I’ve had a fair bit of *stuff* going on in the past few months, above and beyond the kind of day to day dramas that we all experience. While I post happy facebook status updates and continue to flit about town in my heels holding a champagne glass, the happenings behind closed doors have stressed me out quite a bit, so a night away in Daylesford with Little Miss Melbourne was a very welcome escape, and timely.
Frangos Frangos is located up one end of the Daylesford Main St, and I had always thought it was just a restaurant and retail store, but no, hidden behind the facade (which would not look out of place in Italy or France) is a gorgeous boutique hotel with twelve beautifully fitted out rooms. Checking in with the general manager, Bernard, was a delight, as he showed us to Room 5 – Rouge – named for its red feature wall.
With a bathroom bigger than my entire apartment (and a tub to die for!) the hotel room was comfortable, and lovingly fitted out. Mirrors, shutters and glass doors made the intimate space appear much larger, and a mini bar with the essentials (Veuve!) was well stocked.
A drink with Bernard in the sitting room before dinner was reminiscent of cocktail hour. The room is opulent, with a magnificent balcony and furniture not out of place in a 1920s film. Chaise lounges and antique sidetables are bathed in sunshine and a mere sip of champagne takes you away.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff (calling a taxi, recommending somewhere to eat) and they’ll greet you by name if you see them in the street. Breakfast at the adjoining KouKla cafe the following morning was delicious, and a welcome start to the day. So good in fact, that we came back for lunch after hearing that they served the best pizza in town.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Daylesford, but this experience was truly one that is a step up from just renting a house. I’d also suggest Frangos Frangos would be divine for an intimate wedding, with a delicious courtyard out the back, and the facilities (a restaurant and bar) that would easily accommodate events with style and grace.
82 Vincent Street
Daylesford VIC 3460