- New wave of ‘Villas within Luxury Lodges’ poised for expansion with LLOA
Luxury Lodges of Australia (LLOA) has welcomed Dairy Flat Lodge, a private villa of existing member Lake House in Victoria’s Daylesford spa country, to its membership.
The stand-alone villa is a 10-minute drive from Lake House, set on a 15-hectare farm that practises regenerative agriculture and sustainability in the provision of produce for the Lake House Restaurant.
Effective immediately, Dairy Flat Lodge has been adopted into the Lake House membership.
Penny Rafferty, Executive Chair of Luxury Lodges of Australia said, “Now more than ever more, we see that the exclusivity and privacy of a villa or private residence has high appeal for couples, families, multi-generational and ‘skip-gen’ gatherings (grandparents and grandchildren).”
“The ‘Villa within a Luxury Lodge’, positioned in prime ‘wow’ locations, with all the experiential offerings, hospitality excellence and personalised service and amenities of a luxury lodge is super-appealing for travellers playing catchup on ‘celebration escapes’ and friends and family gatherings,” Rafferty said.
Dairy Flat Farm and Dairy Flat Lodge are a labour of love for the Wolf-Tasker family and an extension of their deeply embedded ethos of sustainability, provenance and the art of hospitality.
Dairy Flat Farm features extensive vegetable and herb plantings, a propagating glass house and three large hoop-houses, a two hundred-tree olive grove, a three hundred tree orchard, productive beehives, a small vineyard and a complete working bakery. Agistment is offered to fellow regenerative farmers who are often also suppliers to Lake House. Lake House Spa treatments and products increasingly include plant derivatives grown at the farm.
The lodge offers exclusive use for groups from two to 12 guests, with six luxury suites, a kitchen, bar, reading, sitting and dining rooms situated across a completely restored Lodge. These are surrounded by extensive formal gardens that form part of the farm. Art by local artists and from the private collection of Lake House owners, the Wolf-Tasker family adds to the sense of connection to place.
“What Dairy Flat Lodge offers is the possibility of ‘exclusivity’, much in the manner of other existing super retreats and ‘owner cottage’ destinations within or adjacent to other lodges,” said owner Alla Wolf-Tasker AM.
Four of the suites are in the main lodge building, while two suites offer views across the vineyard to the forest beyond and are set in the original high-gabled barn. The layout allows for flexibility for special occasion events and casual gatherings, the opportunity for private retreats, multi-generational get-togethers and families travelling with children.
More at dairyflatfarmdaylesford.com.au/
The latest addition to the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection is part of a new generation of ultra-luxury villas set within or adjacent to existing luxury lodges and which offer the flexibility and privacy of an exclusive use villa with the service, concierge, amenities, experiential and dining options available in a luxury lodge stay.
Other new and planned private luxury villas in the collection include:
- The House at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef
- Daintree Pavilion, Silky Oaks Lodge, Tropical North Queensland
- Dune Pavilion, Longitude 131°, Uluru
- Wolgan and Wollemi Villas, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains
- The Residence, Cape Lodge, Margaret River
- Ocean Pavilion, Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island (opening September 2023)
- Outback Pavilion, Mt Mulligan Lodge, Northern Outback Queensland
- Two Bedroom Private Lodge, Spicers Peak Lodge, Queensland High Country
Rafferty said the new breed of villas-within-luxury lodges was a natural progression for many of the collection’s members as it saw changes and opportunities in the luxury travel market emerge over time.
“We’re very pleased to see our established collection of luxury lodges continue to evolve in dynamic ways to meet the needs of the high-end, experiential traveller,” she said.