The Lake House in Daylesford…

The following images are from a fairly recent winter weekend escape up to Daylesford, which is about  90 minutes from Melbourne, staying at the simply sublime Lake House. We both have long wished to visit and more importantly sample the legendary restaurant which is co-owned by chef Alla Wolf-Tasker and features a modern Australian cuisine showcasing the best produce from the region.

We booked a two night stay at the hotel which is located on Lake Daylesford, and which offers plenty of gentle local walking tracks around the Lake itself, venturing into the Wombat State Forest. The first night we ventured into the pretty town of Daylesford and sampled a local restaurant. The next day we awoke and after an excellent breakfast decided to take a long walk around the lake armed with our Canon cameras and a couple of lenses. There is something quite invigorating in wrapping up against the winter chill and walking through such beautiful scenery; the cold seems to heighten my sense of smell and very much evokes childhood memories of winter in the little English village that I grew up in…

The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The Lake House from across Lake Daylesford on a beautiful crisp winter day… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Simple panorama standing at the lake looking back to the hotel…our accommodation was off to the left – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The restaurant deck area during the day… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Our upstairs room (second from the right)… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014

For some reason I decided to leave my beloved 17mm TS-E at home, and instead decided to try and enjoy using my 16-35mm f2.8 L on this particular break (as well as a standard 24-105mm f4L zoom). Unfortunately I simply have never been particularly impressed with the 16-35 f2.8L and rarely (if ever) use it professionally. I love the focal range, however I just find that my particular copy is just too soft and mushy in the left hand corner; it is, according to Canon, ‘within the acceptable range’ however I will most definitely be investing in the new 16-35f4L IS as soon as I can get my hands on one. This new version is reputed to offer extremely good edge to edge sharpness at all focal ranges, with much better control over chromatic aberration.

Continuing our walk we came across this lovely bridge…

The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Another bridge encountered half way around the lake…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Checking the last image… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
‘Pier’ onto the lake…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Another panorama of the lake… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014

After our walk, we lazed around in the apartment reading and snoozing until it was time to head to the restaurant for our highly anticipated dinner. Naturally I could still not resist shooting a few night images while Mel relaxed, however I once again did not have my tripod with me, and so shot most of these images handheld using an ISO of 5000, which of course greatly increases the grain and softens the resulting photograph.

The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The view of the lake from our balcony.. © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Mel taking it easy before dinner… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Our apartment… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The deck at night… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Heading down to a highly anticipated meal… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The view into the restaurant from the outside deck… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

Over dinner I simply snapped a few images of our meal using the Canon Ixus 125 HS, little concerned with the image quality as by now I was in ‘Gastro Heaven!’

The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
A quite incredible starter…the waiter actually explained all the elements to me, however as usual I cannot remember exactly the components, only that it all worked together perfectly…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
An explosion of flavour in the main course…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
My dessert…I cannot remember what it was exactly, except that it was quite amazing…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The Lake House in Daylesford - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Mel’s dessert…taken with the Canon Ixus 125HS… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

The meal was perhaps one of he best I have had in a very long time, which considering the incredible quality and diversity of the restaurants that we are fortunate to have on our doorstep here in Melbourne is no mean feat. The Lake House itself is certainly not an inexpensive escape for a weekend, however I can recommend it without reservation and look forward to the time when we may return for another weekend of indulgence!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “The Lake House in Daylesford…

    1. HI Stephen, Thank you for your kind comments! Is the food worth the visit…? I would say most definitely, it really was a culinary feast; all the flavours and textures worked in perfect harmony, and the service was impeccable! Thank you for dropping by…

      Michael

  1. What a beautiful place, Michael 🙂

    I am sure you had a great time there.

    Only trouble is, as I scrolled down, the images of your dinner items strongly reminded me that I didn’t have my lunch 🙂

    Let me finish it fast and come back for a few posts from you, which I missed recently 🙂

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