Gather the Gang: 10 Houses Perfect for a Country Group Getaway

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Yearning for a getaway to reconnect with a group of dear friends or family?

We’ve made your holiday planning easy by curating 10 large homes in the Macedon Ranges perfect for a country group getaway, any time of the year.

Whether it’s a special birthday, a cosy Christmas family gathering or a catch up with mates, the Macedon Ranges is a fantastic destination to spend quality time together. Our natural surrounds, fresh mountain air and wholesome local produce do wonders to help you disconnect to reconnect.

1. Cooks’ House by Flophouse


Sleeps: 8 guests

Accessible venue: No

The charming Cooks’ House weatherboard home is the ultimate group escape, with four bedrooms split into two separate wings.

The garden is sprawling and magical and there is even a heated plunge pool for added luxury.

There are plenty of great walks in the area, along the river and through forest tracks. Plus it’s only an eight minute drive into Kyneton for dining and shopping options.

This property is suitable for well behaved pooches by prior arrangement. Please call ahead to check fencing arrangements and other requirements.

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Cooks' House by Flophouse located in leafy Lauriston and only eight minutes from Kyneton.

2. The Manse on Ebden


Sleeps: 10 guests

Accessible venue: No

Formerly owned by the Presbyterian Church, the Manse has been lovingly restored with a contemporary kitchen and elegant bathroom, large living and dining space and five beautifully curated bedrooms.

Centrally located in the heart of Kyneton, this unique accommodation is within close walking distance to restaurants, cafes, shops, art galleries, cocktail bars, a gin distillery and an urban cellar door. Guests can enjoy picnics and walks along the Campaspe River or bushwalking in nearby reserves. Fantastic wineries are also only a short drive away.

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3. Lawson Lodge


Sleeps: 24 guests

Accessible venue: Yes

For group bookings, Lawson Lodge is in a league of its own. It has all the resort facilities you expect at a luxury golf resort, except you don’t have to share with strangers as the entire retreat is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay. It’s a holiday house on steroids!

You can choose from self-catering, with all the facilities you need to cook a feast. Or fully catered, with delicious food you expect in a region renowned for yummy fresh produce.

Recreation facilities included in the rate are 9-hole golf course, 36-seat movie theatre, sports bar with billiards table, large 8-seat spa, tennis court, basketball, petanque, lake for fishing and carpet bowls.

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lawson lodge

4. Rooks Edge B&B


Sleeps: 10 guests

Accessibility: No

A registered sheep stud on 84 acres, Rooks Edge B&B offers contemporary, upmarket accommodation for groups with plenty of space to throw a party.

High-quality linen, fluffy towels, designer bathrooms and cosy wood-fireplaces make this an extra special country retreat for friends and family wanting a touch of luxury, combined with an authentic farm experience. It includes a continental breakfast as well as a fully equipped kitchen for your own cook ups.

Located only ten minutes’ from Gisborne, you are not far from attractions such as Hanging Rock, wineries and restaurants.

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5. Lauriston House


Sleeps: 8 guests

Accessibility: No

A four-bedroom, two-bathroom charming Victorian with all the modern comforts. The owners have thought of every creature comfort, including a wine cellar with honesty system just in case you don’t want to leave. Hotel linen, Salus body products and locally sourced breakfast provisions mean you won’t have to bring anything other than your clothes. Catering options are also available, or dine out in one of the many restaurants in Kyneton and nearby Woodend.

Located in the heart of Kyneton, you have easy access to shops, cafes, bushwalks, cellar doors and botanic gardens.

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6. Cameron Lodge & Gardens

Mount Macedon

Sleeps: 8 guests

Accessibility: No

Cameron Lodge is set in the heart of Mount Macedon, located on the grounds of one of Australia’s oldest hill station gardens. Dating back to 1886, The Cottage at Cameron Lodge is situated within a magnificent 10-acre private garden – the perfect backdrop for a relaxing getaway.

Other than the gardens, one of the cottage’s best features is their wonderful, traditional wood fires. It also boasts a balcony and courtyard with a barbecue area, where you can catch the sunset from the comfort of your deckchair.

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7. The Cottage at Camp David Farm

Spring Hill

Sleeps: 10 guests

Accessibility: No

An architecturally designed, four-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a generous living area, full kitchen and all the creature comforts you could ask for.

Set on five acres of beautiful, manicured gardens, this is a popular home and garden estate for weddings.

Stroll the gardens or take a short drive to nearby Kyneton for shops, cafes and bars.

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The Cottage at Camp David Farm Stay

8. Tree Change


Sleeps: 10 guests

Accessibility: Yes (one step up to front door)

An architecturally designed, comfortable six-bedroom home with two lounge areas, multiple patios and balconies and a swimming pool available from November to March.

Enjoy a fire pit under a starry sky, count the kangaroos in the paddocks or get cosy by the fire in the large central living area.

Great walks and bike rides start at the end of the driveway. And when you feel like getting a bite to eat, it’s only 2km into Woodend town centre where you’ll find fantastic pubs, cafes and bakeries. Iconic Hanging Rock is a short 15 minute drive where you can go bushwalking and picnicking.

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Tree Change Woodend

9. Grangehill

Mt Macedon

Sleeps: 8-12 guests

Accessibility: No

Grangehill is a lovely six bedroom, three-bathroom open-plan home with large verandahs on the north face of Mt Macedon. Set on an acre, it has sweeping views towards Hanging Rock, the Jim Jims and the Cobaw Ranges.

Spread over two levels, the house has an open plan kitchen and living area and a music room with piano. You’ll find a games room with pool table and bar, plus a bocce court and children’s play area. It’s even pet-friendly!

The perfect place for a relaxing holiday where you can kick back with friends and family and have no need to leave. There are however, a number of wonderful bushwalks and wineries nearby if you feel inclined to venture out.

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10. Homestead the Mance


Sleeps: 9 guests

Accessibility: No

Built in 1862, this homestead is now a comfortable, 5-bedroom accommodation set amongst 2.5 acres of beautiful gardens. It’s full of character and old-worldly charm with all its original features, but with modern amenities. Chill out in its sheltered courtyard heated by a pot-belly stove looking out to the gardens. You’ll even find a ‘spa room’ where you can soak in a tub with lovely views.

Located in the laid-back village of Lancefield, you are right in the heart of wine country and spoilt for choice when it comes to cellar doors. The monthly Lancefield Farmers Market is also a great time to plan a stay around.

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