The famous Daylesford Mill Market is just a short walk away, and the bustling foodie heart of the town is only a brisk walk along the road. Beautiful Daylesford Lake is also within walking distance.
Despite its proximity to Daylesford attractions, however, Tasma House and Gardens feels quiet and secluded. The main house provides accommodation featuring four double bedrooms, two separate lounges, both with large flat screen LCD TVs with DVD players, two bathrooms with bathshower over, a music room with a grand piano, and a large kitchen and dining area which is suitable for running workshops or group activities.
Hydronic heating operates in the main house.
Tasma House has a commercial espresso machine in the kitchen, free wireless internet access, and laundry access.
Three separate garden bungalow rooms allow groups to add sleeping for up to eight more guests. There are six single beds and one double bed in these garden bungalow rooms which are situated about five metres from Tasma House and surrounded by terraces, courtyards and the tea garden.
The "Potager," a self-contained cottage, is part of the Tasma House and Gardens private "village" -- having its own fully equiped kitchen, bathroom, LCDTVDVD, one double bed and two single beds. The "Potager" is perfect for the host(s) of a group or the early risers/late sleepers who need their own spot but still want to be part of the group.
Bedroom 1 -- 1 x Double
Bedroom 2 -- 1 x Double
Bedroom 3 -- 1 x Double
Bedroom 4 -- 1 x Double
Bedroom 5 -- 1 x Double, 2 x Single
Bedroom 6 -- 1 x Double, 2 x Single
Bedroom 7 -- 2 x Single
Bedroom 8 -- 2 x Single
The property is for the exclusive use of the group in residence.
Tasma House and Gardens is often utilised for wedding ceremonies. The wisteria arbour acts as an informal "aisle" with plenty of shade trees and garden "rooms" and vistas providing for great photographic opportunities. Ceremonies involving acoustic musicians in the gardens are permitted during daylight hours.
Tasma House and Gardens is in a residential area, with all the comforts of a big, rambling, country house. As the mark of respect to our friends and neighbours who live in the area, functions and receptions are not encouraged
There are a number of great country halls in the region, with local bus and taxi services to assist in getting people safely to and from these venues.
Option 1 -- Take the Calder Highway out of Melbourne and follow the signs to Bendigo BUT turn left at Woodend (there are two exits so if you miss the first turn off you get a second chance). Woodend is approximately 50 minutes from Melbourne. It is approximately 40 minutes drive from Woodend to Daylesford and is well signposted.
Option 2 -- Come up over the Westgate Bridge -- take the Western Highway and turn left at the Ballan turnOff. Pay attention when you see the McDonald's and BP Servo at the top of the hill (approximately 60 minutes from the Westgate Bridge). The Daylesford turnOff is minutes past McDonald's -- IF YOU MISS THE TURNOFF it will add 40 minutes to your journey. Ballan to Daylesford is a 30-minute drive and is well signposted.
The train journey from the city takes 60 minues and leaves from Southern Cross Station. The airport bus will drop you at the end of the platforms at Southern Cross, so it is just a very short undercover walk to get the train.
The airport Skybus is $26-single-round-trip from Tullamarine Airport to Southern Cross Station.
The Vine Train from Southern Cross Station to Ballan will cost about $10 each way, off peak time, and $15 each way, during peak times -- concession is much less -- visit the VLine website to find exact costs and timetables. The VLine train is clean, light, safe, and easy. Once you've cleared the suburbs of Melbourne it's a very pretty ride through rural countryside.
Vine Train tickets also give you full-access to Melbourne Trams and Trains to Zone 1 on the day of travel.
(Click on the image to enlarge the Daylesford map.)