Catriona goes trout fishing.
Cooking up the trout.
Tuki Trout Farm.
The Victorian countryside awaits for the ultimate relaxing escape of fresh air, green pastures and, of course, a spot of fishing.
Stoney Rises is a 485-hectare property dating back to the 1850s, and was once used just for sheep grazing. Robert Jones has lived there all his life and, with his wife Jan and two sons, runs Tuki Trout Farm, as well as still keeping some sheep.
As you enter the two-kilometre driveway that winds through the paddocks, you will probably be tempted to stop and admire the sweeping views across the Loddon-Campaste Valley. You can see across about 100km of beautiful Victorian countryside.
Robert built ponds to utilise the natural springs, and they are beautifully landscaped with willows, oaks and elms. There are eight ponds and a lake open to visitors, and other "growing out" ponds where trout are reared.
In 1993, the Joneses opened their first cottage. Now, there are seven six built from stone, and the other is a restored heritage miner's cottage that was one of the farm's original buildings.
Each cottage is self-contained, and the stone houses have views across the valley. All have open fires, and five of them have a corner spa.
Six people can be comfortably accommodated in the miner's cottage, and the stone cottages have been designed as a romantic getaway for two. They are cosy and welcoming.
Of course, you can visit the Joneses, buy your trout and be on your way, but if you really want to have some fun, you should stay and catch your own. Rods, nets and bait can be hired, and you must buy the fish you catch. There is no limit to the number you catch just whatever you think you can eat.
The 150-year-old stable is now the Tuki Restaurant. It has tables in the horse stalls and a large open fire. They can seat around 70 people and are open for lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea. The house specialty is homemade smoked trout paté and a smoked trout platter. They will fillet and cook your catch for you if you wish.
If you venture the 15 minutes into Daylesford, the closest town to Stoney Rises, you will see some very interesting reminders of the gold rush days. There is a welcoming country pub that serves dinner on weekends, and a good selection of quality restaurants.