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“Back to the past”
Review of Entally Estate

Entally Estate
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Hadspen
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Entally Estate was founded in 1819 by Thomas Haydock Reibey II, the first son of Thomas and Mary Reibey. Entally House is positioned within a landscape of manicured gardens, vinyards and historical outbuilding, including Australia's oldest Conservatory, Chapel, Stables and Carriage House. The Northern part of the Estate also contains a cricket ground. Tours of the property are available at a small fee. Please check the website for opening hours.
Devonport, Australia
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130 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Back to the past”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Old fashioned house with the interior as it was many years ago. You can imagine how the people lived in thise days

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Brisbane, Australia
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128 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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“Historic Property beautifully maintained”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

Entally House is a beautifully maintained Historic Homestead (by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service) set in delightful grounds and furnished in the period. Modest entry fee of $10 per adult, and a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours wandering throughout the house and grounds and outbuildings which comprise stables, rose gardens and much, much more. There is also a small room for tea/coffee & scones etc.

Picnic tables are provided in the grounds, plenty of parking (plus 'overflow parking) and very clean toilet facilities. Well worth a visit !

Visited April 2012
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Warwickshire, England
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190 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Surprisingly spacious and extensive property”
Reviewed October 29, 2009

Surprisingly spacious and extensive property, with governors wing, carriage stables, etc. Saturday and we were the only people there! (We are used to NT properties in the UK which tend to be crowded at weekends) Able to wander with no ropes anywhere (although furnishings not original). Agree with the previous very detailed review - well worth a short visit.

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Canberra, Australia
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561 reviews
282 attraction reviews
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“Lots to see - well worth an hour or two”
Reviewed August 28, 2009

We visited Entally House and the associated Estate mid week in early July. Entally Estate is just outside Hadspen, a few km from Launceston. It is well signposted from the main Devonport-Launceston highway. When we visited it was quiet – only one other car in the carpark and the people were looking at the outbuildings first, so we went to the house.
The House and associated estate are owned by the Tasmanian Government and managed by Gunns Ltd. The house is staffed by volunteer guides (well – only one on the day we were there). Tip - Ring the doorbell as the door is usually closed for security – it is prominently signed but apparently it is common for visitors not to read the sign & turn away thinking it must be closed. Cost is about $7 per adult to see inside the house but just wandering around the grounds seems to be free. No photography in the house allowed but OK in the grounds and other buildings.
Entally House and the associated Estate date from 1819 when Thomas Reibey, son of Mary Reibey (on the $20 note) settled here. The front part of the house dates from that period with the wings being of a later period. There can’t be many buildings in Australia that are older than this or better preserved. The house was home to the Reibey’s for about 100 years, including a Tasmanian State Premier. This is a BIG house, what you’d expect of a seriously privileged family who could aspire to rise to the top of state politics.
A significant proportion of the interior furnishings were owned by the Reibey’s but because they were acquired by several generations over a hundred years or so they are a bit eclectic. Part of the house was undergoing renovation while we were there so a few rooms weren’t furnished
Apart from the house there are several out-buildings (conservatory, stables, chapel, and sheds) arranged in large courtyards with associated stone and brick walls. There is a significant collection of farm machinery as well as several horse-drawn carriages. The grounds have significant lawns and numerous shade trees ideal for picnics etc.
This is a really interesting property well worth a look. We spent about an hour and a half here and even so felt like we rushed it.

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