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“Amazing Dining Experience but rooms need a facelift !” 4 of 5 stars
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Lake House
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4 King Street, Daylesford, Victoria 3460, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Daylesford
Brisbane, Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Amazing Dining Experience but rooms need a facelift !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

It was extremely difficult to rate this establishment because the food was simply outstanding along with really excellent service, however, the rooms were a bit of a let down. We stayed in a Waterfront suite (not cheap) which was spacious enough, however very dark on the ground floor and the furnishings really need a facelift. What a shame. We have stayed in a number of properties listed in Luxury Lodges of Australia, and our expectations were just not met here. However, we will definitely come back to dine in the restaurant and will definitely recommend the restaurant as a great gastronomic experience.

Room Tip: I would suggest requesting Waterfront suites on the top floor..... most probably brighter and more p...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LHManager, Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thank-you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us - in particular the restaurant. We are always renovating and refreshing our rooms and suites and so will gratefully take your feedback on board. Next time you are thinking of staying with us you may like to try the new Retreat also. Thank-you again for visiting with us.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

A great place to go - we were well looked after. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Dinner in the restaurant was quite an experience and exceeded our expectations with first rate service, although quite intrigued by the large presence of french accents amongst the staff. The room was nice but not that different to rooms in other 4/5 star hotels. Overall a really enjoyable weekend.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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LHManager, Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank-you for your feedback. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at Lake House and that we were able to exceed your expectations. Of the 120 member team at Lake House we have many who have been with us for years (some as long as 25!) . There are both local trainees who have grown into managers and some from interstate. There are also team members from all over the world - Columbia, Sth Africa, China, America, Canada, France and Morocco. We all have the same goal - to seek opportunities to create a warm and welcoming environment and ensure your visit with us is truly memorable. I'm delighted we were able to deliver for you.
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My partner and I stayed here in March and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating or helpful. Beautiful view in a villa overlooking the lake and the heated bathroom floor was just a taste of how fantastic this property is. Wonderfully comfortable bed, great coffee machine and picturesque surrounds complete this place. They catered to our every whim! It was a wonderful little holiday - and we came away engaged! :)

Room Tip: Villas overlooking the lake are the way to go.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LHManager, Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Congratulations on your recent engagement. We're delighted that you enjoyed the rooms, the view and your stay in general at Lake House.. How special to have been included in such a memorable occasion - thank-you. We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you again at Lake House - for a weekend away, another celebration or even a wedding!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The rooms are very small and dated. I'd expect when paying over $500 a night to have a separate lounge and TV room. Some of the staff could learn a thing or two about humility - the sommeliers were quite dismissive of the average punter who doesn't necessarily want to spend $300 or $400 on a bottle of wine. The wines and alcohol are ridiculously overpriced but the food is a credit to the Kitchen staff.

Room Tip: Check out self catered accomodation in the region and have dinner here!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LHManager, Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
We're delighted that you enjoyed our menu at Lake House. Thank-you for your additional notes; our property is continuously undergoing renovation and refurbishment and so we will take your comments under consideration. If you're passing through again you may want to try our Waterfront Suites or the new Retreat. Thank-you again for your feedback - it is always appreciated as we continue to strive to improve on what we do.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We went there for our wedding anniversary and could not have chosen a better place to spend this special occasion! Easy to understand why Lake House is written up in several books! Although we only spent one night there, we enjoyed every single moment of our stay. The 3 course dinner was scrumptious! Our lake view room (upgraded, thanks so much!) was beautiful. Breakfast on the patio was delicious! The staff are professional, courteous and friendly. Could not fault a single thing. Will definitely be going back there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LHManager, Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank-you for your review and congratulations on your wedding anniversary. We look forward to seeing you back at Lake House soon.
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Warrnambool, Australia
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35 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

My first visit to Lake House (as part of a business seminar) but I hope it won't be the last visit!

The setting was exceptional ..... apparently the property was built on an unwanted disused mine site commencing some 30 years ago. The owners undoubtedly had incredible vision as the ambience/setting is outstanding.

Despite being there for a 2 day seminar and therefore set meals for lunches/dinner the quality of the food and service was exceptional.

I was fortunate enough to be in a waterside suite ..... what a treat .... just a shame I couldn't spend more time in the room to enjoy it!

A really can't fault anything about my stay and thoroughly recommend Lake House.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LHManager, Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank-you for your review. We are delighted that you got an opportunity to experience the business and event side of Lake House. We hope to see you back soon.
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Sydney, Australia
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I spent two nights here. We took a lake view room and it was just gorgeous. The room is generous in size, the bathroom is considerable (what a shame i never had an opportunity to have a bath in that wonderful tub!) and the living area and balcony very comfortable. I also spent a couple of hours in the Salus spa and would highly recommend it. And to celebrate my birthday we ate dinner in the renowned restaurant - just the three courses that came with the booking. I wouldn't say the food Wow’ed us but it was lovely, well cooked, nice flavours and the service, particularly by our male waiter, was excellent. The only thing I would say is that they could have spaced out the tables more so we didn't always have someone sitting either side of us. It gets a little too cosy particularly when there is a couple that speaks loudly. But that is so minor in the scheme of things. The location is perfect, the staff attentive, the food is wonderful and I just loved our stay there. Wished it was a longer stay too but the budget didn't quite allow it ;)

Stayed March 2013
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LHManager, Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank-you for choosing to celebrate your birthday with us. We're delighted that you got an opportunity to enjoy not only the accommodation but also the Salus Spa and restaurant too. Thank-you for the feedback - it's valuable for us as we always strive to improve on what we do.
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Additional Information about Lake House

Address: 4 King Street, Daylesford, Victoria 3460, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Daylesford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Daylesford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lake House 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake House sits on the shores of Lake Daylesford 80 minutes from Melbourne. 35 Rooms and Suites are either in a courtyard setting or overlooking the lake shore. The 2 Chef Hat restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine paying homage to the region's excellent seasonal produce and is matched with an award winning 10,000 bottle cellar. Guests may like to have a hit of tennis followed by tea and refreshments in the tennis pavilion, a glass of wine by the open fire or a game of billiards in the Lounge. Given the opportunity to explore the gardens guests will come upon the Kitchen Garden, 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. The Salus Day Spa is an oasis of tranquillity and offers guests an indulgent way to “take to the waters” with all manner of hydrotherapy on offer. Two tree house cabins overlook Lake Daylesford and house hot mineral water tubs – bliss. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lake House Hotel Daylesford
Lake Hotel Daylesford
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