Clifftop at Hepburn

Published on January 29, 2019

Clifftop at Hepburn – Evoking Tranquil Serenity.

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Opened in February 2016 by David and Mani Penman, Clifftop at Hepburn is a multi-award-winning series of luxury retreats located atop a precipice in the heart of the spa and wellness region of Hepburn Springs, just south of the beautiful Daylesford.
Winning awards across multiple categories including ‘design’, ‘romantic destination’ and the ‘people’s choice’ awards, the villas of Evoke, Serenity, and Tranquility are positioned on the edge of a dramatic drop with views of Breakneck Gorge. Each villa is fully self-contained and boasts two bedrooms, two en-suites, a fireplace, spa, daybed, kitchen, laundry, study area, and entertainment precinct. Guests can book for both short and long stays and children are welcome, a refreshing change for the region. These are a fantastic option for families or groups who would like a luxurious group getaway, with all the space they need to spread out and more. Each villa is uniquely styled and offers different things to entice would-be stayers ranging from top of the line massage chairs to rare pinball machines and gaming consoles. What they all share in common though is opulent styling and breath-taking views. There are balconies, decks and viewing platforms that offer private spaces to sit out and bask in the sun whilst sipping on complimentary champagne or gazing at the stars in the evening whilst rugged up with a fresh coffee made from your own private coffee machine.

If you are after a more romantic, secluded, ‘hotel style’ experience, why not try out one of the new, architectural Solitude shipping container retreats? Paying homage to the world’s most romantic cities, Solitude entices guests to lose themselves in an oasis of romantic seclusion. Paris, Venice, Rome, and Vienna which all opened around 3 months ago, will take your breath away. From the sheer glass floors with waterfall and rockpool views, floating infinity daybeds overhanging a spectacular precipice, plenty of uniquely intoxicating design and a ship-load of space-worthy technology including 75-inch TV’s, complete with all the streaming apps and a PS4 loaded with games for those who choose to stay the night in.

Clifftop at Hepburn is unique for many reasons. First and foremost, it is a family business. The brainchild of David Penman, an ex-Army Commando and Intelligence Officer and his wife Mani who has a background in finance and fitness, the retreat is run by them with the help of their daughters. David was adamant in the design of the retreats that they be unlike anything you have seen or can get at home. He says: “We want to offer our guests everything they don’t have at home… and nothing they do!”
There are a range of packages that can be added to your room, from food platters to romantic options for the ‘love-birds’ on anniversaries, honeymoons or for those who want to create a unique proposal. You can also organise delectable catering for your room from the wonderful Dele Foodstore.
Clifftop at Hepburn has to be seen to be believed. No words will do the luxurious destination justice. The views are unreal. The accommodation is as opulent and unique as it gets. You cannot dream of a more ideal location, in the heart of the world-renowned Hepburn Mineral Springs and just 5 minutes out of Daylesford, an ever-growing, charming and romantic getaway destination. It is definitely the kind of place that once you have visited, you will immediately start planning your next visit. You will need to book in advance as the retreat is extremely popular due to its uniqueness and affordability.

Michael Kent –
Theatre and Entertainment Editor

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