My husband and I stayed 2 nights as part of a daily deal. The deal was great value and the setting of the villa, Dreaming, was superb overlooking a sloping bushland block with a stream running through the property. I believe there are 4 villas but I think we were the only ones there at the time. Communication and directions given by the owners were spot on and we found this property easily 3kms out of Hepburn Springs. As the property was accessed by a narrow road, we chose to eat in each of the 2 nights as we did not want to be bothered by the lack of lights on the access road and besides it was very cold whilst we were there. There is a fully functioning kitchenette and breakfast supplies for the first breakfast were supplied albeit basic quality. We loved the layout of the villa and the open plan bedroom, lounge and kitchenette was great and the recycling air conditioner warmed up this big space adequately. We did use the TV as the London Olympics were on. In the other room was the huge bathroom with a lovely rectangular spa bath and a sauna (we did not use this though). Our only negative comment was that we would have liked a door on the toilet area for a bit of privacy.
We loved the tickets for Hepburn Spa House and a food voucher for meals at a cafe in Daylesford as these were included in the deal.
There were a few negatives though and hope they are seen as constructive. The upkeep of the property both inside and out was lacking and condition of the inside is looking a bit tired. Whilst we were there, a cupboard door in the kitchen was askew and the general cleanliness of both the rooms were poor. Where the dishes drained, there was just paper towels placed there and they were very dirty. There is a great deck with a day bed on it and although it was too cold to use, we did stand out on the deck for a while and unfortunately, there was a full smelly ashtray sitting there. Not was it only unsightly, but for a non-smoker, it was awful. We did contemplate a barbeque but it was also very dirty too.
This is a great spot to stay and a lot of thought has been put into catering everyone's needs but the general cleanliness and upkeep of the property needs to be attended to. We would recommend this villa to others but hope the above matters will be looked into.
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- Daylesford and Hepburn Springs' most relaxing, romantic 4 Star Self Contained Villa Accommodation, Blue Cliffs Retreat, in the heart of Australia's Spa Country, is a true escape and retreat to the new luxuries of Serenity, Space, Seclusion& Silence. All self-contained villas have exquisite views, double spa baths, fireplaces and (except Hideaway) double saunas, set on 25 acres of native bush, only 5 minutes drive from the cafes, restaurants, natural mineral springs therapy centers, wineries, golf course, galleries and boutique shops in Hepburn Springs and Daylesford. ... more less
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