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12 Ideas for Family Friendly Places to Stay

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Get back to nature with a family-friendly getaway in the Macedon Ranges.

When you’re ready for a change of scene with the kids, the Macedon Ranges has a great variety of family-friendly places to stay – from laid back cottages to swanky guesthouses.

While you’re here, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to get the kids into nature, such as hiking, biking and freshwater fishing. And for something a little lazier, you’ll find many beautiful spots for picnicking in forests, bushland reserves and heritage gardens.

Our laid back villages offer fantastic kid-friendly cafes and pubs, because who wants to cook on holidays? And mum can also enjoy a well-deserved session of retail therapy, without the crowds.

Sounds like your kind of holiday? Get ready to reconnect and rejuvenate in the country with these 12 ideas for family-friendly accommodation.

1.Brougham Corner

Mt Macedon

Sleeps: 5 bedrooms / sleeps 11

Disability Access: Yes

Pet Friendly: No

Average Rates: $295 Sunday to Thursday to $550 Friday to Saturday. Plus $40 per additional person per night for bookings of more than 4 people.

Brougham Corner offers a luxurious space for an extra special family getaway in the mountains. Situated on two acres of gardens at the base of Mt Macedon, this sun-filled house is about design and comfort. Here you can watch the seasons change in the garden while enjoying a barbecue or star-gazing time around the fire pit. There’s plenty of space for the kids to run riot, plus it has a bath and a travel cot to make life easier.

 

 

1. Brougham Corner exterior 2. Enjoy Brougham Corner's beautiful garden 3. Brougham Corner is set on two acres

2. The Fox House

Kyneton

Sleeps: 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Disability Access: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Average Rates: $260 per night including pantry staples for breakfast.

The Fox House is a contemporary, fully-renovated home (circa 1920’s) one block from Kyneton’s three main streets for shopping and dining. It’s got all the little touches you’d expect from a kid-friendly property including toys, games, Netflix, highchair and portacot.

The Fox House

3. Heart of the Ranges

Woodend

Sleeps: 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: No

Average Rates: From $240 including pantry staples for breakfast

Heart of the Ranges is a sprawling, fully equipped modern house only a five-minute drive from the centre of Woodend village and ten minutes’ from Hanging Rock. It is well equipped for babies and toddlers and nearby the fantastic Woodend Children’s Park and family-friendly eats such as The Vic Hotel.

Heart of the Ranges Living

4. Adrienne’s Country Retreat

Mount Macedon

Sleeps: 5 bedrooms (house + studio combined) / sleeps up to 12

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Average Rates: From $440 for 2 nights (main house) and from $380 for 2 nights (studio)

Adrienne’s Country Retreat is positioned along the scenic Barringo Road on Mt Macedon. Set on 15 acres, it offers a 3-bedroom home and separate 2-bedroom cottage with heated outdoor spa. It’s all about fresh country air, a relaxed atmosphere, wildlife spotting and stunning views at this retreat.

Adriennes Country retreat Mt Macedon

5. Isabella at Kyneton

Kyneton

Sleeps: 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: No

Average Rates: $200 per night for 2 persons (weekly rate) to $510 for 6 persons per night (minimum two nights), including excellent breakfast provisions.

Isabella at Kyneton is a multi-award-winning self-contained property within short walking distance to Kyneton’s shops and cafes. Built in the 1890’s, Isabella is all about comfort and soul, with a cosy lounge room, country-style touches, a bath for the littlies and a lovely backyard with a barbecue.

Isabella bedroom

6. Grangehill

Mount Macedon

Sleeps: 5 bedrooms / comfortably sleeps 8

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Average Rates: From approximately $660 per night, minimum two night stay.

Grangehill is your ultimate family nature retreat in the mountains. Set on one acre, it offers views to Hanging Rock and large verandahs to enjoy them from. The home is spread over two levels with an open plan living area designed for the family to spread out. It even offers a music room with piano, games room with pool table, table tennis equipment and a petanque/ bocce court. You’ll also find toys and games for kids plus a highchair.

Grangehill

7. Cowen House

Kyneton

Sleeps: 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: No

Average Rates: $210 per night midweek, $250 weekends and special events (for 1-2 guests) / $410 per night (6 guests)

Cowen House is a Victorian-era self-contained cottage centrally located in one of Kyneton’s oldest streets. It’s within walking distance of cafés, restaurants and shops, plus offers pantry staples if you want to cook your own meals. Cowen House also has a bath for the kiddies and a lovely garden to enjoy during the different seasons.

cowen house lilac

8. The Cottage at Camp David Farm

Spring Hill

Sleeps: 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: No

Average Rates: $480 to $660 including breakfast provisions

The Cottage at Camp David Farm is an architecturally designed, family-friendly country retreat where you can curl up with a good book, take a long bath or toast marshmallows around the fire pit. Kids will love exploring this enchanted garden estate complete with grand hedge-lined lawns, roses in abundance and flowers that bloom all year long. There’s also a highchair and portacot available.

The Cottage at Camp David Farm Stay

9. Sassind Guesthouse

Mount Macedon

Sleeps: 4 bedrooms (one bedroom is in a separate, fully self-contained bungalow) / sleeps 8

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: No

Average Rates: From $580

Sassind is a luxuriously comfortable guesthouse surrounded by outdoor decks and two acres of mature, parkland style gardens. Parents will love the generous master suite featuring its own private lounge area, outdoor balcony space and luxurious bath, with large picture windows looking out into the gardens and up to Mt Macedon. 

Sassind Guesthouse at Night

10. Tree Change

Woodend

Sleeps: 6 bedrooms / sleep 10-14

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Average Rates: $800 to $900. Discounts for longer stays.

Tree Change is a large home architecturally designed for comfort, sustainability and for enjoying the natural surrounds. It’s only 2km from Woodend village and 15 minutes’ drive from Hanging Rock and Mt Macedon. With stunning rural views, kangaroos in the paddock, a fire pit, two lounge areas and a swimming pool (for use from November to March), this property is well and truly designed for families. Portacot and highchair also available.

Tree Change Woodend

11. Lancefield Lighthouse

Lancefield

Sleeps: 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: No

Average Rates:  From $150 including breakfast provisions.

Lancefield Lighthouse is an ideal country retreat for small families. It’s got a wild cottage garden for the kids to run around in and is only a two-minute walk to the main street of town. There’s kids books and toys plus a game console, a barbecue in the garden and a wood-fire to cosy up in front of. You’ll also find a state-of-the-art skateboard park nearby and a public outdoor swimming pool perfect for summer visits.

lancefield lighthouse

12. Willowglade

Mt Macedon

Sleeps: 2 bedrooms plus queen sofa bed option / sleeps 6

Disability Access: No

Pet Friendly: By arrangement

Average Rates: $200 to $400

Willowglade Retreat is a cosy, contemporarily furnished cottage located in the absolute heart of stunning Mount Macedon. There’s pantry staples in the kitchen, plus books, board games and Netflix. The garden, complete with fire pit and barbecue, is a stunning mix of rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangea, established European trees, and newly planted fruit trees. Please note, the garden has a stream and pond, and for that reason, children must be supervised at all times.

Willowglade Gardens

Disclaimer: Average rates featured on this post are an indication only and may be different at the time of booking. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for current advice regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions.

While you are here

Check out our ‘Rock and Ride Family Adventure’ itinerary suggestion for a great day of historic horse-carriage-ride ramblings, hiking on Hanging Rock, playground time and pub meals.

Yesteryear Today Horse Carriage Rides

 

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