Bohemia is a funky sixties shack perched on the top of a 3.5 acre block above the mineral springs of Daylesford. It is set back from the quiet no through lane, only a ten minute bush walk to the lake and the famous Lakehouse restaurant, and 2 kilometres to the main street of Daylesford with its wonderful mix of great food and shopping. It is arguably the best position in town if you are after peace tranquility and views.
Pete Goodlet, landscape designer & artist, and his partner David Gale have created a magical escape with an eclectic blend of comfort, views, art and whimsy. The home features Pete’s artwork, repurposed furniture pieces and lots of lovely vintage and retro pieces.
The living area focuses on the wood burning fire in front of a homemade limewash wall, in a stunning pistachio tone (Pete’s secret recipe of lime and stone pigments), well you could focus on the fire if the couches weren’t quite so comfy and the expansive views so extremely distracting! And that is if you can drag yourself off one of the three decks, that take in every aspect of the views, garden and the abundant native bird life with occasional visits from koalas and echidnas.
Splash some water into the large concrete and pebble birdbaths (once again designed and made by Pete – is there no end to this man’s talents!) and enjoy a visual and aural spectacular as blue wrens, finches, silver eyes, magpies and gang gang cockatoos jockey for a splash. The hardest choice you will have to make is which deck offers the best views to enjoy your sunset G&T. Guests have been known to migrate from one to the other. The sunset birdsong chorus is a joy to behold.
The two queen sized bedrooms offer comfort, views, plenty of books and original artworks. The central bathroom offers a deep cast iron bath to provide a lovely soak. The spacious all white kitchen comes with everything you need for a fabulous holiday including dishwasher and freestanding stainless gas cooker, but once again the views through the windows and french doors may be too big a distraction for cooking.
Bohemia is a step back in time to a simpler age when a skillion shack was the epitome of a relaxed Australian holiday. The quiet, unassuming ambience of this creative home will soon lull you into holiday mode. It is on my list when I next head to Daylesford! You can see more and book here and find Pete’s artwork here