Checking in at the Mineral Springs Hotel, you feel refreshed, even before hitting the spa. The lemon lampshades, high ceilings and windows bathe you in light as you waltz to the reception lounge.

Breakfast (included) is served at The Conservatory, with both cooked to order items and a buffet featuring fresh produce picked from their farm. It's not a rushed affair either. Hanging lamps and cane furniture give you an air of relaxation, despite the stately surroundings.

The multi-award winning spa is the draw card for the hotel. Start with their extensive organic tea selection, and relax in the lounge (there's an open fire in winter). The outdoor deck is the perfect spot to sip on your tea before heading in to the mineral water baths, overlooking the gardens of Villa Parma.

Twilight bathing on Friday and Saturday nights is a must. Soak yourself in steaming therapeutic waters as the sun goes down - one of their signature treatments.

The springs terrace room gives you an intimate space for a couples getaway. Relaxing on a king bed, you're facing your own terrace and a bay-window bathtub. A separate bathroom behind the bedroom, and a space for writing and lounging gives you a retreat for a chocolate and wine weekend.

The in-house restaurant, The Argus Dining Room, recently awarded a Chef's Hat by the Age for 2015, serves modern Australian cuisine referencing local produce from the region. So whether you're looking for a Victorian getaway, fine dining or relaxation therapy, Mineral Springs Hotel really is the best of what Spa Country has to offer.

FEEL: Modern grandeur.
ROOM PICK: Springs Terrace Room.
WIFI: Yes, included in the rate.
CHECKING: 2PM check-in | 11AM check-out.
BREAKFAST: Included.
RATES: Terrace Room – From $415 per couple 1 night midweek / $1055 per couple 2 night weekend. Springs Deluxe Spa Room – From $340 per couple 1 night midweek / $950 per couple 2 night weekend
CHILDREN: OK - but not recommended (no additional bedding can be provided besides a cot). Minimum spa age is 16.
IN-ROOM: TV, bathtub (in some rooms), writing space, terrace (in some rooms).
MINI BAR: Yes, limited.


Unassumingly on the road through Hepburn Springs stands Villa Parma. Nestled in its lush gardens, next door to its Peppers Group owner, The Mineral Springs Hotel, the front door greets you like a portal to middle France.

Four bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms and tubs, the villa sleeps up to eight people and is rented out exclusively – perfect for a couples getaway or girls weekend.

Upon entry, the rustic dining room sits, awaiting your kitchen skills -mediterranean cuisine perhaps? The adjoining modern kitchen allows you to be inspired. Bread salad with local tomatoes, artichokes with fresh pasta and a bottle of wine from the nearby Pyrenees Wine Region will transport you to the European holiday you always dreamed of. Well, perhaps the one I dreamed of - where I get lost in the French countryside, stumble upon a villa for sale, irrationally purchase it (with my imaginary funds), and learn to speak a foreign language. Voila!

Breakfast is served in The Conservatory at the Mineral Springs Hotel next door keeping you in touch with service by the establishment that runs the villa. Direct access to their spa also gives you the best of what Hepburn Springs has to offer.

The landscaped gardens are expansive and you could easily lose yourself. Grape vines adorn the driveway leading to expertly manicured hedging and pathways. Each ending in a private little corner, you will find yourself sitting with a book for the afternoon.

With the Villa Parma as your background, the gardens give you the setting for a girly tea party or an intimate outdoor wedding. A regular use for the villa. So, grab your pals and book it for a weekend, because you’re on the doorstep to incredible wine and the infamous Daylesford spa territory.

FEEL: Rustic French.
ROOM PICK: Top floor for the garden views.
WIFI: Yes, included in the rate.
CHECKING: 2PM check-in | 11AM check-out.
BREAKFAST: Provided in the adjoining hotel.
RATES: $2600 for full house 2 night stay (4 bedrooms – up to eight guests) including breakfast.
CHILDREN: OK - stairs in the villa.
IN-ROOM: TV, bathtub, full kitchen.