If you are after a very peaceful stay in the Victorian country side, then a church stay could be the calling for you.
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are two of Victoria's most popular weekend destinations, but if you travel just 20 minutes down the road from Daylesford to Franklinford you will be well rewarded.
There, nestled in the foothills of Mt Franklin, Lesley McGill presides over her renovated 19th-century church. First constructed as a non-denominational church for the local farming community, it became a Presbyterian church with monthly services until 1996, when it was gutted by fire.
The church is perfect accommodation for a quiet weekend, a romantic getaway or a long break. Much of its original character has been successfully incorporated into the renovated building, with original pews and pulpit still there.
There are two mezzanine bedrooms, one queen and one double. The bathroom has a deep bath and the kitchen is fully equipped. At the right time of day you find yourself flooded with colour from the church's original leadlight rose window.
In winter months the fireplace is ready for your arrival, along with a stockpile of chopped wood. There will also be a breakfast hamper.
Franklinford Church is suitable for all sorts of escapes, romantic, family or as a charming base for exploring the local area, which has much to offer. Because of the building's excellent acoustics, musicians have stayed so they can hear their instruments in perfect surroundings.