We stayed at Hawley House because I prefer to book period accommodation whenever possible. I enjoyed the opportunity to mix with other guests at drinks, and the evening meal was excellent.
I rarely find the small quirks or the occasional inconvenience associated with heritage accommodation a problem. However, I feel that this accommodation needs improved maintenance to warrant the high price. The stable room was dusty and in need of a thorough spring clean to remove thick dust on some fittings and soft furnishings, and to clean edges and corners of floors. Only the bathroom window could be opened; there was no screen in the other window (which was thick with cobwebs).
The spa bath was a good size, but the shower curtain so thick that showering took place in the half dark. The power point was badly positioned so that the cord for the hairdryer was not long enough to reach the mirror. There were no tissues but the staff quickly obliged when asked.
The television reception was so poor on all channels that we gave up using it. Noise travelled from the neighbouring rooms and stairwell; heavy snoring was clearly audible from an adjacent room.
The garden is attractive and unusual. The creeper on the stables is beautiful, but cracks in stonework boxes they are growing in detract from it. The lawn edges desperately need attention to prevent the kikuyu grass rampaging into the lovely garden beds.
This accommodation could be outstanding with a some more work and attention to detail.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hawley House (c.1878) offers heritage accommodation in a spectacular seaside location overlooking sandy beaches, set amongst 400 acres of gardens, vineyards and wildlife sanctuary. Hawley unashamedly embraces the patina created by her 130 year history, and the idiosyncrasies of being a family home, not least of which is her unique rooftop bath. Guest rooms feature original artworks and antique furnishings. Centrally located and easily accessible to Devonport, Launceston and Cradle Mountain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawley House Devonport, Tasmania