Acres of Roses
New Zealand born Floral Artisan Sandy McKinley and Melbournian Rob Roy, Trentham’s own Bob the Builder, are founders and custodians of Acre of Roses.
Sandy and Rob’s story is one of deep friendship rooted in their mutual Celtic heritage blossoming into an enduring partnership via a series of serendipitous events and connections that lead them to where they are today.
Sandy left her career as a marketer to pursue her childhood passion for flowers when she moved next door to a renowned and newly retired florist who trained and mentored Sandy to open her own floral studio where she created a successful business growing her own peonies and crafting events and weddings in the region. When the opportunity to purchase 1,000 mature heritage rose bushes arose Sandy & Rob grasped at it to fulfil their vision.
Rob, experienced in restoring historic homes and no slouch in the floral arrangement department himself, set about renovating their cosy Miner’s Cottage with the same tenacity he applied many years earlier breaking in horses. He says it’s been kind of the same thing. Hard work but incredibly rewarding to see raw beauty realise its potential.
“Our vision was to create somewhere comfortable and beautiful where our guests could relax, reconnect with their senses and pause to smell the roses.”
Being a working flower farm your concierges Sandy and Rob live separately on site. They are very discreet and will ensure your stay is as private as you wish.
They look forward to welcoming you to Acre of Roses.
Ithaca House Daylesford
1 Smith St, Daylesford VIC 3460