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“Country retreat close to town” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cleburne Homestead
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Country retreat close to town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

I thought I was driving into a place in Provence, France when I arrived at Cleburne Homestead. Beautiful stone buildings and cobbled courtyard greeted me. But inside the buildings it's all very modern and comfortable. The large dining table and open fire provides a warm and welcoming start to the day. Breakfast is delicious - stewed fruit and cereals, cold platter of cheese, meat, fish, olives, salad (very European) and, of course, toast and jams.
It is very close to MONA by car and you do need to hire a car. Reasonable rates at Cleburne and lots of animals on the property - alpacas, peacocks, geese, rabbits. I thought I was in the country but really the road is very close so it was easy to into Hobart and to all the fantastic Tassie spots further afield.

Room Tip: I like the Homestead because it's close to the dining room!!! The others are only a step across...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carole L
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Penelope A, Owner at Cleburne Homestead, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thanks for a beautifully written review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Hope you will stay with us again when next you visit MONA. Warm regards, Penelope and David.
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Brisbane
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37 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

My Husband and I recently stayed in the Cottage and I can only say positive things about our stay there. Penelope was a wonderful host and we ended up chatting over breakfast for several hours. The Cottage was everything we expected a mixture of that unique Tasmanian Historical quaintness and yet was still clean and modern. Lovely sheets and the roaring fire was awesome. Thankyou Penelope for a really special stay and we would happily return next visit.

Room Tip: We loved the Cottage though all the other buildings are very pretty.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Penelope A, Owner at Cleburne Homestead, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you so much for a great review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I certainly enjoyed your company and hearing your stories. Warm regards, Penelope..
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Mermaid Waters, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

I just want to say that this place it is really nice to stay!!!!! I went with my husband and my parents. We stay in the cottage, it is really good place for a couple with 1 or 2 children, because they do not have two queens beds there; However, my husband and I did not mind staying in single beds because the house and the people there were awesome with us. The cottage was really clean and have a fireplace which is fixed every day, so you do not have to worry about the wood ;). Again thank you very much for giving us a wonderful time ;)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Juliana A
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Penelope A, Owner at Cleburne Homestead, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Hi Juliana, thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope your parents have had a terrific holiday exploring the rest of Australia with you. Warm regards, Penelope and David.
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed in the old Stable at Cleburne which is very rustic and charming - even the horse feed troughs remain! The old stone walls and floors are amazing, however I felt a little claustrophobic as the room and bathroom are very limited in space - there is one small window. We tried keeping the stable door open, however the traffic noise was off putting as the property is surrounded by a freeway. Given this, we went into Hobart for dinner which is only a short 15 minutes or so drive. If you are interested in MONA, then Cleburne is approximately a 5 minute drive away.
When we returned from dinner to retire, a cold draft was coming in from under the stable door as the stone flooring is uneven, but I guess this is to be expected from a building of its age.
The main Cleburne Homestead retains all its charm and characterists of its day. We were served a pleasant breakfast in the dining room. The host, Penelope, was friendly and accommodating.
Cleburne Homestead is located on several acres containing farm animals and gives a country feeling, but as it is encircled by a highway (as the buildings were spared demolition) and to me, it felt a little odd.

Room Tip: The Stable is close to the highway so if you are a light sleeper, then perhaps stay in one of the ot...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Opal1269
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Penelope A, Owner at Cleburne Homestead, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you so much for a great review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I certainly enjoyed your company and hearing your stories. Warm regards, Penelope..
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Geelong, Australia
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41 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Stayed for two nights as family (2 adult, 1 little boy) in 'The Barn'. We were very lucky to have squeezed in over the Valentine's Day weekend but we were very glad we did. The Homestead is encircled by the main hwy which concerned me a bit initially regarding traffic noise but, in fact, it is a fantastic oasis and the hwy really makes no impact at all. Our little boy's eye's nearly shot out of his head as we pulled in and he saw the alpacas and geese and David (our host, along with Penelope) was gracious enough to ask him to 'help' feed them on the two mornings we were there. Penelope did the same for the kittens which he is still talking about! The Barn was perfect for the three of us for two nights although more than that would have started to get a bit cramped. Breakfast was great and the location was perfect to access Hobart, MONA and Port Arthur. One of the best little holidays we've had!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Penelope A, Owner at Cleburne Homestead, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We did enjoy meeting you. Cheers, Penelope and David.
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Melbourne
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Stayed here for two nights on the recommendation of friends. Loved this place. Seemed to compliment our visit to Mona well as I enjoyed viewing the art in our room and also in the shared spaces. Our rooms were great - white washed walls with some great art. Comfy bed, good quality linen, large bath etc. Enjoyed hanging out in the gardens with the geese, alpacas and peacocks. Terrific breakfast and lovely conversation with Penelope and David. Was initially concerned about traffic noise however this didn't bother me at all. Highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Canofworms
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Tura Beach
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

Penelope and David were wonderful hosts and our four days at Cleburne Homestead were a highlight of our two weeks in Tasmania.The gourmet breakfasts and Penelope's efficient and friendly service could not be faulted.
The suites were just lovely.
We were two couples and all agreed Cleburne can be highly recommended.
Barry Stevens

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Barry S
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Property: Cleburne Homestead
Address: 1036 East Derwent Hwy | Risdon Cove, Risdon, Clarence, Tasmania 7017, Australia
Phone Number:
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Greater Hobart > Clarence > Risdon
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Risdon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Cleburne Homestead 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cleburne is a fascinating and luxurious art hotel located at Hobart, Tasmania. We offer bed and breakfast accommodation in heritage-listed sandstone buildings. The art hotel is furnished with contemporary Tasmanian and Australian artworks. With the fusion of new and old, Cleburne Homestead is one of the most earliest original heritage accommodation in Tasmania.We are the perfect spot to stay during your explorations of different beautiful places in Southern Tasmania. Our art hotel is a five minutes drive to MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art and fifteen minutes drive to Hobart's Constitution and Salamanca Place. Cleburne Homestead lets you experience art with our modern art collections embellished in every room.Cleburne Homestead is a place for comfort and relaxation. We have complete facilities for your satisfaction. You can choose from our five delightful suites: The Cottage, The Bakehouse, The Homestead, The Barn and The Stables. The Cottage is a two-storey suite with a queen-size bed and fully equipped kitchen. The Bakehouse has a free-standing bath furnished with Tasmanian art. Our Homestead is perfect for morning coffee and has private access to the Reading Room. You can enjoy the cosy atmosphere of The Barn and The Stables with its stone walls and leather furniture. Our two day beds can accommodate additional guests and children. Enjoy our delectable foods in our dining room or the verandah. Cleburne Homestead gives you the best bed and breakfast accommodation experience that you will never forget.Cleburne Homestead gladly accepts singles, couples and children and pets by arrangement. We take pride to our genuine hospitality and finest bed and breakfast accommodation. We are accredited with the Tourism Council of Tasmania and registered with GALTA. What are you waiting for? Spend a lovely time and enjoy the delights of Cleburne Homestead! Make your bookings now! ... more   less 
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