The beautiful energy-efficient Lodge was designed and built by the owners, using local timbers and sandstone for the floor. There are panoramic views from every room. Sean is a highly qualified naturalist, conservationist and ...wait for it... chef! So it is not just the wonderful accommodation on offer. There are a range of guided walks through the property's unique forest and delicious three course meals incorporating home grown vegetables. So go for the full experience if you possibly can.
We stayed one night and it was a most peaceful and relaxing experience. The location is beautiful, set in a green valley with views of the western tiers. Sean and Rosemary are friendly and make you feel very welcome. We chose to eat dinner at the lodge and the food was exceptional - tempura fish and vegetables, sourced from the garden. Breakfast was also exceptional - I have never eaten duck eggs before and they were delicious. Also, Sean makes a mean hot chocolate. Our room was lovely and comfortable and we slept very well in the peace and quiet. It was a really relaxing stay, with good company and I would definitely return.
Highlights of a special birthday weekend here with friends include: Unlimited hot water for baths No tv Comfortable, cosy beds Gourmet meals featuring local produce Surprise birthday cake Being allowed to bring our dog Talking with Rosemary and Sean and learning so much about the area and their lives Walking Warner’s Track Fishing in the stream Pots of tea Warm, inviting lodge Fresh duck eggs for breakfast Abundant bird and animal life Amazing scenery Thank you Rosemary and Sean for making our weekend away such a special experience … we would love to return!
Had an excellent 2 nights at ForestWalksLodge. Sean and Rosemary are excellent hosts. The food was also excellent, with Sean being a great cook, and most of the food either being grown in their own garden or being sourced very locally. The lodge is a very good working example of passive solar design. Very warm and stable temperature. Well worth the visit just to see and experience this. The guided botanical walk is a must do add on. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay
We had the most relaxing, enjoyable and rejuvenating "nature-based" stay at Forests Walks Lodge. Everything about it is authentic and organic. Amazing forests walks to see ancient giant trees, fern forests, and other natural wonders. Sean is the best host imaginable, a great cook and knowledgeable on the area's natural and cultural history. The views from our room were inspiring and peaceful.
We stayed 3 nights at the Lodge. Sean and Rosemary were wonderful hosts; the lodge is nestled on the edge of the forest in an amazing valley. Sean's cooking was superb - the evening meals were a highlight, especially the amazing deserts. The ambience around the Lodge is relaxing and enjoyable. During Covid the guest numbers are limited to family units and the two of us thoroughly enjoyed the lodge experience. On the last day it rained heavily and after returning to the Lodge and enjoying a pre dinner drink Sean pointed out a waterfall cascading down the western Tiers - only flows after heavy rain. Wonderful to sit with the fire and watch with the ducks running around and sheep grazing on the valley floor.
We had a lovely room where we could listed to the sound of a babbling brook as well as the contented sounds made by the free range ducks. Rosemary and Swan were lovely hosts. The guided walk was very interesting and the food, cooked by Sean, was excellent. We definitely recommend it. During COVID they are only accepting bookings from family units. Our unit was 2.
We have had a trip around Tasmania and this was our first stop. What a magical beginning. The location is beautiful amid wonderful forest and with the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife. Sean and Rosemary are most hospitable hosts, the lodge is immaculate and so comfortable, and Sean cooks delectable meals. We could not have wished for more. And then we had a really interesting guided walk in the forest which was marvellous. I am running out of superlatives....
We started our stay with Sean leading us on a guided hike. This was truly amazing feature of the Lodge. Sean took us through the history of the forest ecology on a walk that was all within a mile or two of the Lodge. We saw the repercussions of logging that had occurred 100 years earlier. We saw a Tassie rain forest which was tucked into a little seam in the hillside. We saw a massive Eucalyptus tree that was over 500 years old. The magic about each one of these sights/sites was that they were in the exact right spot. A few meters in any direction and the tree does exist through the next 200 year fire, or some other plants take over the environment and crowd out the rain forest. It is humbling to think about how fragile everything is when you are viewing across a 500 year timeline. The Lodge is nearly completely off the grid—they have fast Internet and they take outside natural gas for cooking, but they generate all the electricity by solar and water power. They have clean pure water off the mountain, and employ an environmentally sensitive septic system for waste. The décor is beautiful, if a little worn, to the point of making it feel more like a home than a boutique hotel. Hand woven blankets and throws are made by a local talent. The art is reflective of the local scenery. Our room was perfectly comfortable and inviting. After a hard day of hiking, we were treated to a hot bath in a tub big enough for two. The we were able to watch the sun descend on the valley outside our patio window. The finale to the day was a five star dinner prepared out of the Lodge kitchen. We are 2 vegetarians that have eaten well around the world. This meal will stand up to any served in Barcelona or Napa Valley or any culinary center you can conjure. Sean created a vegetarian meal that considered some of our interests and tasted fantastic. In addition to the flavor, every dish came with an origin story that was fascinating and added enjoyment.…
We can't say enough good things about Forest Walks. We were greeted warmly when we arrived and shown to our room, which was decorated with beautiful, hand-made art from Tasmanian artists (we saw more of the work in Deloraine, a great little town just up the road). Our first night was so quiet and comfortable, and the stars were gorgeous. The next morning we took a walk in the area and learned about the native forests from Sean, who has an incredible wealth of knowledge. We then chose from the many possible hikes nearby and headed to Meander Falls, which was stunning - as a bonus, it was snowing by the falls (bring extra layers, solid shoes, and poles!). That evening we chose the dinner option, which did not disappoint - we are both vegetarians, and were thrilled with the special meal that was expertly crafted for us, including fresh produce from the garden. Highly recommended all around!…