Daylesford & Macedon Ranges
If you want the ultimate country escape, this is it! A 1.5 hour journey to Daylesford to our very favourite 'home away from home', Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm just 10 minutes north of Daylesford so you can swap some City life for a little bit of Country.
We adore it here as it sums up everything we want from a country escape. Relaxation, fresh air, nature, a picturesque vista, somewhere to eat and if you watch your little one's face....it really says it all....Freedom!
Lavandula is positively beautiful in all seasons. With Winter being our most recent visit we were greeted with vibrant red, orange and yellow vines and leaves, bare branches and the daffodills were just beginning to bloom.
There's lots to see and do here. Get back to nature with the friendly farm animals. You can feel safe when your kids pat Theodora the Donkey or get amongst the geese, to add to the punch you'll also find Emu's, Pascal the black pony, chooks, llamas, a terrier and a cat.
On the way out you'll pass through the barn where you can shop for all sorts of goods. As well as offering a top day out, Lavandula caters for Weddings, stay put with Accommodation on offer (sorry, grown-ups only), festivals and of course the lavander harvest come Christmas time.
Lavander Harvest Festival DetailsDetails - Sunday 13th January 2019
La Trattoria Cafe
Eat al fresco nestled under the Ash trees, take in the view of the rolling hills and olive trees, the kids can chase the butterflies and the grown-ups can indulge in a vino as La Trattoria is fully licenced. If outside doesn't seem inviting enough snuggle up in the warmth of the fire inside on the bench seating. The kids can grab one of the numerous books from the pile then tuck into lavender scones made on-site with cream and homemade jam. Truely the best. Healthier options are available and they serve up fresh, seasonal European fare. There's also a kids menu. For take home treats or a gift for someone special you can purchase Lavandula's own lavender cordial or lavender honey.
What we love about this cafe is the kids can be free to wander. Our little ones were in safe distance while we watched them play boules and have a run around on the grass. Just be mindful there is a lake within distance.
If there is a group of you, BOOKINGS Essential (only necessary for large tables): ph 03 5476 4393
350 Hepburn-Newstead Road Shepherds Flat 3461 MAP
SPRING, SUMMER & AUTUMN
(September - May)
Open Everyday, except Wednesday & Thursday
10.30 am - 5.30 pm (Farm)
10.30 am - 5.00 pm (Cafe)
Open every day during school and public holidays
Please note: the farm gate closes at 5.30 pm and the cafe closes at 5 pm
- Adults $4.00,
- school-age students $1.00
Dogs on leash are welcome