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3 Days Gourmet Culinary Vacation in Australia

Gourmet Culinary Holiday in Australia

Experience one of Australias best tailor-made food and wine experiences and wonderful teambuilding activities including scavenger hunts, cooking demonstrations, bee keeping, fishing, farm gate tours, private wine tastings and so much more. Join us for a hands-on master class at Lake House, an exclusive opportunity to work with two chefs from the Lake House team in producing a beautiful seasonal menu. Spend a few hours in the purpose built cooking school kitchen dealing with the region's best produce and get to play with some of our toys.


  • Cooking class
  • Daily full country style breakfast
  • Degustation dinner with matched wines
  • Complimentary canaps in the Argyle Library Bar
  • Lunch of dishes prepared in class with wine
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • A three-course dinner
  • Folder of recipes


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Lake House lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford. Walking tracks lead from the property, around the lake and into the Wombat State forest, complete with local fauna and the abundant health creating mineral springs the area is renowned for. The nearest one bubbles out right on Lake House's doorstep. Given the opportunity to explore the gardens guests will come upon a myriad of sculptures and artwork from many of the regions top artists, extensive outdoor terraces overlooking the lake shore and established country gardens with everything from koala loved stringy barks to lilac, Daphne, quince, plum and apple trees.

A popular haunt for seasoned travelers, Lake House boasts one of Australias top restaurants, a New York Wine Spectator award winning wine list and one of Tatlers 101 best hotels in the World. The restaurant holds two chef hats with the Age good food guide and draws foodies from around the world. A-la-carte and tasting menus change with the availability of the regions best produce and youll often see the crew of chefs in the orchard or herb garden picking delicate edible flowers or other such items to finish off the daily menus. The cellar is a standout with over 800 references and more than 10,000 bottles - its regarded as one of Australias most interesting and edgy wine lists.

Its the great combination of true hospitality and beautiful location that makes Lake House a popular destination for country weddings. Can you imagine a more picturesque location for a destination celebration? Lake House is a tranquil retreat that includes rooms and suites in either a waterfront or lodge setting. The hotel features 35 rooms and suites including the luxurious retreat residence; all of which are nestled around 6 acres of country gardens on the shores of Daylesfords main lake.

We also offer additional services such as in room dining or a butler service for evening drinks. The Cooking School at Lake House allows guests to learn from some of Australias best and most interesting chefs. Classes are held in the purpose built demonstration kitchen within the extensive Lake House grounds and participants meet & learn from excellent, often award-winning producers, growers, chefs and winemakers.

The retreat. Ideal for 2-4 guests. Drawing on the architectural elements and village like cluster of the surrounding property, 2 beautifully appointed bedrooms have adjacent walk-through dressing rooms and magnificent en-suites feature deep baths and separate generous showers. All the usual essentials of a lux fit out including Nespresso machines, Bose sound systems, heated bathroom floors and temperature controlled wine cabinet are provided, as is a full range of cable TV channels and Wi-Fi. But in particular, The retreat at Lake House draws together elements of truly stylish, elegant country living with its high level of comfort, unique furnishings and an intelligently selected library.

The Sutton suite. The large stone finished bathroom has a deep ceramic tub, dual vanity and separate shower; there is also a walk in robe and dressing room. King size bed, crisp white linen with local cashmere and alpaca throws make for a sumptuous nights rest. A stone faced gas fireplace warms the lounge in the cooler evenings and plenty of natural light from garden facing windows creates beautiful spaces to enjoy coffee and the morning papers from the in room bar or perhaps a touch of room service at the dining table. The Sutton suite is decorated with unique art and collectibles from the Wolf-Tasker familys personal collection. There are also two flat screen televisions, DVD player, Wi-Fi and iPod dock.

Waterfront suites. With prime position overlooking the lagoon and the shores of lake Daylesford, each suite features superior king beds, plush sofa, with locally sourced Merino wool throws, textured armchairs and soft furnishings in chartreuse, citron, champagne gold and mustard yellows. Suites feature original artwork from resident artist Allan Wolf-Taskers onsite studio. A stone topped bar is stocked with regionally sourced sips and nibbles, Salus spas own sparkling mineral water, Nespresso Coffee machines. En-suites have dual showers, double spa baths and heated bathroom floors. Flat screen televisions with a selection of cable channels, IPod docking stations and free in room Wi-Fi access are all at your fingertips.

Lodge suites. Spacious and luxurious lodge suites are all individually decorated and designed with contemporary country interiors. No one is exactly the same. Large indulgent en-suites finished in textured stone feature heated floors with either bath or separate walk in shower or double European style showers. Bedrooms feature elegant king sized beds with views to a private courtyard. Large wardrobes provide enough space for long-haul travelers. Separate lounge areas include minibar stocked with regionally sourced sips and nibbles, Salus spas own sparkling mineral water, Nespresso Coffee machines. All suites have flat screen TV with a selection of cable channels, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth music systems.

Waterfront rooms. These picturesque rooms are accessed by the country garden path and overlook lake Daylesford. They have a private waterfront balcony, king bed, sofa and armchair for afternoon relaxation. The en-suite includes dual shower and heated floors. Each room is appointed with slightly different dcor and original artwork from resident artist Allan Wolf-Tasker. Flat screen televisions with a selection of cable channels, IPod docking stations and free Wi-Fi are all at your fingertips.

Lodge studios. Country style lodge studios are individually configured and decorated. Each studio includes luxurious bathroom with European style bath and shower or dual shower, walk-in robe and outdoor lounge area with garden or courtyard views. Minibars are stocked with regionally sourced sips and nibbles, Salus spas own sparkling mineral water and Nespresso coffee machines. All studios have flat screen televisions with a selection of cable channels, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth music systems.


Day 1, Friday - Arrival


18.00-20.30 Complimentary canaps in the Argyle Library Bar.

Three-course a-la-carte dinner in our award winning restaurant.

Day 2, Saturday - Free day

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day to relax or to explore the area. See our Things to do section for more ideas.
  • 18.00-20.30 Complimentary canaps in the Argyle Library Bar.
  • Degustation dinner with matched wines.

Day 3, Sunday - Cooking class, departure

  • Breakfast.
  • 09.30 Coffee time.
  • 10.00 Cooking class starts.
  • 13.00 Lunch of dishes produced.
  • Goodbye!


This retreat will take place in Daylesford, Australia.



  • Bee keeping
  • Cooking classes
  • Cricket
  • Fishing
  • Golf course nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Massage nearby
  • Sauna
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Caf
  • Caf nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Lake
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Mini bar
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Tour desk
  • Yoga


  • Art gallery
  • Art gallery nearby
  • Conference room
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Disabled access rooms
  • DVD library
  • Free parking
  • Free newspapers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room dining
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Valet
  • Wake-up calls
  • Wedding


The renowned restaurant draws appreciative foodies from Australia and around the world. In the kitchens, a talented team under the guidance of co-owner and Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker and head chef David Green work from the ground up producing cutting edge, modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal and regional ingredients. A team passionate about hospitality delivers beautiful cutting edge, seasonal food matched with an internationally acclaimed wine list.

Under the direction of executive chef Alla Wolf Tasker and head chef David Green the kitchen work from the ground up producing virtually everything, from house baked breads to an extensive charcuterie range, on the premises. And Alla's dream of a raft of excellent small scale local suppliers has finally come about - due in no small part to her own efforts. Several excellent organic farms are now located within minutes of Lake House. Produce is often hand-picked for a morning delivery.

Local lamb, rare breed pork, grass fed beef, fresh water fish, sheep and goat's milk cheese, heirloom fruit from old orchards and windfalls from local gardens arrive at the kitchen, which since the early eighties, has fostered an open door policy, mentoring and supporting small sustainable producers and growers and developing a local food culture amongst fellow restaurateurs, chefs and residents. Regular guests will tell you of their favorite season and of memorable dishes.

Perhaps the butter poached pheasant with chestnuts and farrow in autumn, the spring lamb with asparagus and morels. The duck with orange braised witlof; the golden roasted free range chicken of summer with corn and yabbies, or the truffled Pecorino tart with artichokes Barigoule, eel, Murray cod and trout; rabbit and hare, speak of local waterways and fields. Wild damsons, winter nealis pears, quinces and yellow crab apples feature in fabulous desserts and, in time honored country fashion, are also made into delicious preserves for enhancing leaner seasons.

Each seasonal menu takes you on a trip down country lanes, through the orchards and across the farm paddocks of the region. As part of our policy of developing a direct relationship with our growers and producers - much of the produce used at Lake House is sourced from nearby. Menus are generally altered twice each season, according to best available produce. These changes generally follow the seasonal calendar, although mother nature, marching entirely to her own drum frequently throws some surprises at us.

Things to do (optional)

Choose a private tour and tasting at the Passing Clouds Musk Hill vineyard and winery just 10 minutes from Lake House. Sample world class Chardonnay amongst the vines and snack on some of the regions best nibbles - including traditional European small goods from nearby Istra farm. Back in the barrel room enjoy some samples straight from the oak barrels; learn about the winemaking process and hear about the mystery of blending different grape varieties and fruit from diverse locations. Take the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test by creating your own blend (AUD 150 per person for 2 hours).

Choose a private tutorial either in the comfort of your own room or by the misty lake shore. Your session will be tailored depending on your previous experience, current lifestyle and interest level. You will truly understand what is meant by the saying yoga is the breath of life (AUD 145 for 1 person or AUD 65 for 2 persons - 1.25 hours).

Enjoy a glass of wine by the open fire in the Argyle Library Bar while immersed in the extensive culinary book collection.

Enjoy watching a large number of native birds including rosella, parrot, kingfisher and kookaburra that fly around the property.

Explore some of the best local artwork from the region. Lake House proprietor and resident artist, Allan's work is represented in public and private collections worldwide. His current exhibition at Lake House is "Landscapes of Daylesford". Paintings and sculptures by David Bromley who has twice been named recently by Australian Art Collector magazine as one of Australias 50 most collectible artists, are displayed in the Salus day spa. Bronze sculptures by Lawrence Winder are on display throughout the garden. Glass art by Glenn Mack; In addition to commissions for water-features, architectural glass walls, lighting and bowls, Glenn Mack has major stained glass works in Australian cathedrals and churches in every state of Australia. Sculptures in wood by Miriam Porter. For the past 15 years, Miriam has drawn inspiration from some of our favorite local personalities - cockatoos, magpies and possums. Miriam's work is scattered throughout the country gardens at Lake House. Her studio is a short stroll from the property and she welcomes visitors by appointment. Don Wreford is one of Australia's leading glass artists. Lake House displays a variety of his pieces in private rooms.

Explore the gardens and you will come upon the Kitchen Garden planted with edible shoots and flowers, a myriad of sculptures and artwork from many of the region's top artists, extensive outdoor terraces overlooking the lake shore and established country gardens with everything from koala-loved stringy barks to lilac, Daphne, quince, plum and apple trees.

Guests may like to have a hit of tennis followed by tea and refreshments in the tennis pavilion.

Outdoor activities: horse-riding, guided walks, golf, fishing, cricket and more.

Take a photography workshop with New York born, Daylesford based Anthony Scibelli. In this 2-hour session you can concentrate on nature, still life, sharpen your technique or composition capabilities. Suitable for anyone from beginner to advanced. Let Anthony guide you through our beautiful village and surroundings as you learn to be a keen observer through a lens (AUD 220 per person for 2 hours).

Try a more internalized approach to the Martial Arts with local Master Diederik Haneveld who is offering his 30 years experience in private tutorials for Lake House guests. By definition, Tai Chi means "grand ultimate" and is considered so by many Martial Arts practitioners, worldwide. Less dynamic than the external arts, Tai Chi fosters balance, stability, patience and awareness on a road to what is known as "true power". Classes for beginners are designed to teach the fundamental principles surrounding Tai Chi, including Chi Kung breathing exercises and still and moving meditation (AUD 165 per 1 or 2 persons for 1.5 hours).

Visit Daylesfors village which offers lakes, waterfalls, pristine bush and Australia's largest concentration of naturally occurring mineral springs. The village itself is an eclectic mix of cafes, quaint stores and galleries.

Visit one of the five organic farms in our region for a lesson in planting and sustaining your own edible garden at home. Whether you have a small balcony or a larger plot, learn about what to plant when, how to improve your soil and to create a composting system to reduce your waste and eventually eat better (AUD 85 per person for 1.5 hours).

Walk down the magical tree lined pathways, following the scent of wood fires and the sound of soft music until you spot the carefully renovated caretakers cottage. The caf sits amongst 10.4 hectares of gardens atop Wombat Hill - the site of an extinct volcano. There are several beautiful areas including the main room decorated with communal tables and open fire. A mural by artist Allan Wolf-Tasker holds center stage, depicting the wild and magical creatures of the Wombat State forest. A bar opens out into the covered (and heated) Pergola whilst the kitchen garden wraps around the outside of the building providing plenty of places to explore, recline in the sunshine or take in the mountain air. Wombat Hill House menus are driven by seasonal influence and designed to be simple and delicious.

Walking tracks lead from the property, around the lake and into the Wombat State Forest, complete with local fauna and the abundant health creating mineral springs the area is renowned for. The nearest one bubbles out right on Lake House's doorstep.

Spa treatments

Our state-of-the-art Salus spa, designed with blonde wood and splashes of Tiffany blue is located within the grounds of Lake House, overlooking lake Daylesford. Surrounded by waterfall fed streams and with nine treatment rooms, Salus is the perfect space to unwind. Walls are adorned with enormous paintings from renowned artist David Bromleys nude series. Relaxation lounges feature plush banquets and recliners lined with soft, textured pillows inviting guests to linger after their treatment and prolong that pampering glow.

When launching Salus spa we chose the Elemis skincare range for its core philosophy; defined by nature, led by science. Its a product based on first pressed essential oils and the best ingredients, backed up by a research and development team for whom results are essential. Our region is well known as spa country, home to the largest number of mineral springs in Australia. We utilize the extraordinary waters both in hydrotherapy and also for consumption on site. Our own mineral water is labelled under Salus and is sourced from our own spring located 10 minutes from the property.

All wrapped up

Salus spa gift vouchers are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or any random bursts of affection. Choose from any of our Salus treatments, Salus packages or Elemis skin care products. All gifts are stylishly packaged and can be express posted for quick delivery.

Elemis premium facials

  • Elemis advanced anti-ageing facial. Choose from Elemis visible brilliance or Elemis pro-collagen Quartz-lift for smooth and youthful skin. AUD 190 for 75 minutes.
  • Pro-intense lift effect facial for the cheeks, chin and neck. AUD 180 for 60 minutes.
  • Skin specific facial is the perfect facial to lift moisture levels and restore the balance of your skin. AUD 150 for 60 minutes.
  • The modern skin facial is a detoxifying treatment for healthy and glowing skin. AUD 175 for 60 minutes.


Only available in conjunction with a 60 minute treatment.

Dry body brushing. Used specifically to boost your circulation and lymphatic system, is a perfect addition to any massages or body treatment. AUD 35 for 15 minutes.

Foot delight. Surrender your tired and aching feet to a warming footbath and gentle buff. This treatment is designed to nourish and condition your feet. AUD 100 for 30 minutes.

Hot stones. Enhance your massage with the use of tension melting hot stones. AUD 55 for 15 minutes.

Scalp treatment. Stimulate your crown with a luxurious scalp massage to ease tension and increase circulation. AUD 45 for 15 minutes.

Hens parties and exclusive group packages

Salus Spa is perfect for a hens day or that special birthday celebration. Exclusive use of the spa means your group can wander from our relaxation lounge to treatment rooms and private tree top mineral spas, stopping for a glass of bubbles and a giggle in between. Half day and full day packages are available. Starting from AUD 220 per person based on minimum numbers.

Massage and beauty

Deep tissue muscle massage. A firmer style of full body massage. Designed to concentrate more on areas of concern and relieve muscle tension. AUD 150 for 60 minutes.

Relaxation massage. Designed to ease tired muscles and soothe a busy mind. Slow rhythmic strokes work to relax the entire body. AUD 145 for 60 minutes.

Remedial massage. A customized style of massage working on individual muscular concerns using therapeutic massage techniques. AUD 160 for 60 minutes.

Salus signature manicure or pedicure. Luxurious hand or foot treatment including nourishing mask, hot stone massage and full polish application. AUD 150 for 75 minutes.

Minimum age

A minimum age of 16 years is required to indulge in Spa treatments at Salus. Children under the age of 16 years must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times and this must be discussed upon making the booking.

Salus body treatments

All body treatments are performed in the blissful Thermal M Cocoon, utilizing the wonderful therapeutic effects of steam and Vichy to enhance the benefits of your choice of body treatment. Subject to availability as cocoons are very popular and availability is limited.

Aroma spa ocean wrap - Cellutox or Musclease. Combining the power of aromatherapy with the riches of the ocean; a blended body mask tailored to either aid detoxification or ease muscle tension is applied to the entire body. Concludes with a full body relaxation massage. AUD 310 for 120 minutes.

Elemis lime and ginger salt polish. Your skin is deeply cleansed, polished and softened to perfection, completed with an application of lime and ginger body lotion. AUD 185 for 60 minutes.

Frangipani and milk ritual. Warmed Frangipani Monoi oil is dripped luxuriously over your body followed by an application of warmed Skin nourishing milk bath. Also included is a refreshing facial cleanse, massage and hair treatment and a veil of Skin nourishing body lotion. AUD 185 for 60 minutes.

Salus packages

All packages also available as gift vouchers. Treat yourself or someone special!

Absolute spa ritual. Indulge in a relaxation massage followed by an Elemis advanced facial. AUD 310 for 120 minutes.

Detox retreat. An Elemis lime and ginger salt polish exfoliates and primes your skin for a full body relaxation massage. Your therapist will treat you just a little more by giving you an exclusive Elemis product to continue your spa experience at home. AUD 360 for 120 minutes.

Indulge for two. Utilizing the unique Hydrostorm, this treatment includes a foot delight, relaxation massage and a blissful Elemis skin specific facial. AUD 410 per person for 180 minutes.

Time-out for two. Drift away with a one-hour relaxation massage followed by an Elemis soothing express facial. AUD 240 per person for 90 minutes.

Total time-out for men. Dynamic and immediate relief of a relaxation massage combined with Elemis advanced facial. AUD 310 for 120 minutes.

Signature treatments

Exclusive retreat spa experience. The retreat treatment begins with specially prepared elixir bath, followed by a luxurious body exfoliation and an aroma-stone body-massage which works deep within your bodys muscles. Continue with a customized Elemis advanced facial including a gentle massage with temple balm scalp treatment. End on a note of pure decadence with a glass of champagne and nibbles to enjoy on the deck, in the garden or by your own open fire. Includes an exclusive Elemis product to take home. Available only for guests staying in The Retreat: AUD 550 for 150 minutes.

Exotic milk bath ritual. Start with a smoothing body scrub to gently sweep away impurities, and then immerse yourself into the deep tub where you are provided with an Elemis facial mask to apply at your leisure. After you have soaked yourself into a state of bliss you are then provided with a beautifully rich body cream to apply. Single use only - AUD 150 for 45 minutes.

Private treetop spa. Set in a magical location, private circular spa tubs sit in secluded tree top cabins and look out through the waterfront willow trees.100% pure Daylesford mineral water is used. Single use only - AUD 105 for 30 minutes.

Salus signature bliss. This body treatment combines soothing rhythmic strokes using hot volcanic rocks and warm oil to reduce tension and ease muscle aches. The body is then polished with lime and ginger salts to remove rough skin. Whilst you are all wrapped up, a soothing face and scalp massage completes this nourishing experience. Finish off with a Hydrostorm experience where steam assists the absorption of essential oils whilst Vichy jets and waterfall showers rinse away the salt, exposing beautiful soft skin - fresh, nourished and rejuvenated. AUD 225 for 90 minutes.

Something special for expecting mothers

Treatments available after the first trimester. And of course lets not forget about the dads; we can customize this package to suit. Just ask our friendly Salus staff.

Beautiful bump. A nurturing massage followed by a gentle full body scrub and soothing scalp massage. Finish with a warm shower and self-application of a luxurious body lotion. AUD 240 for 90 minutes.

Mum to-be ritual. Salus caters for expectant mothers with the utmost care. Begin with a nurturing pregnancy massage followed by an Elemis advanced facial. AUD 310 for 120 minutes.

Pregnancy massage. Performed on a specifically designed table this is a nurturing massage aimed to soothe mums to be. AUD 150 for 60 minutes.

Top to toe mum and bump. A luxurious half day top to toe pregnancy package combining a nurturing massage, full body exfoliation and Elemis advanced facial. AUD 410 for 150 minutes.

Special consideration

Please advise us at time of reservation of any allergies or ailments you may have. Notification of medical conditions such as high or low blood pressure, heart complications, pregnancy or recent surgery is also recommended.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • A cooking class
  • A three-course a-la-carte dinner
  • Complimentary canaps in the Argyle Library Bar
  • Daily full country style breakfast
  • Degustation dinner with matched wines
  • Folder of recipes
  • Lunch of dishes prepared in class with wine

What's not included

  • Meals and drinks that are not mentioned above
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Melbourne International Airport (MEL).


  • Adelaide - 8 hour drive
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  • Melbourne airport - 60 minute drive
  • Sydney - 11 hour drive
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