Need to know
34, including 12 suites and two villas.
11am, check-in, 3pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $397.03 (AU$500), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Room rates include full country-style buffet breakfast, WiFi, car parking and daily newspaper. Packages that include a la carte dinner are also available. Rates exclude a 2.75 per cent credit-card surcharge for Amex and Diners Club payments.
Pick up some impressive cooking techniques from the Lake House team's chefs in the purpose built Cooking School kitchen; offerings include pastry classes and day-long masterclasses.
At the hotel
Salus Spa, gardens (including kitchen garden), tennis court, DVD library, the Argyle library (with a selection of culinary books), private cellar and tasting room, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with cable channels and a DVD player, iPod dock, Bluetooth music systems, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle with a selection of teas, free bottled water, air-conditioning and WiFI.
Our favourite rooms
Sitting high in the Lake House village, the Retreat features two luxe abodes, the Atrium Villa and the Spa Villa, with direct access to the lake. Each offers sumptuous lounge and dining areas kitted out with chic Olly of San Francisco furnishings, fireplaces, dressing rooms, and bathrooms with deep tubs and separate showers. The Spa Villa sports a courtyard with a sunken hot tub and the Atrium Villa includes a chill-beating fire pit.
The hotel's blond wood and Tiffany-blue Salus Spa, with nine treatment rooms, is inspired by Scandinavia and has hot mineral-water tubs overlooking the lake. The spa's surrounded by waterfall-fed streams, and its signature treatment, the 90-minute Salus Bliss, will have you swooning with its smorgasbord of body exfoliation, massage, hot-stone and colour therapies, and upright Vichy shower in the Hydrostorm pod. Ingredients for treatments are foraged from the hotel gardens (pine and eucalyptus in winter, grape skins in Autumn, cucumber and mint in summer and prettily perfumed florals come spring) Artist David Bromley's colourful nudes hang throughout.
Duck whistle, for making friends on the lake. A basket for stocking up on picnic supplies from the local farmers. A straw boater for rowing.
Co-owner Allan Wolf-Tasker’s talent is in the artist's studio – which is nestled on site with views over the cool fern gully. Featuring the kitchen and restaurant, his works can be seen throughout the hotel.
Kids are welcome. Extra beds cost AU$185 a child a night, including breakfast, available in suites only. Baby cots are AU$20 and babysitting can be arranged.
The Lake House kitchen reduces food miles by growing produce on site and developing personal relationships with small regional suppliers, using seasonal, organic food where possible. Stationery is made from recycled paper.