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Tynwald Willow Bend Estate
Ranked #6 of 12 New Norfolk B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
136 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Lots of character but with a caveat”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

Staying at Tynwald is like living reality in a showcase 19th century National Trust mansion. The building and location are superb and full of architectural and historical interest. The rooms are very spacious with period furniture. The beds are very clean and comfortable, and there is a relaxation of the 19th century theme with electric blankets, flat screen TVs and mini-fridges in the rooms (even a wonderful valve wireless radio), Like most places in Tasmania though, the heating struggles on cold days due to the almost universal absence of central heating in houses and hotels in Tasmania, although our heater eventually got there after a couple of hours. The separate bathroom was a short distance away and quite chilly. The hosts, Garry and Pat were very friendly and the breakfast and evening meals were very memorable, though getting charged for bread (which we didn't order) we thought was a bit mean. Garry's sense of humour might not appeal to some and he appeared to be slightly inebriated when we arrived. The dining room and breakfast rooms are classic 19th century and a rare experience these days. Some negatives, the sitting room had a strong cigarette smell (possibly a guest) and the hallway had a musty smell and there's a general tardiness about the place, but hopefully this doesn't detract guests from an otherwise unique experience anywhere in Tasmania, if not Australia.

The house is some distance from the centre of New Norfolk, though some might argue that this isn't such a bad thing. Most of New Norfolk's heritage has been demolished (as opposed to places like Richmond, Pontville, Evandale, Oatlands and Battery Point). Only the church, a couple of pubs and some cottages (many in a derelict state) seem to have survived and there's a very low brow atmosphere in the town. The disused Willow Court asylum is closed off by security fences and the superb 19th century buildings are rapidly falling to bits, which is a great pity. The Oast House museum and restaurant right next door to Tynwald were also closed at the time of the visit.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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travelling aussie
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

We had a delightful overnight stay in this beautiful mansion. Our room was well appointed and comfortable. Our host, accommodating. We thought our private bathroom was "next door" but it was a little further than that - but ensuites with flushing toilets weren't the go when this home was built! Breakfast prepared by Garry was on the table in a flash - and just superb. The ambiance of the breakfast room was memorable. It was a pity we weren't there for dinner - maybe next time.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2012

We had a delightful one night stay here after a week travelling in a campervan. What a beautiful old house just full of antiques. Pat and Gary were charming hosts and dinner in their restaurant was excellent. Our room on the ground floor was charming and the bed so comfortable after a campervan! And the wifi access the best we had in Tassie. Before dinner drinks with the open fireplace in the sitting room was a must.
Breakfast in the country kitchen dining room with the old stone floors so good.
If you want modern furniture and fittings with little character go else where. Go to Tynwald house for a charming B & B experience and take in the history as well.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hobart
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2012

I was about to write a review when I saw the one from nigel - perhaps he was not at the same property or maybe he was under some delusion because everything he has written is totally incorrect. It is the most glorious old property with superb accomodation that is suited to the ambience of the era for which it is portrayed. My husband and I had a fab meal in the restaurant with both Pat and Gary making us so welcome. The next morning after a delightful evening complete with relaxing in our room with a spa, we were treated to a real country breakfast in the wonderful old room with flagstones on the floor and bouquets of dried lavender hanging from the mantle of the fireplace. If you want real old time service and hospitality this is the property to choose - just wonderful, Thank you Pat and Gary for making our visit so great.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2012

what happened to our internet access. no we were told by the "great", host garry, go to the town library.
no sign of the restaraunt being in operation and certainly no advice as to whether we would or could get a meal in it.
the place smelt really old and of decay.
no advice as to where the morning breakfast area might be.
don't know where the reviews on other sites came from but those people were definitley at another b and b.
also the host gary was inebriated the evening we stayed there.
breakfast was fine

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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launceston, tasmania
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Tynwald is set away from the main road in a secluded part of New Norfolk. It's geographical isolation adds to the sense of stepping into a different, historic world. The house is (obviously) old and if you're looking for all the modern 'comforts' you may be disappointed - some things appear a little faded and a lot of appliances were old. But they still worked and we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. It all added to the charm and we couldn't have asked for more. The bed was firm and comfortable, our room spacious, views from the verandah serene and beautiful. The bathroom down the hall was adequate... the bonus being that we didn't have to share because we were the only guests for our two night stay.

Dinner in the restaurant (for an additional cost) was amazing - if you've never tried ox tongue you really must. Just delicious. We ended up having three courses the food was so tempting.

Breakfast was a feast of home made goodness. The bircher muesli and preserved pears and quince (made by Pat I understand) were scrumptious... especially the pears!

The lounge was a quiet place to relax in, and with a fire lit, it was cosy and warm. We enjoyed chilling out there.

Pat and Garry provided lovely service, being friendly and informative and helpful. No request was too hard or too much for them, and their friendliness was complimented by Tommy the cat who was ever keen for a tummy tickle. They knew a lot about the history of the place and gave accurate advice about places to visit and travel times.

Tynwald isn't the kind of place we normally visit but we loved our stay there and have now returned home feeling very rested.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We recently enjoyed our third stay at Tynwald, the building and the authentic country house style is perfect. The hosts Pat and Gary make us ever so welcome, they even remember our names!!!! The meals are superb, breakfast is fine quality local food. The bedrooms take you back in time, and the lounge is a divine spot to enjoy a pre diner drink or a late evening glass of port. Everything at Tynwald is first class. Gary and Pat are marvelous hosts, this is true old english style bed and breakfast, We are looking forward to visiting gain next year, thank you Pat and Gary, the oatcakes are ace!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Tynwald Willow Bend Estate
Address: 1 Tynwald Rd, New Norfolk, Tasmania 7140, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > New Norfolk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in New Norfolk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tynwald Willow Bend Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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1830 Country mansion on the river Derwent. With a stone cottage 1822 Licensed restaurant. ... more   less 
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