Tuesday 8 October 2019
The team behind Lake House Daylesford, the Wolf-Tasker family, who have long been innovators in regional Australian hospitality and tourism, are set to raise the bar for immersive, experiential luxury once again with the opening of Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm in December 2019.
The 38-acre regenerative farm, set amid rolling hills in the hamlet of Musk, seven kilometres from Daylesford, features an extensive and productive kitchen garden, a vineyard, established olive grove and an orchard of 350 heritage fruit trees. The European-style Lodge, complete with a cellar has been exquisitely decorated with custom-made furniture and offers luxurious accommodation for up to 14 guests.
Alla Wolf-Tasker AM has long been a champion of all things sustainable and local and her support of the growers and producers in and around Daylesford has been pivotal in shaping the region, as well as the Lake House menu, over the past 30+ years.
Dairy Flat Farm currently supplements what existing suppliers are unable to provide, as well as allowing Alla, the Lake House chefs and the Farm’s gardeners to experiment with growing rare and interesting vegetables, fruit and herbs.
One of Dairy Flat Farm’s most exciting features is the bakehouse that has been created within an existing semi underground cellar space accessed via a tunnel beneath the Lodge, and which will be operated in collaboration with Michael James, formerly of Melbourne’s renowned Tivoli Road Bakery.
All baking for the iconic Lake House restaurant will now come from Dairy Flat as will items for the Wolf-Tasker’s more casual country café Wombat Hill House – nestled in the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in central Daylesford. Surplus from the bakery will also be available at Wombat Hill House for visitors to take away. Michael James will run regular sourdough baking classes on site for Lodge guests and as an extension of the Lake House Cooking School program.
The acquisition and transformation of Dairy Flat Farm into a productive farm is a case of Alla Wolf-Tasker practicing what she has preached for decades.
“Having our own productive farm has been a long-held dream for me and the team at Lake House. It means that the vast majority of produce we serve now comes entirely from the local area. It’s also the next step for us and the Lake House family to close the loop on the immersive food-focussed experience for all our guests”.
Dairy Flat Lodge is an ideal destination for groups of up to 14 people accommodated in six ensuite rooms and offers a unique style of luxurious lodge and farmhouse accommodation for guests who are keen to embrace life on a productive farm, but who still want hotel-style comforts and a good cocktail at the end of the day. A live-in concierge will organise every aspect of the guests’ stay.
The interior design focuses on craftsmanship and artisanal production with custom-made furniture, cabinetry and upholstery, and original artworks by Allan Wolf-Tasker, botanical paintings by Alesandro Ljubicic, sculpture by bronze worker Anthony Vanderzweep and woodwork from craftsman Greg Stirling.
Lodge guests will be able to partake in a farm tour or book into scheduled workshops on gardening, baking and bee keeping. They can also immerse themselves in the day-to-day activities of the Farm: in the vegetable garden, orchard, vineyard, olive grove or ornamental gardens, with the bee hives or in the bakehouse.
“The Farm will continually be full of experts in their fields, giving guests an opportunity to observe, immerse or dive deep depending on their level of interest in getting their hands dirty”, adds Alla Wolf-Tasker.
Lake House guests will also be able to visit Dairy Flat Farm on scheduled tours to learn about the region’s produce and growing seasons; tours, classes, workshops and broader opportunities for learning will also be incorporated into the existing Lake House Cooking School program. Dairy Flat Farm will also host occasional open days in conjunction with local festivals and offer Farm Gate sales during prolific growing seasons.
Dairy Flat Farm and Lodge is available for exclusive use only.
The Lodge is scheduled to open December 2019.
For Dairy Flat Farm and Lodge reservations please visit: www.dairyflatfarmdaylesford.com.au