Recently, we went on a long weekend adventure with Holden Australia. We visited Victoria’s iconic Hot Springs region, Daylesford, in a cute Holden Cascada Convertible. During our stay, we had the pleasure of experiencing the best that Daylesford had on offer. This included fine dining, spas, cultural experiences and Daylesford’s picturesque scenery. We were also lucky enough to get a couple of days of sunshine! This, of course, meant driving with the roof off [ tres cool ]! We had an amazing time zipping around in the Holden Cascada all weekend. It was surprising how many things there are to do in Daylesford. This was our itinerary for the weekend to give you some ideas…
On our first night in Daylesford, we ate at the cosy Belvedere Social. A quaint restaurant on the main street of Daylesford complete with fireplace and outdoor courtyard. They offer a seasonal menu of locally sourced, quality produce. There are options to have mains or share plates. But if you feel like having a night off completely, sit back and let the ‘Producer Menu‘ do the work for you. Some absolute must-haves at Belvedere Social are the ‘Millionaire Cocktails‘ and some ‘Smores‘ by the fireplace, to complete your meal.
In the morning we visited the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for a morning coffee and to explore the grounds. Unfortunately the lavender bushes are pruned and flowerless in Winter. So to see the romantic purple lavender fields, make sure you visit during the Summer months, from November onwards. Next we headed to Hepburn’s Mineral Spa, ‘The Retreat’, behind Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel. Here we experienced the spa, sauna and massage services leaving us completely relaxed! For dinner we ate at Sault Restaurant. Situated on a picturesque estate in front of it’s own lake, Sault is surrounded by beautiful Lavender fields, making it a sought-after wedding location. Sault’s culinary expertise is run by head chef, Santiago Nine-Fernandez, from Spain, providing a menu of the highest class. The whole experience at this restaurant was an absolute delight!
This morning we took a brisk walk to the gorgeous Convent Gallery up on the hill. Here we ate breakfast at Bad Habits Cafe in it’s pretty glass ceiling room. Famous for it’s scones, we managed to squeeze in a couple after breakfast, to ensure we didn’t miss out! We then took a tour around the Gallery and walked all the way up the bell tower to see the amazing view, overlooking Daylesford. After breakfast, we walked back to the main street to explore some shops. Then in the evening, we were back in the Holden Cascada to have dinner at The Perfect Drop restaurant. This amazing degustation restaurant is all about matching the perfect drop of wine to each dish. The setting is cosy and quaint; The food and wine delicious and the service extraordinarily good! The perfect way to end our long weekend adventure with Holden.