On a sleepy corner of a quiet street in Trentham sits The Estate; Lynda Gardener's chic restoration of a 1900's federation house.
Sinking in to an oversized sofa, layered with heavy blankets that will have you wrapped up for days, Lynda's curated style is evident. Whilst there are similarities to her White House property in Daylesford, The Estate has incorporated a much more modern, country aesthetic.
Crisp white walls and a mixture of dark wood and polished concrete floors are a blank canvas for Scandinavian inspired furnishings. Upon entering The Estate a grey scale landscape provides a stunning backdrop for a square dining table that faces a raw fireplace and a dramatic portrait.
Two European sized bedrooms are covered in chocolate coloured linens with slate accents. Industrial lamps and checked upholstered feature chairs finish off a room that is reminiscent of a Nordic lodge.
The central bathroom oozes indulgence with a deep tub facing an original fireplace. Accents of reclaimed wood, vintage mirrors and classic art soften the modern bathroom pieces. Relaxing is effortless as light floods in from a large window, bouncing around off the white walls in a day-spa fashion.
The kitchen is the soul of The Estate. A never ending collection of Lydna's personal crockery and cutlery are perfectly stacked on open shelving. No utensil is forgotten, from whipping cream to shaving Parmesan; it's all stocked.
The Estate's own garden is available for guest's use. Fennel, tomatoes and lettuce are all tended to with love and care. A bunch of fresh parsley and a few bay leaves thrown in to a deep pot inspire family-style dishes of Ragu with a few additions from the local grocer.
For those hot summers, dining alfresco can be done under twinkling candles and overgrown vines on the back porch. There's a dog bed for the extra company and it's a gorgeous spot to be, sipping on vino with loved ones.
Adjacent to The Estate's house is a barn which has been converted in to a commercial working space. Intimate weddings, workshops and meetings can get creative under a light-filled hanging garden and catering is a breeze with a built in kitchen.
A third bedroom is nestled at the back of the barn, with it's own clawed bathtub and sumptuous bed. It's a romantic hideout, separate from the rest of The Estate, perfect for a loved up couple.
Being on Trentham's doorstep, you're a leisurely stroll to the famous RedBeard Bakery and up and coming eateries such as du Fermier and The Plough. Trentham Falls is nearby, although not always flooded with water and if you're keen to do absolutely nothing then The Estate's gardens are just the place for you. Grab a book, laze in a hanging egg chair and watch the sun go down.
FEEL: Country escape.
ROOM PICK: The house is yours, but you can choose to book one, two or all three rooms.
WIFI: None - but there is a TV.
RATES: Weekday rates for one room start at $390 AUD p/n.
IN ROOM: Towels, bath soap, shampoo, conditioner all provided.
MINI BAR: Included is fresh jam, butter, eggs, bread, oranges and a pantry of basics.
GETTING THERE: Trentham is a 45 minute drive from Melbourne.
I stayed as a guest of The Estate, Trentham.