8 Romantic Winter Escapes to Light your Fire

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From mountainside eco-luxury retreats to cosy Scando-inspired cottages, the Macedon Ranges is all about romance.

Would you like to go on a winter red wine-tasting trail through the countryside? A mystical winter hike at Hanging Rock Reserve? Or leisurely explore Kyneton’s eclectic shops, cafes, bars and boutique art galleries?

Whatever your passion, the Macedon Ranges in winter is an ideal destination for a cheeky couple’s escape. And with such close proximity to Melbourne, it means less time on the road and more time for romantic schnookies and stargazing.

Here’s eight ideas to light your fire with a romantic winter escape.

1. Rimba Retreat

Mount Macedon

Rimba Retreat has it all – a private location on the slopes of Mt Macedon. Views to Hanging Rock. Firepit outside, cosy woodfire inside. Room to roam the fields. And all the luxury trappings you could want for a mountain escape.

Rimba is the perfect place to connect, recharge and enjoy the finer things in life. You might even get lucky and experience snow when you’re there.

Average rates: $750 p/n, minimum two-night stay.

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1. Rimba Retreat covered in snow. 2. Rimba Retreat firepit 3. Cosy by the fire at Rimba Retreat

2. Fellcroft Farmstay

Cobaw Ranges

Designed exclusively with couples in mind, Fellcroft is a romantic farmstay-type escape. The Crozier family have been farming this land since 1862 and this area is absolutely stunning. With the Cobaw Forest as its backdrop and magical views to Hanging Rock, Camels Hump and Mt Macedon – this getaway will wrap you up in natural beauty.

In addition to long walks on the property and star-gazing around the firepit, your hosts include a free bottle of local wine and cheese, plus a breakfast hamper including Fellcroft’s own eggs and honey.

And when you’re done with walks, wine and firepits, there’s a two-person spa bath in your room.

Average rates: $200 – $400 per night.

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Fellcroft Farm

3. Hanging Rock Views

Woodend

Hanging Rock Views offers four purpose-built luxury suites.  Each of the contemporary suites are individually decorated and named after the geophysical features viewed from your room: Hanging Rock, Mount Alexander, Mount William, and Spring Hill.  These views are amazing, taking in a 180-degree view, with the famous Hanging Rock so close you feel you could touch it.

The 135-acre property is home to hundreds of kangaroos who graze right up to the rooms, plus wombats, deer and numerous birds such as kookaburras, eagles, and parrots.

A romantic, eco-luxury getaway perfect for star-gazing and soaking up nature.

Average rates: $250 – $320 per night.

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Hanging Rock Views

4. Mollisons

Kyneton

History combined with lashings of luxury. Mollisons offers boutique accommodation for couples in the heart of Kyneton. The original Bank of New South Wales building has been lovingly restored to create two beautiful apartments and six deluxe hotel-style rooms with a tasteful mix of antique and contemporary pieces.

Treat yourself to a special dinner at Midnight Starling on nearby Piper Street. Or drop into urban winery, cellar door and bar Musk Lane Wine, tucked in an alley a few minutes’ walk from your accommodation.

Average rates: $210 – $320 per night.

This is an accessible venue.

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Mollisons

5. The Cottage at Bolobek

Macedon

‘Bolobek’ is a unique working farm at the foot of Mt Macedon, boasting a rich history, great quality beef and lamb, and a glorious garden.  The Cottage at Bolobek was originally the Station Hand’s house and is stylish, sophisticated and most importantly, comfortable.

Located in the middle of the property next to the historic garden, the cottage is extremely private. You can snuggle up in front of the fire, soak in the bath, stroll the gardens (a private tour can also be arranged), go wine tasting at nearby wineries on Mt Macedon, or bushwalking in Macedon Regional Park.

This is a truly romantic and secluded getaway, staying at one of the most famous garden estates in Victoria.

Average rates: $325 – $400 per night.

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Bolobek-scultpure

6. St Agnes Homestead

Kyneton

A short stroll from Piper Street’s shops and restaurants is historic St. Agnes Homestead. Hidden from view behind a dense hawthorn hedge, it’s a property with a rich history that has been restored to its original charm as a country retreat B&B.

Inside the front gate, the rambling homestead nestles amongst stately deciduous trees in a woodland setting.

An acre of merlot vines march up the slope and together with the pond and sweeping lawn, the rural atmosphere ensures, that once inside the gate, you will want to simply relax and enjoy the surroundings…

St Agnes Homestead offers a variety of different lodgings, including the handsome ‘Groom’s Retreat’, which has an open fireplace, claw foot bath and views over the eastern lawn and vineyard. 

Average rates: $175 to $250 per night.

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st agnes

7. Woodend Cottage

Woodend

This rustic, French Provincial-style cottage with a high cathedral ceiling is truly unique. The property is set on an acre of garden in a tranquil bushland setting perfect for a stroll (say hi to the two resident alpacas). It also has a cosy wood-fuelled fire to warm up by with a glass of local wine.

The cottage is incredibly private and only a short drive into Woodend village, where you can explore boutiques, bookstores, cafes and pubs, including Holgate Brewhouse’s state-art-the-art tap room and brewery. It’s also nearby Hanging Rock Reserve and wonderful local wineries and gin distilleries.

Pooch can also enjoy a romantic getaway with you (pet friendly by negotiation).

Average rates: $275 – $295 per night.

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woodend cottage living

8. Harpsichord House

Kyneton

Harpsichord House is a Scandanavian-style retreat in the heart of Old Kyneton. Displaying works by local artists and designers, and exquisite textiles from around the world, this lovely loft has a luxurious, king-sized bed looking to a cosy wood-fireplace. It’s also within walking distance to shops, boutique art galleries, cafes and the beautiful Kyneton Botanic Gardens.

The best part is that it’s pooch-friendly, so you can have a romantic getaway with your fur baby.

Average rates: From $255. Minimum two-night stay on weekends, three-night stay on long weekends.

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What to do on your romantic winter getaway

There’s so much to see and do around Kyneton for a romantic getaway in winter. Make sure to check out the Winter Red Wine Lovers Trail or go on this Hanging Rock Scenic Drive. Drop by Animus Distillery on Piper Street for great gin cocktails or take a visit Musk Lane Wine’s urban winery, cellar door and bar where there’ll be a toasty fire waiting inside.

Yesteryear Today Carriages also run romantic rides through the countryside in a vintage horse-drawn carriage. Your driver Rose will provide lots of blankets to snuggle under with a hot thermos drink to keep warm.

 

 

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