What's On in the region

 

The delights of Trentham

An advantage of staying at St Claire Country House is that you can walk to the small local pub in the middle of the countryside – the Pig and Whistle at East Trentham. It has Irish origins and really good food at a reasonable cost. (There is live Irish music once a month.)

Five minutes away by car is the village of Trentham with its trendy cafes, including Red Beard Bakery, The Trentham Collective, Chaplin’s and Wild Thyme; there are two gastro pubs which have won awards (The Cosmopolitan, with its beautiful beer garden, and The Plough); and the highly regarded restaurant of Annie Smithers, called du Fermier (The French Farmhouse).

The other attractions of Trentham include specialist shops, the Trentham Farmers Market, the Trentham Golf Course, bush walks (Wombat Trail and Domino Rail Trail), the Trentham Falls and The Garden of St Erth.

10 minutes on from Trentham is the Radio Springs Hotel at Lyonville. The Cosmopolitan and the Radio Springs feature live music, generally of the folk and Irish variety, from Fridays to Sundays.

 

Spend a week here

It would be possible to base yourselves at St Claire Country House for a week long break and visit a different area, with their spas, galleries, gardens, walks, restaurants, theatres and specialist shops, each day. Another option is to stay four to five days mid-week to take advantage of the discounted rates.

St Claire Country House is the perfect base from which to explore the region. 
There are key attractions in the nearby towns:

 

 

15 to 30 minutes away

Blackwood
Garden of St Erth  |  Frogmore Gardens

Lyonville
Cooking masterclasses with Annie Smithers

Spargo Creek
Workshops and events with Natasha Morgan of Oak  
 and Monkey Puzzle

Daylesford
shopping  |  the lake  |  spa
 the botanic gardens  |  eateries
cinema  |  hot air balloon flights
cooking classes

Malmsbury
botanic gardens  |  café

Hepburn Springs
the bath house  |  spas
the mineral springs reserve  |  Lavandula
eateries  |  live shows

 Kyneton
Piper Street shopping and eateries
the botanic gardens
shows in the Town Hall
cooking classes  |  floristry classes

 Woodend
pretty village  |  shopping, eateries
a lovely walk  |  floristry classes

Mount Macedon
gardens (Duneira, Tieve Tara, Forest Glade, Bolobeck)
and walks

 

 

 

45 minutes and 1 hour away

Castlemaine
shopping  |  eateries
art gallery  |  botanic garden
retro cinema

Bendigo
art gallery  |  shopping
theatres  |  parks
heritage

Ballarat
art gallery  |  shopping
theatre  |  parks
heritage |  Sovereign Hill


There are also a range of festivals on in this region throughout the year.