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Note: This review was written when the property was part of the Novotel chain:
I always have a dilemma when I arrive somewhere like this.
Prior to staying, I excitedly tell my family about everything we can do âthe mountain bikes, the walking tracks and tennis courts.
But when I arrive, I see the bar area where I can relax with bubbles and enjoy the view. Then I see the bath where I can relax in the bubbles with a good book...
But as any parent will know, family holidays are about compromise, so we end up doing a bit of both.
The executive king room was one of the largest hotel rooms I have seen. It had two king beds, one of them unzipped into two single beds for the kids.
The beautiful bathroom, complete with two person spa bath, featured a large shuttered window that opened up onto the room. Described as allowing you to appreciate the view, it allowed me to relax in the bath, while keeping an eye on the kids. Perfect!
Outside, hubby and Master 10 decided to brave the elements and took off on mountain bikes. With pathways close to the golf course, the only slight issue here is that it was a bit unclear about where to ride.
After the ride/walk, we ended up in the pool. Now, call us crazy, but this âindoor/outdoorâ pool, was heated and despite the cold winter's day, was actually quite pleasant. From there, it was a quick dash to the even hotter spa.
Later in the day, hubby took himself off to Hepburn Lagoon for a bit of fly fishing. I ended up in the bar, which has an adjacent kids room with a giant âConnect 4' game, bean bags and a play station. A great set up, where mum can read the paper, while the kids play.
We ended up having dinner at Creswick's American Hotel (but only just as it was basically booked out. The food was lovely and the paper tablecloths and crayons kept us going with noughts & crosses and hang-man until the food came).
With its close proximity to Melbourne and a range of activities not just at the resort, but also the local area (it is just a short drive to Ballarat or Daylesford), this resort is a great option for a weekend family break.
Note: Our accommodation was independently booked and paid for. Views are my own.