You'll Soon Be Arriving At The Hide!
We thought you might find it helpful if we gave you a few last minute tips before your stay.
Eating Out On Friday Nights
If you are arriving on a Friday night and you plan to eat out we recommend you decide where you would like to eat and then contact the restaurant to make a booking and to find out when the kitchen closes. Friday nights are very tricky for restaurants in Daylesford as it is difficult for them to know how many people will show up. If they aren't very busy it is not uncommon for them to close the kitchen before 8.30pm. If you would like some suggestions about where to eat, head over to our favourites page and our restaurant reviews or use the usual methods of checking out TripAdvisor, Urban Spoon etc.
There is quite a temperature difference between Central Victoria and Melbourne. In summer it can be considerably warmer during the day (but it generally cools down in the evenings) and in winter it can be very cold. We recommend you consult weather information before your stay.
The Ned Kelly Wood Burner we have installed in The Hide Studio is a ripper. We usually have it going for you so that Studio is warm and toasty when you arrive. It takes very little wood to keep the entire space warm if it is operated correctly. There are instructions on how to maximise the performance of Ned in the studio. We use mostly red gum wood as it one of the best to use in wood heaters. Red gum is becoming increasingly difficult to buy and we are mindful of the sustainability of this timber, so we ask that you be mindful of this and run the burner so that you are warm when wearing a jumper (not a t-shirt). There will be sufficient wood left in the wood box outside the studio and gate to keep the Studio warm for your entire stay.
If you plan to go for walks on the road or through our paddocks we recommend you have sturdy walking shoes or boots and long pants (even in summer) because of the grass seeds and insects and possible (highly unlikely) reptiles.
Always bring something warm to wear in summer as the evenings can be cool to cold and even the days can get really cool. In winter if you are going to go outdoors a coat and warm clothing is recommended.
A hat for shade in summer and warmth in winter is a good idea. A pair of slippers to wear inside can make you feel extra comfy and at home.
Over summer the mosquitos can be annoying so we recommend you bring your choice of personal insect repellant. We supply fly spray for indoors and we're guessing you won't want to spray that on your body?
The Coles Supermarket in Daylesford has a pretty good supply of groceries (Corner of Bridport & Albert Streets and open 7.00 to 22.00 daily) and we have two very good butchers in town as well as a fantastic green grocer called Tonnas (right next door to the BP Service Station) on King Street. To get there head towards Lake Daylesford and it is opposite the turn off to the lake.
the Hide Homestead B&B guests
The Hide Homestead B&B package includes breakfast provisions for the first morning. There will be our sourdough sliced bread for toast, homemade jam, honey, butter, low far milk, greek style yoghurt, and our house made muesli. Breakfast supplies for subsequent mornings can be purchased by contacting us.
The Hide Studio guests
The Hide Studio guests can purchase breakfast supplies provided to the Homestead guests for $10 per head. Add a further $2 per head for fresh eggs from our chookies. Contact us if you wish to order.
Returning guests to The Hide Studio will receive a complimentary breakfast basket consisting of a loaf of our own sourdough bread, some eggs, butter and jam.
The Studio has a two burner gas stove and a BBQ for cooking. So if you plan to eat in, make sure your food can be cooked on a stove or a BBQ. We have every conceivable cooking vessel in the cupboard including a Wok. No, we don't have a microwave because we are 100% off the grid and totally using solar power and they waste too much energy. As the fridge is a bar fridge you might consider bringing an esky and filling it with ice as you pass through Daylesford if you plan to bring lots of perishable food or cold beers. Otherwise the fridge is more than big enough for a long weekend or more.
Bringing a Dog(s) to The hide studio?
Don't forget to check out our dog letter one more time before you leave so you don't forget anything. If you are in need of a massage but can't leave your dog please contact us as we may have a therapist who will come to The Hide.
Whether you are bringing a dog or just like to walk, there are beautiful walks right from your front door. We recommend all dog walks are on lead (other than in the back paddock and around the dam) as there is always something potentially tempting to chase and there is lots of bush! You can walk as far and for as long as you like.
A few suggestions:
Sawpit Gully Road
This is a lovely walk - we do it every morning. You get great views of Mount Franklin, different properties along the road and some lovely bush. Birds galore in the morning, especially wagtails, wrens, magpies and kookaburras.
Turn left at the top of the driveway and just keep going straight. Be mindful of the intersection. If you get to Sawpit Track which is off to your left you have walked about 2km. The numbers on the property gates indicate how far the property is from the highway. For example, our property is 205 which means we are 2.05 km from the highway. Number 410 is 4.1 km from the highway and therefore 2.05 km from us. Once you go beyond Sawpit Track there are no properties with numbers so you will have to go by time or use a smartphone app like Walkmeter that uses a GPS to track your walk - it is very good.
Around the block
This is a nice walk with views of surrounding properties and bush.
Turn left at the top of the driveway and at the intersection turn left. At Church Lane turn left and then at the letterboxes on the highway turn left back down Sawpit Gully Rd to The Hide. This walk is about 6km and will take between 1 hour and 1.5 hours.
Check to save disappointment
Some tourist businesses, shops and restaurants close at certain times of the year or days of the week. To save disappointment we recommend you do some investigative work before you come by checking websites and/or calling. For example, the Chocolate Mill closes all of February.
AND JUST TO BE SURE YOU KNOW EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU ARRIVE..
Please head to our FAQ page as there is some very important and useful information there.
To relax and unwind.
Please use the directions we sent you rather than GPS as you will be sent to the wrong address if you use GPS.
We have a manual in both accommodations which has lots of information ranging from how to operate the DVD through to emergency phone numbers for doctors, hospital and vets. If the information you are looking for isn't in the manual please don't hesitate to give a call. We also recommend you read the FAQ page on this webpage as it has some very important and valuable information.
If you think we have left anything out we'd love your suggestions so just go to our contact page and send us an email.
We have arranged a special treat for you at the Book Barn! Andrew, the owner of the Book Barn and Sue and I, would like to shout you an espresso coffee (latte, cappuccino, or whatever you fancy) or tea when you visit the Book Barn which is located right on the lake with a lovely balcony. PLUS, if you spend $10 or more on books you will receive Devonshire Teas - For up to Two People (value $14). There will either be a voucher waiting for you on arrival or just tell staff you are staying at The Hide and you would like to avail of the special.