Posted 15 Dec 17

Rustic Luxe Getaway: The Estate

In the gourmet-obsessed region of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range, the small township of Trentham has a rustic elegance that resonates in the village and the picture-book homes. With fine restaurants (with the likes of Annie Smithers at the helm), rainforests and landscaped gardens, it's really no surprise that this beautiful town became the backdrop for Lynda Gardener’s project The Estate.
Retaining the beauty of an original 1900s Federation house, Lynda has infused her personal style into the home, complete with heirlooms and things that she has collected over the years. As is the case with her other properties, The White House in Daylesford and The Apartment in St Kilda, Lynda’s layered and textured approach to styling instils an overwhelming sense of relaxation throughout the home.
Catering to up to six adults, the self-contained home comes complete with a gourmet kitchen and a large personal collection of vintage crockery, a bathroom with a deep-set claw tub, three bedrooms and a living area with a wood fire. The home extends out into a harvest garden of fresh herbs and a mini orchard which guests are encouraged to forage from. Adjacent to the house is a beautifully rustic barn that transforms into an events venue, used from time to time, by the local community to host floral and hand ceramic workshops.
Minutes away from Trentham town, guests can dine at Annie Smithers' restaurant Du Fermier (the waiting list is long so book ahead), wander along the Domino Trail or experience Trentham Falls. It’s a 15-minute drive to the more vibrant Daylesford, a town renowned for its day spa retreats, mineral springs, produce, wines and antiques. Guests can explore at their leisure then retreat to quiet laid-back Trentham and the homely surrounds of The Estate.
The Estate  17 Falls Road, Trentham Victoria  0416 032 111
Words by Margaret Quilter, Photography by Lisa Cohen