“From her kitchen window Alla can see the gabled roof of the old cottage and the now towering pines she planted with her mother.” – Sarah Harris, The Weekly Review

Photo credit: Michael Rayner

The lady of Lake House, Alla Wolf-Tasker, rarely has time to reflect upon its still, wide waters from her eyrie in the Daylesford hills.

It was only four years ago that Alla and husband Allan moved off-site from the stunning waterfront hotel and restaurant that has been her life’s work – Lake House – to one of the highest points in the spa town.

The real importance of the new house is it’s in the same street as the cottage her Russian immigrant parents bought when Alla was in her early teens.

“No one really wanted this block because it was an old mullock heap and we had some trouble with it because of the old mine shafts collapsing,” Lake House co-owner and culinary director says.

From her kitchen window Alla can see the gabled roof of the old cottage and the now towering pines she planted with her mother.

The living space is filled with beautiful objects and art from around the world.

“We are magpies, we collect wherever we go,” Alla says.

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ARTICLE BY SARAH HARRIS, THE WEEKLY REVIEW