There are so many amazing unique, boutique accommodation options in this little town that I couldn't limit it to just 3.
:: The Church at Franklinford : 800 Hepburn - Newstead Road : map : reservations by email or 0425 816 515 : 2 nights on weekend $380 Stay tuned for the soon to be opened Hotel Frangos : The Frangos' already have a beautiful restaurant (Frangos & Frangos) & cafe (Koukla) see below, spa (Endota also below) and fashion store in the centre of town (Vincent Street)
:: Lark : Handmade & Vintage finds : 4a Duke Street (behind the MS Shop) : (03) 5348 3571 : Open Sat & Sun 10am-4pm : Lark House is their vintage guest house which fits 8 : book through DayGet : tel: +61 3 5348 4422.
:: Junk Style is worth a look at 67 Vincent Street (upstairs)
:: Day On Earth : Shed 4, 39 East Street : Open Fri-Sun 10am-5pm : Artist David Bromley's workshop:: Markets :: Saturday Market : 1st Saturday of the month in the primary school on Vincent St (locals love Beer and Breakfast for a friendly bite to eat just across the road :: Sunday Market : 18 Raglan St (nr Daylesford Station) 8am-4pm :: Makers Market : Daylesford Town Hall, Vincent Street, 10am-3pm : Dates here
:: Convent Gallery : Cnr. Hill & Daly St, Daylesford : 03 5348 3211 : have a tea in the cafe and wander the gardens : Open 7 Days 10am - 4pm : Admission fee $5.00
:: Red Star Cafe, 115 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs (opposite Peppers) : Open Su -Th 8am -5pm & Fr -Sa 8am - late
:: Koukla : Open 7 Days 8am - late : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner : bookings taken for groups at dinner only : 03 5348 2363
:: Cliffy's Emporium : 30 Raglan St Daylesford : (03) 5348 3279 : Open Mon-Fri & Sun 9:30am-5pm; Sat 9:30am-10pm : very cosy and cute : grerat produce store at the front too & yummy cakes
:: Frangos & Frangos : 82 Vincent Street, Daylesford : Breakfast 10-12 Sat & Sun : Lunch Fri-Sun & Dinner Fri & Sat : Tel : 03 5348 2363
:: Lavandula's La Trattoria : 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat : 03 5476 4393 : Weekday lunch special $25 includes gate fee, pasta or risotto & glass of house wine. Open daily 10.30am-5.30pm 1 September to 31 May, then weekends, Queen's Birthday and Victorian School Holidays in June, July, August. Café closed August
:: Don't pay attention to what you iPhone tells you - make sure you turn left off the highway
:: Kyneton : 30 minutes away : Stop for a coffee at the very cute Little Swallow cafe : wander around the cute stores on Piper Street (like Kabinett @ #66) and settle for a seriously good meal at one of Annie Smithers Bistrot : French - 1 Hat : 72 Piper St : 03 5422 2039 or Royal George : 24 Piper St : 03 5422 1390. Stay at Tonia Todman's Highbank Stables : take a cooking class & check out her roses. If you're there 2nd Sat of the month, check out the farmers market at St Paul's Park at (where else?) Piper St. Then there's Stockroom at #98 : We-Fr 10.30-5 & Sa-Sun 10-6 (#98) showcasing contemporary local artists
:: Trentham : c.15 mins drive away : Cosmopolitan Hotel : Cnr High St & Cosmo Rd : 03 5424 1516 : best local food, wine and beer Fr, Sa & Su for lunch and dinner : Trentham Farmers Market 3rd Sat of the month : Open for coffee & breakfast from 9am