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AU Traveller's feature on Hazeldene

Around an hour northeast of Melbourne, hidden in bushland along the edges of a trout-filled lake, lies one of the most astonishing private homes available for rent. You’ll need to bring your extended family to even come close to filling Hazeldene, though, with its eight grand bedrooms, ten bathrooms, swimming pool, outdoor spa, BBQ area, open fires, balconies and decking, twin lounge areas – and of course its professional standard kitchen for keeping everyone nicely fed and happy. Once you’re on the property and handed the keys, it’s all yours, including the diverse walking trails throughout the forest, use of the tennis courts, and unparalleled access to all the gourmet delights of one of Australia’s premier wine regions, the Yarra Valley.

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Just an hour from Melbourne, Hazeldene Yarra Valley is the Yarra Valley's newest and arguably the most exclusive way to escape for a weekend or holiday with friends and family.

Set amongst 130 acres of pristine bushland and overlooking a trout filled lake, Hazeldene is a luxury private residence that can host up to sixteen guests in peaceful seclusion.

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This sprawling property - that becomes yours for the duration of your stay - offers a slice of life of the "rich and famous" with its own tennis court, heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, sprawling outdoor deck and sleek furnished living and dining areas. You can even arrive via helicopter, landing at the property's own helipad.

Matched by a commercial kitchen, "residents" can cook up a storm after a day sourcing the valley's gourmet provisions or use the services of Hazeldene's preferred caterers. Additionally nearby wineries can make special deliveries from their cellar door straight to Hazeldene in time for your stay.

Ideal for a group of friends and family, this very smart self-contained accommodation provides eight guest rooms - all feature private ensuite facilities, king sized beds as well as access to a sweeping outdoor balcony with picturesque views across the lake and native forest.

Even if you choose to fill the house with guests, Hazeldene offers plenty of space to find a quiet place of your own. There are two large lounge areas with open fires, a sunny deck, lovers seats by the lake or simply "get lost" in the myriad of bushwalking trails on the property.

You can retreat to Hazeldene for just a weekend or a week. With the Yarra Valley's famous wineries, restaurants, galleries, gourmet produce stores, golf courses and spas at your doorstep to explore, you may want to stay longer.

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