Montacute Pavilion and Gardens is like no other Daylesford accommodation. It is a European-inspired hideaway in the treetops of one of Daylesford’s oldest and most historic gardens near the Wombat Hill Botanical gardens. Completely private, it is designed as the perfect romantic couples’ getaway. The bedroom is not just a bedroom, but a place to lounge in all day. And the bathroom is not just a bathroom: huge bath and ‘The greatest shower in the world, in which one can live out one’s fantasies of bathing, nymphlike, in a grotto.’ There is a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable sitting room downstairs, as well as a second bedroom and ensuite.

In the garden there is a terrace, an exotic dining pavilion, and spectacular parterres, and lots of seats in leafy nooks. Shops and cafés are just a few streets away. It is perfect for couples, couples with children, or friends who just want to hang out in a special place. Even hermits. It is great for longer stays. The building, which is based on the garden pavilions at Montacute House in England, is intriguingly festive, while the furnishings are luxurious, a mix of modern antiques and arts-and crafts cosiness. As one guest wrote: ‘I felt that I had died and gone to heaven’. It has all the luxury touches: Molton Brown toiletries, a hamper and a complimentary bottle of Passing Clouds’ ‘Graeme’s Blend’. There is off street parking and flat-screen TVs with Netflix on both floors.

See the feature on Montacute Pavilion on Channel 9’s Postcards programme.