking over the countryside. An ensuite bathroom with rainforest shower and Velux window adjoins this room.
Walking along the landing and opening the door there is a living space with flat screen tv, wood fire heater, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities as well as a sofa bed for one couple or 2 singles as well as 2 armchairs. Through the next door and you enter The Franklin Room which is a lovely spacious character filled dormer room for 2 where the beds can be configured as 2 singles or 1 large king. There is an ensuite bathroom containing a shower recess, washbasin and toilet.
Outside the house, there is a beautiful paved courtyard with covered gazebo and outdoor setting as well as a cedar hot tub seating up to 8 people. The night sky here is so beautiful, that one can often see the milky way A large BBQ is in the corner of the courtyard if guests wish to eat outdoors.
Adjacent to the accommodation building, there is a straw bale building housing The Activities Studio and a treatment room as well as the owners private residence. This building is constructed of strawbales making it cool in summer and warm in winter with breathable healthy properties. We have a number of activities starting in 2019 such as glass art workshops, music afternoons, yoga and meditation, intuitive readings, art workshops, cooking workshops, Sharing Stories, movie afternoons and school holiday programs and these will be publicised on our facebook page as well as our events page on the Stone and Straw website. Bespoke group workshops can be booked in advance.
The owners of Stone and Straw aim to make your stay as relaxing as possible and can provide snacks, lunches, evening meals and refreshments.
Here @ Stone & Straw Retreat, we are proud of our ongoing efforts to offer an authentic eco friendly living environment. With our multiple rain water catchments, solar panels and batteries, vegetable and herb garden and waste water treatment plant, Stone & Straw is becoming increasingly self sufficient.
The great variety of colourful birds and native wildlife surrounding Stone & Straw are a delight to experience. For those enthusiastic guests wanting to explore the area on foot or bike, there are many walking/cycling tracks including the Goldfields Track at our doorstep. The temptations of The Chocolate Mill are a mere 500 metres away, whilst Hepburn Springs is a short 5 minute drive, where the famous Hepburn Bath House and Spa is located.
The Central Highlands region is home to a great variety of restaurants, wine and cider bars and pubs as well as a vibrant art and music scene
Located in Central Victoria in the popular historical goldfields and spa region near Daylesford - Stone and Straw Retreat is an easy drive from Melbourne taking just over an hour. By train, the nearby towns of Castlemaine and Ballan are 20 or 30 mins away respectively and we can collect you from either of these railway stations by prior arrangement and for a small extra cost.
During the winter months there are wood fire heaters to keep you warm and cosy. On hot summer days there are ceiling fans as well as an evaporative cooling system.
This area is a great base for outdoor activities such as bushwalking, mountain biking and exploring wineries There are a variety of walking/mountain biking tracks to choose from or for those wishing to just chill - spas abound
The 5 acres surrounding our property is a bird lover s paradise with only native birds inhabiting the grounds. We also have many other native visitors such as wallabies, echidnas, kangaroos, lizards and the occasional koala. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside, watching the birds, reading a good book and sipping on a cool glass of wine - this is the life
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs is home to the largest collection of mineral springs in Australia – taste tests are a must The region is also inhabited by a number of artists, musicians, writers, chefs, organic food growers, and wineries which means there is always something happening every week of the year. Check out the Visitor Information Centre in Daylesford and Visit Victoria for the latest offerings
Stone and Straw is located near many significant historic sites, such as Mount Franklin or Lalgambook - an extinct volcano revered by indigenous Australians and used as a sacred site. Lavandula – a 150 year old stone cottage built by a Swiss Italian dairy farmer and now operating as a lavender farm and cafe. The Convent Gallery in Daylesford - once a girls school but now a gallery and events space - provide fascinating insights into the recent past.
For those who enjoy artisan chocolate – and who doesn’t? – The Chocolate Mill is a very short walk away – both children and adults alike enjoy this indulgence After this intake of carbohydrate, guests can walk a section of the Goldfields Track which meanders in front of and behind the property