Holyrood House, Daylesford, Victoria

by Tuesday, November 28, 2017

When Andrew Matthews and Keith Cleur first set their eyes on Daylesford’s Holyrood House – known locally as the ‘Duchess of Duke Street’ – they were immediately attracted to its history and a beautiful, yet somewhat overgrown garden. Historically, the Victorian-era country house was both the first Daylesford property to have electricity connected and Daylesford’s first fine-dining restaurant. Soon after they purchased it, in mid-2013, they commenced a four-year renovation process to allow all the rooms and gardens to express their fine history. For Andrew, after many year’s experience as a chef and private service Butler, and following Keith’s decades in retail, it was decided that it was time for Holyrood to shine again as guest accommodation. Let’s join Andrew and Keith as they take us on a ‘best-of’ tour of Daylesford… 

Andrew Matthews and Keith Cleur with Miss Koji, the Bernese Mountain dog.

Most popular request…

Either “Another homemade, almond and dark chocolate macaron, please” or, where to dine in the evenings in Daylesford.

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off…

Passing Clouds Winery.

Best coffee…

Here at Holyrood, or at Cliffy’s café. We both use Motobean coffee. It’s the best for a serious caffeine fix.

Where we must go for lunch…

Passing Clouds Winery on the weekend, or The Boathouse.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do… 

The Convent Gallery or one of the many Day Spas in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving…

Walk around Lake Daylesford or the stunning Wombat Hill gardens, then undo all that good work with a wine and a grazing platter at The Boathouse.

What they love about their hosted acommodation…

Its history. We gathered so much information from many previous owners. There are so many great stories to share about the heritage of this 1860s property.

Anything else we should know when visiting Daylesford…

Daylesford is perfect in all seasons: Winters by the fire; spring gardens; summer here on the deck lazing with a wine; and my favourite, colourful Autumn. It really is stunning and so close to Melbourne.

 

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