Lake House, Daylesford’s brains trust, the Wolf-Tasker family, have revealed their latest regional Australian hospitality and tourism project, the Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm. The 15-hectare regenerative farm is located just six kilometres from Lake House, and features an extensive and productive kitchen garden, a vineyard, olive grove and an orchard of 350 heritage fruit trees.
Alla Wolf-Tasker AM has long been a champion of all things sustainable and local, and her support of the growers and producers in the area has been pivotal in shaping the Lake House menu and the region surrounding Daylesford.
“Having our own productive farm has been a long-held dream for me and the team at Lake House. It means that the vast majority of produce we serve now comes entirely from the local area. It’s also the next step for us and the Lake House family to close the loop on the immersive food-focussed experience for all our guests,” says Alla.
Dairy Flat Farm currently supplements what existing suppliers are unable to provide, as well as allowing Alla, the Lake House chefs and the farm’s gardeners to experiment with growing rare and interesting vegetables, fruit and herbs. A particularly exciting feature of the property is the bakehouse, created within an existing semi-underground cellar space which will be operated in collaboration with Michael James, formerly of Melbourne’s renowned Tivoli Road Bakery.
The European-style Dairy Flat Lodge offers luxurious accommodation for up to 14 guests across six rooms, complete with ensuite bathrooms. A live-in concierge will organise every aspect of the guests’ stay. Lodge guests will be able to partake in a farm tour or book into scheduled workshops on gardening, baking and beekeeping. They can also immerse themselves in the day-to-day activities of the farm: in the vegetable garden, orchard, vineyard, olive grove or ornamental gardens, with the beehives or in the bakehouse.
Guests will also be able to visit Dairy Flat Farm on scheduled tours to learn about the region’s produce and growing seasons.
Dairy Flat Farm will open in December 2019. More at dairyflatfarmdaylesford.com.au