A house. On a hill. With a view.
With incredible views to Hanging Rock, SkyHouse Mount Macedon is what everyone imagines the perfect country house to be: two storeys of self-contained indulgence for up to six people.
Life at SkyHouse Mount Macedon
This is self-contained country accommodation at its best. The house is yours for as long as you choose; most necessities are provided including lavish bedding, pantry essentials, games, books, CDs, DVDs, kitchen equipment to cook up a storm, LCD TV and Blu-Ray DVD (it’s a PlayStation too!) and a gas-fired barbie to enjoy evenings outdoors. All you have to do is scour the area for the region’s famous food and wine provisions.
Here’s a quick rundown on what you’ll find at SkyHouse Mount Macedon.
We have two bedrooms upstairs and they are similar in size and feel. Choose from a distinctly French-Provincial style bedroom or one with modern zing and a “Mr Curly” bed. Naturally, both have a fluffy doona, pure wool blanket, loads of pillows and storage space. They also both have soaring cathedral ceilings and large picture windows framing the outside bush.
Fall asleep to the sounds of mopokes calling in the night, then wake to sun streaming through the gum trees. We also have an intimate little sunroom upstairs with its own wisteria-draped balcony, outdoor setting and a terrific view across to Hanging Rock.
Downstairs is our third bedroom, which is great for kids, extra guests or non stair-climbers. With its two single beds and easy bathroom access, the emphasis of this room is more on cuteness than romance, and takes the total bed space up to six.
Lounge and dining
Open plan living is relaxed and casual, but dripping with SkyHouse style. Comfy couches and armchairs are surrounded by picture windows, the polished floorboards glow with warmth, and the wood-fired heater is perfect for those crisp mountain winter nights (or there’s air conditioning for when summer warms up). Electronic entertainment is provided by hi-def LCD TV, PlayStation 3 (BYO your favourite games) with Blu-Ray DVD player and a stereo with iPod dock. The dining table (seats eight) is a few steps from the kitchen and seriously tempts cooks to whip up a feast.
Is there a kitchen in the Macedon region with a better view? SkyHouse’s open plan kitchen overlooks the wisteria-clad verandah, and then onwards to Hanging Rock. Timber benchtops and country cupboards combine with gas cooktop and dishwasher to make your stay nourishing as well as relaxing. Pantry basics are provided and, of course, all the tools and cookware you will need.
There’s a clawfoot bath with a BIG showerhead, toilet in a separate room and enough space to dolly-up before heading out for a day at the wineries, or a night at any number of great local restaurants.
Two verandahs face the view or the garden and there’s a gas BBQ for outdoor cooks. Choose your own dining locations for breakfast, lunch and dinner – the sunny table in the garden or the shaded verandah setting? And we have lots of lovely sunny and shady spots in the garden, not to mention extensive rock walls (the background feature of our website).
Mini Sport Oval
Want to try the SkyHouse Mount Macedon version of Sundowners? Grab a bottle of wine and head down to the mini sports oval for a game of pétanque while the sun sets over Hanging Rock and the cockatoos shout encouragement from above.
Wildlife at SkyHouse Mount Macedon
Mount Macedon is a regional park clothed in native forest but also home to quite a number of human residents drawn by the peace and beauty. That means they co-exist happily with the local fauna, of which there is plenty.
It is not unusual to see the quiet, almost meditative wallabies on bush tracks, while at night you might get a tank-like wombat wandering past. There are also echidnas and koalas, the occasional eastern grey kangaroo seeking sanctuary from nearby farming land and at night you might spot various possums, bats and other smaller nocturnal mammals.
Birds are also very happy with the abundant bushland and budding ornithologists can spend an hour or two on SkyHouse’s verandahs counting and listing local species flitting in and out of the bushes and flowerbeds – we even have binoculars and bird guides to get you started. There are plenty of crimson rosellas, kookaburras and cockatoos, plus treecreepers, wattle birds, honey eaters and more. In the morning, Edgar Allan (a glossy black currawong that seems to have adopted us) will most likely tap politely on the kitchen window looking for breakfast.
Macedon Ranges (near Woodend)
SkyHouse is only 50 minutes from Melbourne, yet secluded in a tranquil bushland setting. Close by is Woodend (which features fabulous cafes, restaurants, shops and two great pubs), the village of Mount Macedon and the mystical Hanging Rock. 15 minutes away is Kyneton with its two one-hat restaurants. There are numerous cellar doors within an easy drive and lots of lovely bushwalks from SkyHouse itself.
Guests will have full run of the house, with 3 beautiful bedrooms and a lovely bathroom with old fashioned claw foot bath. The kitchen is well appointed with all basic pantry items supplied
Interaction with guests
There is no interaction from the host with guests, as the house is fully self contained and rented out as such
We would expect guests to treat the house with the respect they would their own. Pets are allowed at SkyHouse and there is a closed off area of the garden for a dog