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“Perfect for a Princess!”
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Villa Howden
Ranked #1 of 2 Howden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Palm Cove, Australia
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29 reviews
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“Perfect for a Princess!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Form the moment I arrived I felt like a special and pampered Princess at Villa Howden. The room was gorgeous, well appointed, fluffy towels, classy amenities, spacious and indulgent with its inclusive minibar and stunning water views. The bed was super comfy and i did love the teddy bear at turn down, he proved great company for the duration of my stay and was a cute "privacy sign" when I needed a nanna nap in the afternoons (to recover from the food and wine adventures of the Huon Valley*see below)!
Dinner in the restaurant was a highlight and I loved that the Chefs used local Tassie produce, the seafood was devine! Breakfast was delcious, but my absolute favourite was the High Tea, I am pretty fussy about High Tea and having recently experienced High Tea at the Dorchester in London, my expectations were sky high! Villa Howden did not dissapoint.....finger sandwiches with salmon, petit scones with homemade jams and delicate little cakes were all created and presented beautifully and there was plenty of Tasmanian champagne to complement!
The location is great, quite close to Hobart, but also close to the Huon Valley - which is well worth a visit. The drive is just lovely - think pretty scenery, charming little towns and food and wine adventures to be had.
The staff were amazing! VERY freindly, VERY attentive and VERY geniune.
I highly recommend Villa Howden as a luxury, boutique, stylish, friendly retreat!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I'm unable to properly convey just how fantastic our weekend stay was at Villa Howden. From the moment we drove in and were greeted in the car park, to a friendly conversation as we were leaving it was simply fantastic.
The building and surrounds are simply magnificent. All done with immaculate style. There are so many paces inside and outside to either immerse in the luxury, or just gaze at the spectacular vista. The open fire in the lounge was a great place to sip great coffee and discuss the events of the day.
Our room was truly superb(#7). Beautiful décor, comfortable, great views from balcony of the courtyard and bay.
Made good use of the indoor pool (had it to ourselves) to compensate for all the food/wine we consumed over the weekend. Really well laid out pool area, and great views of course.
The staff really added to the experience. Extremely friendly, but also seemed to know when you wanted your space. Gave great tips on restaurants, places to see, or even parking when off to Salamanca markets. It was clear to me they really enjoyed working there.
The food was fantastic. The baked mushrooms, salmon etc at breakfast were sublime. The dinner was magnificent.
If you want an upmarket , intimate weekend in Hobart in truly luxurious surrounds I can think of no better place - We will be back there

Room Tip: Higher floors will have best views across bay. Ask for bay views if available.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tasmania
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We recently stayed at Villa Howden. Not a special occasion, just thought it looked nice. We were not disappointed. The staff were exceptional, very welcoming even though they were run off their feet with high tea in progress! Our room was lovely with everything we needed. We will be back.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Had dinner with group of friends - they were so accommodating. the meal was sensational, sumptuous rooms and attentive but unobtrusive service. Very impressed. Will be back for sure! Have heard high tea is a great experience too...

  • Stayed July 2013
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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We recently stayed overnight at Villa Howden to celebrate a special occasion. The whole experience exceeded our expectations which were very high. Our room was beautifully decorated with a view over the nearby bay. While we were there we enjoyed an excellent dinner and breakfast made all the more memorable due to the wonderfully attentive staff. I can't really add to all the superlatives that other reviewers have already used before me. If you only can only splurge once in a blue moon this is the place to do it. You will have no regrets, only great memories and a strong desire to go back asap

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Our recent stay at Villa Howden was superb in every way. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, all of whom were friendly and professional. The rooms were beautiful and comfortable and extra little touches made us feel very special. The breakfast menu was wide and the dinner we enjoyed was very high quality. This was the highlight of our holiday in Tasmania.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Have just come back from the most amazing weekend at Villa Howden. The whole experience was above and beyond our expectations - from the friendly staff and their warm service to the impeccable attention to detail, everything about our stay was incredible. We stayed for two nights and didn't want to leave; compliments to the kitchen for the amazing food, kudos to the management for perfect balance of helpfulness without imposing and lastly, thank you to Chutney for making our experience feel like home. Hope to stay there again in the very near future !!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Howden
Address: 77 Howden Rd, Howden, Kingborough, Tasmania 7054, Australia
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Location: Australia > Tasmania > Greater Hobart > Kingborough > Howden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Howden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Howden 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Howden offers a range of ten luxury suites each of which is beautifully decorated with luxurious furnishings and antiques. Heated indoor pool, library, piano bar are all enjoyed by guests. The restaurant features the best of Tasmania's produce, served in intimate settings. The elegant Water View and Villa suites seamlessly blend with the breathtaking natural scenery. The Tower suite is a welcoming, unique retreat which provides panoramic views across the North West Bay. Just 15 minutes from Hobart, you can enjoy the peace and serenity of the pure Tasmanian wilderness around you from the comfort of your own private suite, most offering full length window balconies and enhanced with a selection of luxurious in-room amenities, including the latest Sony iPod Dock, complimentary Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machine. Your Stay at Villa Howden includes full breakfast, complimentary in-suite bar and luxurious Serendipity Australian made hotel cosmetics. Villa Howden restaurant is open for breakfast, weekend high-teas and dinner. ... more   less 
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