This is a lovely property set amidst a gorgeous valley. It's run by a couple, Peta and Alec, who seem to have thought of everything.
My 3 kids (ages 9, 8 and 6) fell in love with the place, and didn't want to leave. I didn't either.
We stayed for 2 nights. On our arrival, Peta dropped off an enormous loaf of bread she'd just baked for us - it was still warm. Having gauged our breakfast preferences before we arrived, she had also stocked the fridge with scrumptious local bacon, and near the cooktop sat a half dozen eggs laid by Peta's chooks. There were also a number of breakfast cereals for the kids, and two jars of magnificent jams Peta had made (Peta - do you ship them to Melbourne? I miss them!). Such thoughtfulness and care - I've never experienced anything quite like it.
Have a look at the photos, and don't expect modernist decor. The place is done up in a way that suits its country location - quaint and lovely. Everything was immaculate and comfortable, and so quiet it's hard to believe you're only 15 minutes from downtown Hobart.
I asked Peta for a recommendation for dinner with the kids, and she put me on to Nate's, just 5 minutes' drive away. Warm, lovely service and excellent food at very reasonable prices, set in a nicely informal dining area. They had great options for the kids, and were very accommodating of my picky trio.
The kids and I loved watching the wallabies come out for a wander in the early evenings. My daughter had a wonderful time helping Peta collect eggs from the chooks. We all slept well - very comfortable all round.
As another reviewer noted, the kitchen is extremely small. It has only a hotplate rather than a proper stove. But it's workable, and the barbecue out back is an outstanding alternative.
I would come back in a heartbeat and hope we get the chance to. It's perfect for family or as a romantic getaway. There is only one unit; it's part of a duplex, the other half of which is Peta and Alec's home. So you really feel like you've gotten away from it all.
One last thought: do try a bottle of the pinot produced from Peta and Alec's vines, called Devil of a Red. It's delicious, and worth the $25 asking price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cornwall Cottage has 2 large bedrooms, one QS and one twin, large lounge, small kitchen, full bathroom, separate toilet, a shared laundry and is fully self contained. There are magnificent views across the Coal River Valley to Barilla Bay. A private BBQ area is available for guests use and there is a selection of games, books and DVDs, a large digital TV, DVD player and a CD player. The Hobart CBD is a 15 minute drive and the airport is a 10 minute drive. It is an ideal base to explore all the attractions in the south such as MONA Museum, Port Arthur, Mount Wellington, Tahune Airwalk, Salamanca Market, and the Huon Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cornwall Cottage Bed & Breakfast Cambridge, Tasmania, Australia