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“Quamby; exceeding expectations”
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Quamby Estate
Ranked #1 of 2 Hagley B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Quamby; exceeding expectations”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

On a business trip recently I had the pleasure to stay at Quamby estate, and I write this now deeply surprised. Having stayed here years before under different ownership, I was impressed, very impressed in fact by the current state of Quamby, to the point that I feel others who may have stayed in the past should be aware that the Quamby of today is not the Quamby of before. My stay was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one I would repeat on my next trip.
As my commitments kept me away from the estate itself during the day I was unable to have a round on the newly renovated golf course, but (to a non-golfer it must be said) the course certainly looked inviting, nestled in the valley that Quamby is situated in. A picturesque setting, the surrounding grounds are a testament to the ground staff, complimented by the exquisite architecture that is the Quamby homestead and its adjacent buildings. I arrived down a fairy-tale driveway, with majestic trees (trees that one cannot find in tropical Brisbane) lining the road. I was greeted by a friendly member of staff who was personally engaging and offered me a tour of the homestead.
I was intrigued to see how the place had changed, if indeed it had. The difference, frankly, was striking. Upon entering one of the sitting rooms I was taken aback by the period antiques and tasteful décor that had replaced the ‘ikea’ like furnishings of my last visit. Indeed I would have been content to have spent my 3 days in those two rooms that seemed to belong to a different time. I was then shown the dining room which had been relocated from my last visit. Again the difference was a welcome surprise. The dining room is now complete with a grand chandelier and mesmerizing mirrors that are beautifully decorated. The room is not expansive but of a good size and complete with an open fireplace (one of many throughout the homestead) and a large bay window overlooking the picture book grounds. The dining room just fell short of perfection by a leopard spot couch under the window that seemed out of place. Finally, I was shown some of the individually decorated bedrooms. These rooms were as a collective, tastefully renovated. My room itself, like the others, mixed antique furniture with a marble bathroom that gave of a refined and elegant ambience.
Now the food. Dinner was a delightful and relaxing treat. The food had a rustic charm that seamlessly fitted in with the cold winter nights of Tasmania. The pistachio crusted Tasmanian lamb that I had on my last night was truly something special, along with a well chosen wine list that complemented the dishes on offer perfectly. Now while dinner left you wanting more and more (my compliments to Michael the chef – well done) breakfast was something that hasn’t changed since my last visit. My suite cost $343 a night and my continental breakfast (while adequate) was somewhat disappointing with that in mind. For me personally it wasn’t a big deal, I was out of there by 7 30 sharp each morning, but for travelers paying top dollar, one would not expect to have to ask for a cooked breakfast as an extra ($20 surcharge fee). In short, the culinary experience at Quamby is memorable and revolves around the main course that is dinner, breakfast is basic but for me of peripheral relevance.
Quamby has changed and is truly something special. I will be looking forward to enjoying it again when I make the trek down south.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Held function for 31 guests at Homestead venue.Event coordinator (Jo) orginised the lot (Menu,Seating, Menu,Drinks,Cake and table centrepieces.)First Class Jo.

Meals were great. Compliments to the Chef.

Service Staff made all guests feel at home and added to the evening. Special mention of Lucy (Service Staff) OUTSTANDING.

This function exceeded my expectation. Thank You

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank David G
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Brisbane, Australia
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67 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed here as part of a wedding and thought the property was lovely.

The staff were very nice and helpful. Our room was comfortable and clean.

However, the rooms are very noisy as they are not insulated very well from the hall ways and other people in the house. They should really look at insulating the room doors. If we were sharing the house with people we didn't know, it would be annoying cause we would be easily woken up.

Otherwise, lovely estate. Great golf course too!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shropshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2012

Attended a wedding here in March and I first have to admit that the friendly and helpful staff made this a very pleasant occasion. They could not do enough to make sure things went smoothly. It's a beautiful venue and the facilities are excellent for a special event. But I also stayed the night and, as a hotel, it fell well short of the standard I expected from such an expensive outfit. Our room was no less than $330 a night, and there were not even any facilities to make a cup of tea in the room. Breakfast ends at 9 a.m., which is not what I call relaxing after a late night at a wedding reception, and turned out to be a help-yourself continental affair in the hotel kitchen. May suit trekkers, but not jaded wedding guests. When I checked out, they wanted to make a 1.5% surcharge for using a credit card! Overall verdict - a brilliant location, excellent service, but overpriced and some noticeable gaps in facilities.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2012

My partner & I have just returned from celebrating our wedding at Quamby on the 25th Feb.

Quamby has recently been renovated & is under new ownership & the extra attention to detail is just shining through. We visiting several times before & after the renovations & its lovely to see Quamby being restored to it's former glory.

Our wedding was absolutely fantastic - a truly amazing day & I can't recommend Quamby highly enough as a wedding venue- but also as a beautiful place for a weekend break.

AS A BREAK:
Quamby is a beautiful old white 1830's building- a little bit "Gone with the Wind"ish. The website & the photos just don't do it justice.
It's surrounded by old trees & you can sit on the sandstone balcony & drink G&T's & watch the sunset.
We stayed in one of the deluxe rooms on the top floor- room 9 I think. We arrivied late but the staff were more than happy to serve us dinner (excellent) as well as cheese platters on the balcony. The room was lovely- consisting of a sitting room, bedroom & very large bathroom. We had a huge spa bath - great for a lazy champagne bath, the bed was large & comfortable & we had dessert ( a lemon tart so good I had it three times in one weekend ;-) delivered to our room.
To me- Quamby would probably work best as a romantic getaway or a bit of pampering after a wilderness trip in Tassie. It's quiet & romantic.

AS A WEDDING VENUE:
With that in mind - I hope you can imagine how lovely it was as a wedding venue.
We got married under a 150 year old tree, my dad walked me down the steps with the white homestead as backdrop , we had a great garden party, excellent catering & service at our reception & dancing afterwards.

Quamby appointed us a wedding co-ordinator- Jo Da Silva who really went above & beyond to help us. Planning a wedding from interstate ( we live in Melbourne) can sometimes be daunting & Jo was always quick to follow up & get back to us. We visited numerous times before the wedding for tastings & so on & we were both impressed with how on top of things she was. She also answered a rather embarassing amount of emails from me prior to the wedding- she was very patient!

We booked out the whole homestead ( 10 rooms) for our wedding party on the night of our wedding. Quamby arranged early check ins so we could all get ready on the day, they arranged early access to the reception areas, they helped us with decorations- they were calm & organised througout. I had friends from all over the world stay & they were all impressed with the rooms & the grounds.

Any small problems that did arise- fairly natural with a wedding- Quamby settled quickly & calmly.
Although we had quite a small wedding ( 60 people) it was quite DIY & details heavy & they really helped us stay on top of it without feeling stressed- I felt like we could just relax & enjoy the day & it all went just like clockwork.
I've received a follow up call from Quamby to check on how we felt about the wedding & great follow up service in returning lost items - for instance my IPOD which I was just too hungover to remember to pack ;-)

Happy to answer any PM's about this - espcially to any brides considering it as a venue. I work in travel ( & have done for over 8 years) & highly recommend Quamby.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2012

We stayed at in a "standard" room which turned out to be a large room converted into a bedroom plus bathroom. They had carved off a metre down one side and put up a glass wall between the toilet and the pillow (not soundproof at all and the lack of privacy was awkward). There was a more substantial wall between the shower and the bedroom, but in the morning the shower was stone cold. There was no one to tell about the lack of hot water in the shower as reception was manned by a mobile phone with an emergency number beside it! As it was not an emergency we had to leave without telling any staff. The previous night our pre-booked dinner was cancelled. They said that they had tried to contact us; however, the staff had not suggested or booked anywhere else to go and on New Year's Eve and kilometres from any other restaurant this mean we missed the memorable meal we were hoping for.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank LibAlex
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Melbourne Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2011

My wife and I recently took the 6-day hike of the overland track from Cradle Mountain to Lake Sk Clair in Tasmania. As the walk departed from the Quamby Estate we decided to book one night at the Quamby homestead "pre-walk" with another night at the conclusion of our trek. This turned out to be a perfect decision as the two nights perfectly "bookended" our trip! James and his team provided comfort, attention, and care to detail in making our stay PERFECT! Tom (the chef) provides a menu to intrigue and delight ones taste buds (AND appetite!) If anyone is planning to take the trip across the overland track I would recommend that you "bookend" your walk with a stay at Quamby Homestead.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Quamby Estate
Address: 1145 Westwood Rd, Hagley, Tasmania 7292, Australia
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Location: Australia > Tasmania > Hagley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Hagley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Quamby Estate 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quamby Estate is an iconic country manor situated on 150 acres of picture book landscape just 15 minutes on the Highway from Launceston in Tasmania's pristine and stunning Tamar Valley. A free shuttle service is available from the airport at selected times. This enchanting property is one of Tasmania's most prestigious and historically significant properties dating back to 1828 when it was the ancestral home of Tasmania's first-born Premier, Sir Richard Dry. Lovingly restored, Quamby Estate's charming Anglo-Indian designed architecture, period antiques and marble fireplaces combine modern luxuries to offer the complete country getaway. Extensive entertaining areas, a restaurant or private dining locations, library and a chef to showcase Tasmania's gourmet local produce will complete your Quamby experience. Quamby Estate's beautiful homestead features ten impeccably restored guestrooms and suites, luxuriously adorned with an eclectic collection of original art and antique furniture mixing the old and the new. Marble or stone bathrooms with heated floors and superior amenities, flat screen TV's, DVD players, complimentary continental breakfast, WiFi and in-house movies and heating units or fireplaces feature. Deluxe suites are also inclusive of spa baths. Quamby Estate boasts a tennis court, tree-lined laneways, hiking and bike trails, lakes and streams and an impeccably manicured golf course which Sir Richard Branson holds the Number 1 Membership. ... more   less 
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