We stayed here for two nights during a tour of Tasmania and it was definitely one of the best accommodations we booked. A little off the beaten track but worth taking the trouble to find. Separate cottages set on a slight rise, look out over the vineyard to the hills beyond and provide a relaxing, peaceful setting with no traffic noise at all. Sitting out on the verandah in the evening with a glass of wine you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the French countryside, not Tasmania!
The provincial French décor inside the cottage was a delightful change from the modern chocolate and beige décor in most motels or resorts. The extra decorator touches showed some originality in thinking and were really charming. Top marks for that!
The kitchen was well supplied with necessities if you wanted to whip up a French delicacy, even down to some interesting recipe books which I wish I’d had the time to peruse more thoroughly, food books being one of my weaknesses. There were even wine glasses of different sizes. Nice touch.
Several bottles of wine from the estate were provided for purchase but no cheese or olives which were on the mini bar list.
There were a couple of small negatives which I feel obliged to mention. On our first morning we decided to have a lazy start as we had spent the previous day walking around Port Arthur in the heat and were quite tired. As rain was forecast, we had planned no long trips for the day so thought we'd sleep in. However, we were woken before 8am by the sound of soft chatter right outside the window and discovered two immigrant workers pulling up the weeds and having what was probably a delightful conversation between themselves. They weren’t talking loudly, but it was enough to wake us. I feel they could have been asked not to work on the cottage gardens until after 10am when most people would have either checked out or left for the day.
The development of accommodation on the estate is clearly in its infancy stages and work is still being carried out on new cottages and the surrounding gardens. I understand that work has to be done and the workers, to their credit, were being as quiet as they could, but it did spoil what would have been a peaceful morning. I am sure that when development is all finished, it will be totally delightful and I would have no hesitation in returning next time I am in the area.
Highly recommended if you are looking for a particularly peaceful place to stay. Richmond is only about 10 minutes away and the pub there has good food at a good price. There were no other restaurants open the night we were there but we found this common in small country towns. Either that, or you are expected to eat around 6pm because by 8pm they're closed!
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