Bed and Breakfast accommodation and activities

Daylesford/Hepburn springs region

Stone and Straw Retreat is a European cottage style b&b with 5 bedrooms in total. A great place for groups and others to stay with a romantic separate suite at the end of the building.

Suitable for friendship reunions, hen’s groups, family reunion groups, wedding groups, yoga groups, small corporate groups, cancer retreats - in fact, any group you feel like gathering together! Stone and Straw Retreat is LGBTI friendly.

Our cedar jacuzzi or spa in the courtyard is a great way to star gaze in comfort whilst sipping a glass of sparkling wine! Spa packages and accommodation can be organised on request.

All our rates include a delicious continental breakfast with fresh juice, cereals, fruit, bakery items, barista style coffees and a variety of teas.

The great variety of beautiful birds and native wildlife inhabiting the grounds are a delight to experience. For those guests wanting to explore the area on foot or bike, there are many walking and cycling tracks including the Goldfields Track at our doorstep. The temptations of The Chocolate Mill are a mere 500 metres away, whilst Hepburn Springs is a short 5 minute drive, where the famous Hepburn Bath House is located.

Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Castlemaine, Trentham and the surrounding villages are home to a great variety of restaurants, wine and cider bars and pubs, besides many art and music events and it is our pleasure to provide you with more information by email or phone.


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We at Stone and Straw Country Retreat want to make your stay as relaxing and pleasurable as possible. With an onsite treatment room offering a range of beauty and massage options and a Scandinavian style outdoor spa - this is the perfect location to customise a package to suit. Contact us to enquire.

There are flexible accommodation options with 5 bedrooms available - so the whole house can be booked - which sleeps up to 15 people comfortably. Great for group bookings! Alternatively, individual rooms can be booked European style. Five bedrooms and four bathrooms with one shared between the two bedrooms of the Garden View Suite, which means no strangers are sharing a bathroom.

The owners of Stone and Straw Retreat are able to provide our guests with a wide choice of activities as there are varied workshops and classes taking place weekly in our Activities Studio including a movie screen to wind down at the end of the day! Barista style coffees, wines, beer and cider plus lunches/snacks and evening meals are also available.

Away from Stone and Straw, there are a great many interesting sights to see from visiting the beautiful gardens at Musk Farm to cycling The Goldfields Track, and from listening to one of the wonderful acts at the newly renovated Palais to sipping on a cider at The Daylesford Cidery and much much more!




Attractions Nearby

Daylesford and Hepburn Springs is home to the largest collection of mineral springs in Australia – taste tests are a must! The region is also inhabited by a number of artists, musicians, writers, chefs, organic food growers, and wineries which means there is always something happening every week of the year. Check out the Visitor Information Centre in Daylesford and Visit Victoria for the latest offerings!

Stone and Straw is located near many significant historic sites, such as Mount Franklin (or Lalgambook) - an extinct volcano revered by indigenous Australians and used as a sacred site. 

For those who enjoy artisan chocolate – and who doesn’t? – The Chocolate Mill is a very short walk away – both children and adults alike enjoy this indulgence! After this sugar intake, guests can walk a section of the Goldfields Track which meanders in front of and behind the property!

Come and escape from the city to the country - we have lots to offer!



Owners - Sean and Anne relaxing on the front steps of the property!

Owners - Sean and Anne relaxing on the front steps of the property!

We - Sean and Anne - are the owners and builders of Stone and Straw Retreat. Our concept is to create a space for people to come and stay whilst also participating in classes and workshops - as they desire.

Sean loves working with glass and is running glass art workshops in the Activities Studio for guests, visitors to the area and locals to enjoy.

Anne has qualifications and experience in beauty, massage and nursing and provides a variety of treatments for guests and others in the SeannaTreatment Room onsite. For details see

Our story in brief is that we started by renovating the stone house - adding another floor resulting in 3 character filled dormer rooms - which now easily accommodates 15. Building with straw has long been a passion for both of us, having attended a strawbale workshop in Austria in 2013!  A straw bale Activities Studio and Treatment Room plus private residence to the side of the stone accommodation was built with volunteer help, paid help and our own free labour in 2017. The Activities Studio takes advantage of the natural qualities of the straw and is proving to be a beautiful space in which to run classes, small conferences, cafe style space and workshops.

The latest addition is a Scandinavian style cedar hot tub or spa located in the courtyard and a fantastic space from which to view the starry nights!

Besides being passionate about building with straw, we are also keen to 'tread lightly on the planet' so we have our own rainwater tanks plus solar panels with batteries as well as other eco friendly initiatives.

Finally we would like to encourage those who are undergoing the cancer journey to come and enjoy our space especially during the week when the pace is slower. We feel that it is essential in these situations, to take time out with loved ones and escape for a few days to a beautiful location in the knowledge that there is a registered nurse in the background.

There are many options:

  • hire out the whole house for a group

  • hire out the upstairs rooms for a smaller group.

  • hire out The Courtyard Suite for a bit of romance with its 4 poster bed and 300 year old grandfather clock.

  • just book separate rooms European style.

Stone & Straw Retreat generously donates time to Cancer Council Victoria’s Holiday Break Program, where families affected by cancer are able to enjoy a short break away at no cost.