Max Guests: 4

Cars: 2

Bedrooms: 2

Beds: 4

Full Bathrooom/Ensuite: 2

Toilets: 2

Perfect for couples, families and single groups with up to 4 guests seeking Daylesford accommodation close to the lake. Cara is a pretty, restored miner’s cottage built in the 1800s. Lake views from the deck & direct access to Daylesford Lake from the garden.

Each Bedroom has an ensuite (shower, toilet, vanity) with a Queen bed that can also be split into singles. WIFI and Netflix are provided complimentary, Linen and a welcome coffee/tea/Nespresso pod pack & a firewood starter kit for the wood Fire Place are provided.

Cara Daylesford Accommodation

  • 2 Queen beds with thick bamboo mattress toppers for extra comfort.
  • Queen beds can each be split into single beds
  • Each bedroom has an en-suite (shower, vanity, toilet)
  • Living/dining/kitchen all open plan opening to deck.
  • Split system Aircon, wall heaters, free-standing heaters, electric blankets and wood fire
  • 65in HD TV wall-mounted with Android TV/Netflix
  • WIFI
  • Lake views & direct lake access from the garden
  • Deck with Electric BBQ
  • 10 minutes walk to the township
  • Parking for 2 cars, additional off-street parking available.
  • Children welcome
  • No pets allowed - (Owners allergic)
  • Not wheelchair friendly, accessibility needs may not be met by this property.

Family and Couples Lakeside Daylesford Accommodation

This cute Daylesford accommodation cottage is one of the oldest little local properties and was renovated a few years ago to offer a contemporary feel - Cara Daylesford 2 Bedrooms each with an Ensuite and enough space for up to 4 guests each night!

The Daylesford cottage is a historical gem and can be seen in photographs from the 1800s. Cara has always been a place to come home and feel at peace; With the recent makeover, Cara now offers modern-day appliances and comforts while still maintaining links back to her roots. Newspapers found under the cottage are pinned upon its walls like a tapestry of memories and old posts for tying horses can be seen out front waiting patiently for their duty once again.

Cara's 2 queen bedrooms can each be split into single beds and is popular with families, couples on holiday together or four friends seeking an adventure in Daylesford. Each Ensuite features a shower, vanity and toilet, and the step-down to the bathroom has handrails to assist guests who may need mobility support.

The dining/living flows to the full kitchen, with picture windows and French doors onto a deck that offers gorgeous views of the lake. Imagine the smell of freshly brewed coffee while listening to your favourite tunes as you cook up a delicious breakfast! You can even grill up some ribs while watching the game on a large, flat-screen TV and stream movies with the complimentary WIFI.

Heating and cooling are comfortably covered by the split system, panel heaters and wood fire. We provide guests with a firewood starter kit upon arrival.

The lake is one reason why this town has become a tourist destination. The tranquil waters and scenic views of nature are just what anyone needs to escape from the hustle-and-bustle that comes with city life. Those who come to Cara quickly find themselves escaping into their own little world, at the bottom of the garden, beckoning for a morning stroll around her shores – I spend about 30 minutes and it's very pleasant!

This charming cottage is a relic of Lake Daylesford's early history. Originally built in the 1800s, this tiny house still stands today as it has for hundreds of years despite its age and size. It is thought that the home was originally used to store supplies and became an overnight refuge for weary travellers who could not make their way over the historic bridge that would have taken them back across the lake at nightfall.

Today Cara is set amongst a number of historic and popular Daylesford accommodation villas and holiday homes, the proximity of The Boathouse Restaurant, is a “must visit” where you are sure to enjoy a gorgeous lunch or dinner overlooking the lake

The property is not wheelchair friendly and persons with accessibility needs may find difficulty accessing the bathroom/ensuites. The 1800's built cottage has 1 high step leading down to the ensuite in each room. Mosquitos can be an issue during summer as the property is by the lake. - Coils and mosquito repellent can be provided upon request prior to arrival.

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  • Wifi
  • Coffee Machine
  • Log Fire Place
  • Smart TV - Android TV
  • Streaming (Netflix)
  • BBQ

Bedroom 1 - 1 Queen Bed or 2 Single Beds
Bedroom 2 - 1 Queen Bed or 2 Single Beds


Bedding, Linen and Towels are supplied for the number of guests you have booked for. We ask that you use what you need, in an environmentally friendly manner. We provide additional towels for stays 5 nights and longer.

Beds each have a blanket and there are spare throw rugs/comforters in the lounge room.
Check in 3:00 pm
Check Out: 10:00 am
Checking In: Check in and check out is contactless with key collection at the property via lockbox. On the day of arrival we will send you the lockbox code usually within the hour before the check in time (or as soon as the property is ready.) Parking: Guests can park on the property in front of the house, the driveway is to the left of the house facing the front door. Locationb: Cara is just a minute or 2 drive from the centre of Daylesford, Guests will likely pass Lake Daylesford just before they arrive at the cottage (heading from town). A 10-minute walk along the lakes popular walking tracks (starting from the cottage) will have you arriving in the centre of Daylesford close to the popular retail outlets, beauty providers and local hospitality hot spots.
Please return the property to the same condition you found it
Dishes cleaned and returned to the cupboards/shelves
Furniture returned to original locations
Rubbish taken to the council bins. Please do not overfill the bins or leave rubbish on the grounds. get in touch with us if bins are full.
Check all rooms, drawers, cupboards and hide-e- holes for your items. We are unable to store lost property for guests.
Pets are allowed and require a 35/p pet fee.
Spa Bath should not be run with loose items such as rose petals, tea, glitter etc in the water.
Parties and events are not permitted without prior written approval, a damage deposit or event fee may be negotiated with guests.

Lockouts, lost keys and changes to bedding after cut off times may incur an additional fee.
More Info for Guests
  • The property is not wheelchair friendly and persons with accessibility needs may find difficulty accessing the bathroom/ensuite. The 1800's built cottage has 1 high step leading down to each ensuite from each bedroom.
  • We provide a firewood starter kit for guests - this includes enough kindling, wood, newspaper and fire starters to get the fire going. Please contact us at least a week prior to arrival to order additional wood for the fireplace for your stay. (wood can also be purchased from the local service stations)
  • Guests can choose to have either a Queen Bed or 2 single beds in each bedroom (a min of 2 separate queen beds or a max of 4 separate single beds in total). The property will be set up standard: with 2x Queen beds unless requested otherwise - please refer to house rules and our booking confirmation message to request bedding changes.
  • Keeping main doors closed after entering or exiting will reduce the impact from mosquitos which can be more an issue over summer - coils and mosquito repellent can be provided upon request prior to arrival.
  • Cara has had a recent Roof restoration but we want guests to know that metal roofs can echo noise from rain or birds etc. Some guests love this, and some do not.
  • If there is a Victorian government lockdown in place on your arrival date and you have a booking with a Free Cancellation period that has expired, as long as you have not checked in please request a date change or request a refund. Non-refundable bookings will remain non-refundable.
Our Cancellation and Booking Policy is available here LOCKDOWN PROVISIONS
  • If there is a Victorian lockdown in place on your arrival date and you have not yet checked in the primary guest may
    1.  Request a free change of date - new dates may result in a refund or additional fees depending on the dates selected - talk to us if the rate is higher and we will see what we can do.
    2. Request a refund if you did not book a non-refundable rate, so you can book again when you are ready
    3. Defer your booking without securing a new date for 4 weeks. We must have new dates within 4 weeks otherwise we will need to refund the booking.
  • Lockdown related refunds will be refunded minus any actual costs such as transaction fees and also a booking fee.  We encourage guests to request a move of their dates before their arrival date if possible
  • We can not refund or move dates for guests who cant travel due to Isolation or Quarantine requirements.
  • If a snap lockdown is announced close to your arrival date and you have not checked in, Don't panic, simply send an SMS or call us to advise that you are not checking in and would like to find out your options to move or cancel your booking.
  • If it is unclear if you can travel because restrictions are likely to change by your arrival date talk to us about moving your booking, or refund options.
  • Please note that we process refunds on the original arrival day as sometimes restrictions are lifted in time for you to still travel. But if you think you won't be able to travel, please let us know so that we can free the dates for someone who can - when your dates are booked by someone else we will refund you earlier.

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