Daylesford and neighbouring Hepburn Springs are fast emerging as the hottest of weekend hotspots in rural Victoria.
With dozens of restaurants, cafés and wine bars, spa facilities and a growing number of accommodation options, there are few better spots to indulge in a day or two of gourmet exploration just a short drive from Melbourne Airport.
Among the newest - and certainly most innovative places to stay - is family-owned and -operated Clifftop at Hepburn, which was voted No.1 in Australia of over 40,000 holiday homes in the Stayz program and has also been named as one of Australia's most romantic getaways.
Think magnificent views, super-comfortable beds and luxe furnishings and a range of gourmet treats; including local chocolates. You can book your package, adding perhaps a cheese platter, or bottle of Passing Clouds wine, when you book online.
Imagine having your own full-sized pinball machine, a two-person day bed that doubles as a swing, or an in-house Spotify system. The owners here have thought of the lot.
And just across the road is the Old Hepburn Hotel (out of sound range, thankfully), which often features live music.
The three villas at Clifftop - Evoke, Serenity and Tranquility - can best be described as eclectic. They are a marriage of street art and modern design with life's little comforts: top-notch kitchens, wood fires, comfortable beds, free and fast internet, hammocks with a view.
Coming soon: some innovative luxury villas constructed from shipping containers and sharing the same magnificent views. Paris, Rome, Vienna and Venice are scheduled to open in mid-2018.
My only complaint about this spectacular destination: the website is striking in design but difficult to navigate. As you will no doubt find out if you go to book at: