The Salon

The Salon



Created for large groups to enjoy

At St Claire, “feel like a royal” staying in a beautiful Country House. Join the dream and live in a private world amidst rural tranquility. St Claire is unique in that it is both grand and comfortable at the same time– it has been specially created as luxury large group accommodation to enable large groups to enjoy being together. You may be coming for a birthday celebration, a retreat, a family reunion or a wedding. All of these are special at St Claire.

There is a large enchanting Salon (the gathering space) which is like a French Conservatory filled with flowers. The dreamy interiors throughout the house are full of light, soft colours, rich fabrics, French furniture, gorgeous pictures and interesting objects. The wild romantic meadowy garden peeps through the windows, inviting you to go for a stroll amongst the plants and butterflies. Beyond the garden is the lusciously green North Lawn, beckoning you to play on it.

Drink champagne, listen to French music and have lunch at the long table. When the weather is fine go out and have fun playing time honoured games of cricket, croquet or petanque, interspersed with afternoon tea on the veranda.  If you must stay indoors, sink into the sofa, relax and read one of the fashionable coffee table books or play a board game.

If you are part of a working group, enjoy the light comfortable relaxed surroundings that encourage bonding, creativity and collaboration.

In the late afternoon you may be lucky enough to be visited by kangaroos and giant hares – all adding to the sense of delight.

In the evening, under the twinkling light of the chandeliers, enjoy cocktails followed by a special dinner cooked by a local chef. Then curl up in front of the fire (if it is that kind of weather) sipping a Baileys and chatting, followed by a game of charades accompanied by lots of laughter, or enjoy watching a special movie on the large screen.

Sleep well on the quality beds and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast the next morning. Then spend the day exploring the gardens, lakes, spas, walks, galleries and shops of the villages in the Daylesford Macedon Ranges region, eating in a trendy café or restaurant.

Come back to St Claire and enjoy a casual evening BBQ, looking out to Mount Macedon; and the cows under the gum trees contently chewing on the neighbouring farm.

Go home the next day feeling special – just like a royal; fully alive, fully connected to nature and your people, happily contented in your life.

Feedback from a group of creatives in the world of fashion

“St Claire Country House was absolutely perfect. We stayed there over two nights and three days and couldn't have been happier. Far more beautiful and grand than expected and run by the most helpful, caring and gracious hosts. Would recommend to anyone wanting a luxurious getaway or planning an event of any kind. Can’t wait to go back!”

Key details


St Claire sits on 24 acres amongst rolling countryside dotted with farm animals. It is only one hour from Melbourne. 

St Claire is a place for large groups to come together. There is accommodation for up to 22 people across 9 bedrooms, with a central Salon for gathering in. The Salon is for cooking, eating, relaxing, meeting and doing activities.

St Claire is for:

  • Luxury large group accommodation in Victoria

  • Retreat venue hire in Victoria

  • Family reunion accommodation in Victoria

  • An outdoor marquee wedding.

    French colonial style

The architecture of St Claire Country House is French Colonial in style, harking from where the French had colonies, such as the French Caribbean. The interiors are a modern interpretation of French Colonial style.

Orientation to the Country House

In the photo on the Welcome Page, the East Wing (bedrooms) is on the left, the Salon is in the middle, and the West Wing (bedrooms) is on the right. The Salon contains a large kitchen, a long dining table and a large lounge area. It is the gathering place for guests staying at St Claire and it is a venue for private functions and events for the public. 

Wild romantic meadowy garden

    The one acre garden of St Claire is in a dreamy wild romantic meadowy style; with flowering trees, perfumed roses and antique perennials doing their own thing, intertwining and running a little bit wild. The garden emulates those developed by Sarah Price of London - as seen in the international Gardens Illustrated magazine. (Sarah Price is an internationally renowned garden designer.) This new style is all the rage in England.

Un paradis fleuri

    Flowers are everywhere in the interiors and garden, forming a flowery paradise - un paradis fleuri. 



Trentham village

The village of Trentham is 5 minutes away. It has the Annie Smithers’ restaurant du Fermier, gastro pubs, trendy cafes and specialist shops. There is a long drop waterfall close by. 

More information about the French Colonial Style

The house is built as a compound, it has steep flanging roofs, verandas, French doors with shutters and tall chimneys. Inside there are 12 foot (3.6 metre) ceilings, oak floors, basket chandeliers, carved marble mantle pieces, gilded mirrors and French furniture. There are richly decorated interiors and soft colour is everywhere - just like in the French colonies.  

Luxury providers

    Upscale luxury providers have been used for the interiors of the Country House. These include Designers Guild of London (see Vogue Living magazine) and Sanderson for the wallpapers and curtains, Designer Chandelier and Designer Rugs. Some of the French furniture was custom made by Cote Maison of Sydney. Other French furniture came from Town and Country Style, Villa Maison, French and English, and La Maison. Mirrors are by Giltwood. Porters Paints were used. Furniture on the verandas is Vincent's Garden and Naturally Cane. Julian Ronchi Nursery supplied the pots.