Adrian Kosky
Owner/Builder of Tasma House and Gardens.

Caterers for events, local to the town, using local produce:

Christian from Ego catering has catered events at Tasma House.

Gary from Spade to Blade is a chef and respected food writer, with many years local catering experience. Also familiar with Tasma House.

Ben, chef and owner of fine local eatery Breakfast and Beer, has also catered weddings and gatherings here at Tasma House.
(Not an exhaustive list, just ones I go to regularly, or wish that I could go more regularly.)
The Peppermill Cafe at the Amazing Mill Market is at the end of Table Hill Rd and offers a great range of cakes, slices and savoury items all made on the premises. They have especially delicious scones! Dine in or Takeaway.  Catering for groups staying at Tasma House is available.  Contact Ray or Dorothy at the Peppermill Cafe.
Red Star Known for great food, the famous mid week locals breaky, all the way over in Hepburn Springs [about 5 minute’s drive]
Breakfast and Beer
Food of distinction and beer to match. Great coffee.
Gracenotes Cafe
1/123 Vincent St Daylesford, Phone (03)5348 4946
I have known the owners of Gracenotes, Chris and Jasmine, for nearly as long as I have been in town. Their daughter, April, has followed her father's passion for food; and, after training and travel, has just joined the family restaurant that many locals enjoy.
Recent hat winners, fine food, fine wine, fine vibe. Occasionally music events happen through here from old time appalachian to DJ Jams
Local winemaker Gabriel Horvat’s is the perfect place to indulge in live music while drinking well, and eating artisan quality pizza. Musicians from around the district play early and late sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Great traditional pub atmosphere, combined with  quality music events and generous meals. They also have a pick up drop off service for those groups who want to enjoy themselves without having to find their way back to unfamiliar lodging
Not far away from Tasma House and Gardens (15 - 20  minutes):
Radio Springs Hotel Lyonville. 

Some say it’s the centre of the universe. Might be, if you are looking for regional musicians combined with a well stocked bar, dining Italian style with the added attraction of authentic Thai on Thursday nights.
Cosmo Hotel Trentham.
A garden, rebuilt stables, and the ruins of a much loved pub, create the backdrop to a meal, fine local musicians, and regional wines.
Redbeard Bakery Trentham.
Years ago I restored and rebuilt an old Scotch Oven, and built a cafe around it. I still own the building so I am biased, but the current operators bake sour dough breads and pastries in the cafe that others travel for.
Colliban Foodstore Trentham.
A retail produce store and "wine focussed daytime restaurant" that has a comfortable environment, both indoors and out, and reflects the history of the region.

Groups or presenters who hold events or run workshops at Tasma House:
The Boite has been running their Daylesford Singers Festival in January for over 20 years. Tasma House was proud to house the visiting artists who held workshops over the popular weekend all over Daylesford. They will be with us again in January 2012.
Margaret Gill has run a number of weekend residential events and retreats at Tasma House and has a few upcoming events scheduled for 2011.
Laurel Freeland Facilitator for sustainable change, Laurel facilitated a week-long residential workshop in 2010 that involved international touring presenter Dr Dale Hunter.
Body Torque Felicity, the owner of Bodytorque bikes and apparel, brought a group of women mountain bike riders for a unique weekend of pampering and mountain biking in 2010.
Charlie Parr International roots touring artist Charlie Parr performed at a unique outdoor house concert here in 2010 -- a big change from the usual types of venues Charlie is often seen at.
Cate Kennedy Past Daylesford resident and well known writer Cate Kennedy ran a Short Story writing workshop in 2010; and we look forward to her return in 2011, if we are lucky enough to fit with her demanding schedule.
Australian Songwriters Association The Victorian delegates of the Australian Songwriters Association, Trevor Shard and Lee Mertzel, ran a 3-day Songwriters' Residential in 2010 and are scheduled to return in August 2011. Workshops and intensives with respected songwriters like Brent Parlane and Suzie Dickinson.
Artists With Connections to Tasma House:
Patrick Jones Patrick, as all true artists, is constantly restless, exploring art in all its glory from many fronts. He lives his art within walking distance of Tasma House. His work surrounds me, in my garden, and in the street in Daylesford. His recent projects include his work as theartistasfamily. You may enjoy his blog. I have known Patrick as a sculptor, builder, poet, printmaker, and musician, also as a fine gardner and dad. Be inspired.
Phil Mac Local poet, saw player, blues harp blower, and friend, Phil Mac. Phil and I have played the street, and the fool together, sometimes his stories and sometimes mine. He's one of a kind. One-third of "Shotgun Shack" and a confirmed silly sausage who calls himself Cab Saveloy at times. Let Phil tell the story..........
Mel Ogden, Landscape Artist extraordinaire, played the major role in the design component of the Tasma Gardens layout. You can read about the process in the Tasma history booklet, as this was way back in 1998. A beautiful map was painted by Mel, and it hangs in the main house. I have taken a crude photo of it and used it as a base for our floor plan for guests to find their way around, but the original is a true work of beauty. Mel is a highly successful and respected Landscape Artist, with a world view but still based in the Central Highlands.  

Wedding Photographers Familiar With Tasma House and Gardens:

Live Music: 
find local music If you are interested in having local acts at your event, Nel has the area's musicians' details at her website.  She can also coordinate, or administer, your event.  The pubs/cafe's/bars in the area have recently become venues for the many outstanding Musicians and Songwriters living locally.  Most venues are free and assume you will buy a meal or a few drinks to help them continue with this fantastic occurrence.  Again, I am biased here, because I like to play at a lot of these venues, wearing my Musician's hat.  

Check the local paper, "The Advocate" or street mags, "Lost," and "Trouble," for local music happenings, art events, etc.

Wingspan Artworks is an art studio that has specialised in butterfly designs for over 20 years.  It is now a family business, owned and operated by Jake Kosky and Lee Kosky, the sons of co-founders Mish Dennerstein and Adrian Kosky.  

Massage, and Alternative Therapy Treatments:
Daylesford is well known as a centre for massage, alternative healing and treatments, and day spa's.  There are many choices.  The following links are well respected, centrally located a few minutes drive from Tasma House.  You might also choose to have treatments in-house with mobile therapists.

At Amazing Mill Markets you will find a selection of vintage clothes, vintage furniture, collectables, antiques, memorabilia, home decor, fine china, art, glass, coins, jewellery, books and records to name a few things.

To arrange Massage/Treatments that come to you where you are staying, visit the Daylesford Escapes website here and go to the in-house treatments tab.

Other Unique Accommodation in the Region: 

Twigs on High Trentham. Twigs on High is boutique accommodation in the centre of Trentham. Once the home of the town's baker and pastry shop, it is now beautifully presented for a special getaway treat for a couple or small family. I recommend it because I spent 18 months passionately reinventing and rebuilding it, and I love that the new owners have taken what has been done and adapted it to the current use. As Molly Meldrum used to say, "do yourself a favour"...... and stay here.

Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville.  Built around 1927, refurbished and reopened in 2009. Comfortable, cosy, eclectic and eccentric , with four King-size rooms with private ensuites.  Having stayed there a number of times, I know it's great!

The links below are offered as general information about the Daylesford area.

Family Fun:
Horse Riding:
Mini Golf:
Market and Railway:
Theme Park:


Tennis:  Dayesford Tennis Courts


Barcaldine House:
Big Shed:
Butlers Lane:
Captains Creek Organic Wines:
Chanters Ridge Vineyard:
Cloudscape Wines:
Daylesford Cider Company:
Eastern Peake:
Ellender Estate:
Gisborne Peak Winery:  www.Gisborne Peak Winery
Guildford Vineyard & Cellar:
Herbal Lore Liqueurs:
Kangaroo Hills:  Kangaroo Hills
Mt. Coghill Vineyard:  Mt. Coghill Vineyard
Mt. Franklin Estate:
Passing Clouds:
Sailors Falls Estate:
Sandy Farm Winery:
Wombat Forest Vineyard:  Wombat Forest Vineyard
Horvat Wines (Wine is a 4 Letter Word):
Zig Zag Wines:
Cellarbrations:  Cellarbrations
Cliffy's Emporium:
Perfect Drop:

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