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Daylesford, less than a couple of hours’ drive north west of Melbourne, is another foodie haven, and its main act is undoubtedly the Lake House, where “the dining room is luxurious, the lake-view windows a witness to each season, and service is polished and warm,” writes Janne Apelgren in Good Food. “This culinary destination continues to appear at the top of must-visit lists, celebrated for its championing of local produce and its all- inclusive approach to hospitality,” says Smudge Eats. “Lake House remains the quintessential country manor where a long lunch – or a longer dinner for those staying over – is a celebratory affair,” says John Lethlean in The Australian, whose “must eats” include “The Apple” dessert (“a delicate sphere of white chocolate that cracks open to reveal buttermilk panna cotta, caramelised apple, walnuts and praline”). Elsewhere in Daylesford, a charming spot for breakfast is Cliffy’s Emporium, according to Megan Miller in Escape – “walking into the former general store is like entering a delightfully crammed pantry stuffed full of top-notch goodies – artisan cheese, Istra smallgoods, a refillable olive-oil station and Moto coffee beans.”

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