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“Sui generis and fantastic” 5 of 5 stars
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Brockley Estate
160 Brockley Road, Buckland, Tasmania 7190, Australia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Rochester NY
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155 reviews 155 reviews
64 hotel reviews
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“Sui generis and fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Unique unto itself, this place earns 6 stars from us. Remote wilderness location, historic tastefully restored property and caring owners made for a very special stay. Dinner was simple, tasty with fresh local ingredients. Nice wine list with an emphasis on local Pinot Noir. We especially enjoyed the long walks and an early morning run on the many paths within the property. Our bed was comfortable and the room absolutely stone quiet at night. A bit of rain on the tin roof made our evening especially nice. You must visit this place, just under an hour scenic drive from downtown Hobert.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Tacoma WA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Part of the appeal is the remoteness of this large estate and the historic reminders of a bygone era. We walked the remnants of the old convict road and enjoyed the charms of a building that must have many stories to tell. We rented the Marble Room, which was spacious and comfortable and nicely decorated with antiques. Loved the dinner option and meeting our fellow travelers in the house over the communal dinner and breakfast table. I would have loved to see a bench in the grassy area above the fence (behind the house) to sit and enjoy the views.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Brockley is a 100-year-old house, beautifully restored and elegantly decorated, run by a husband and wife team. They are charming and professional. Their food is excellent. For the optional dinner we had oysters, a cold tomato-based soup (not gazpacho), chicken paella and creme brûlée, accompanied by a fine local pinot noir. We later finished the wine while star gazing on a cloudless night. Their bread, and breakfast jams and marmalade, are all homemade. Simply put, it's a great place

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Me and my partner stayed here for a nightly stopover as we are making along the way of the east coast of Tasmania.

We drove in at night but even then it was clear this place got it right, no pretense here just a beautifuly presented property, our room was very well appointed, and showed a clear understanding and sense of how to create a space which feels homely and doesn't take away from the historic character of the place. (The " personal touch " is present everywhere)

We had dinner which was a communal affair with other travellers, in the sitting dining room, with all the food being freshly prepared, assorted and well sourced ingredients, fresh baked bread, good choice of spirits and wines and a very attentative owner keen to tender to any of your wished any you may have and keeping your glass always full, haven't encountered surch a level of service yet in any restaurant I have been to in Australia, so well done.

Breakfast in the morning was just as good, warm fresh bread, and cafe style lattes. I am sure if you spend some more time here one would not be disappointed, this place would serve well as a base to explore the surrounding region even as far as port Arthur and return to it. We will certainly return one day and will forever recommend this place to all of our friends and family.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I organized a trip to Tasmania for myself, my husband and my in-laws and I chose Brockley simply based on the tripadvisor reviews. We were not disappointed - it was well worth going out of our way for. We only wish we had arrived a few hours early to enjoy the grounds but we went for a nice walk after dinner. My father-in-law had a big grin on his face all night - it was his kinda place: homey, historic, funky, with great wine, great food, and great company.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed three nights at Brockley Estate and loved it. Beautifully and tastefully restored, the rooms and facilities are excellent. We were made to feel very welcome by our hosts, Julian and Chaxi. Nothing was too much trouble. Their menu with the Spanish twist was wonderful; the best food experience we have had for a long time. Fresh, delicious and prepared while you sample the fine range of very good local wines. We must mention breakfast - let's just say it will set you up for a big day of activity!! The old convict coach road is well worth a walk, it does get quite steep in parts, but don't worry, your hosts will supply a great lunch to appreciate on the way. The house contains some beautiful books to look through, and they are presented very well in the drawing room, a lovely space to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a read about some of Australia's history. Thoroughly recommended, we hope to revisit.

Room Tip: All were excellent and had an ensuite. The ground floor rooms were especially comfortable.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

If you are looking for some luxury and good food then don't miss Brockley estate. The homestead has been beautifully restored and Julian and Chaxi are gracious hosts. Chaxi makes wonderful Spanish food using local ingredients and served with wine from the region. Breakfast is included in the room rate but dinner is extra but very good value for 3 courses.
The estate is a good base from which to visit Maria Island. Freycinet national park and the surrounding wineries are about an hour's drive north.

Room Tip: The "best" room was excellent.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 160 Brockley Road, Buckland, Tasmania 7190, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Buckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Buckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Time spent at Brockley Estate is an experience entirely different from what you expect in conventional so-called ‘colonial’ accommodation.The 170-year-old sandstone and convict brick homestead blends seamlessly into its traditional Tasmanian landscape surroundings, with generous verandahs, ancient English trees and hawthorn hedges stretching down to the wide Prosser River.Inside, mellow antique furniture, textiles, pictures and ceramics exude an atmosphere of effortless elegance and good taste that would be almost impossible to replicate in a purely commercial context.With food and wine of a quality rarely encountered in a private house anywhere in Australia, this is genuine colonial country life as it really was and, one hopes, always will be if you know where to look.Now that you are indeed in the know, why not come and share it with us? ... more   less 
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