51, Stanbridge Street, DAYLESFORD, VIC 3460
“Holyrood House c1864”
An icon of distinction having graced the historic Daylesford landscape for over 150 years, “Holyrood House” c1864 is the crowning jewel of early Victorian architecture, magnificently positioned within breathtaking landscaped surroundings in the heart of town.
Admirably named the ‘Duchess of Duke Street’ by locals, this exquisite property was the first home in Daylesford to obtain electricity and is now a beautifully restored landmark residence that assumes pride of place amidst a captivating garden setting. Displaying a spectacular blend of exquisite original elegance and inspired designer style, it retains many of its original features and ornate detailing, with sympathetic additions and updates undertaken in 1908 and again in 2016 by renowned period-home architect Stephen Davis.
Its remarkable history and undeniable beauty are matched by the landscaped botanical gardens, with handmade brick paths, a golden elm, a copper beech tree, date palms and Cyprus hedging all dating back to the early 1900s. A seasonal display of apple trees, tulips, hyacinth, and irises are complemented by a cast-iron fountain, statues, and c1880 ceramic English urns, earning it the name ‘The Secret Garden of Daylesford’.
Exuding country living at its most sophisticated, Holyrood House provides an irreplaceable setting of elegance and versatility, achieving a balance of formal grandeur and relaxed living through its unprecedented scale and thoughtful design. High ornate ceilings, Baltic pine floors and original fireplaces adorn the interior, relishing a traditional layout with six bedroom suites (all with bathrooms), beautifully decorated with carefully chosen wallpaper, Federation influences and original period details.
Undeniable grandeur within, the reception rooms incorporate a chef’s kitchen with coffered ceilings, butler’s pantry and Falcon dual-fuel ‘Elan’ stove, equipped for grand-scale dining or intimate gatherings adorned with French silk drapery and a Eureka wood burner. There’s also a myriad of multi-generational living options or boutique holiday stays, supplemented by separate servants’ quarters with a kitchenette, commercial laundry, and dressing room.
Beautifully appointed, the home includes an under-house three-room cellar with an original bread oven, split system heating/cooling, hydronic heating with Victorian-inspired panels in the main hallway, an original gatehouse, and a wide verandah perfect for relaxed entertaining. Holyrood House is an exclusive opportunity to be a part of Daylesford’s rich history, conveniently located only a 90 minute drive from Melbourne and is only a short stroll from Daylesford’s many restaurants, galleries, cafes, and the celebrated lake precinct.