Just back from a wonderful stay at the only "Small Luxury Hotel" on Tasmania. When we first arrived at the hotel it was not quite what we expected being located not far from a bridge road over the lovely Derwent River and in a mixed Commercial/Residential area, but our expectations were boosted upon meeting owners John and Laurelle Grimley. They took our jet lagged troubles out of our hands and planned an amazing 3 day holiday for us that had us wanting to return for a week of adventure! They apparently know everyone there is to know locally and the mere mention of their name opens doors all over the island. We were given a tour of the fine hotel which was a lovely private home and immediately shown the intimate public spaces with a library, and 2 sitting rooms offering quiet respite overlooking the lovely river. The handy "honor" bar offers outstanding local selections of multiple bottles by the glass as well as spirits and beers to be enjoyed there or in your room. Wonderful travel books as well as an abundant selection of local travel info can be found while enjoying an evening cocktail or two! We treated ourselves to a wonderful arrival dinner in the highly rated in house restaurant which was beyond our expectations. The food was fresh, locally sourced and prepared perfectly and the wine list reasonably priced. John the owner acted as part time chef, host, travel guide and more! We liked it so much that we decide to stay in our last night and eat there again. The location is only about 30 min from Hobart, but night driving is not recommended for the faint of heart and it is so nice after a long day of hiking and exploring to retreat to comfort and luxury along with a home cooked meal and not to drive! The room was spacious and lovely with heated towel racks! The rear door opened to a sunning patio area w/ access to the Derwent shoreline and a lovely local walk about we took every morning. Breakfast in the solarium dining room was equally lovely. The location is close to local wineries, national forest hikes and so much more. A bit of indulgence for the well traveled and a treat for the locals as well as those who may have been to the wonderful island of Tasmania before. The overall feeling was like staying at the well appointed country home of a lovably eccentric aunt and uncle whom you cant wait to return to visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Woodbridge on the Derwent is a spectacular Heritage listed Small Luxury Hotel, on the banks of the Derwent River. Woodbridge has only nine luxury suites and rooms, and a maximum of 18 guests. Amenities include the Reading Boom, the Ballroom, riverfront Pavilion, sauna, hot-tub, complimentary bicycles and kayaks.The valley and the river provide walks, cycling, kayaking,fly fishing, wineries, cooking schools. Woodbridge offers personalised service, wonderful food and wine, and rich and luxurious rest and relaxation in one of Australia's oldest Grand Homes. Woodbridge is the only Five Star hotel in Tasmania ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woodbridge On The Derwent New Norfolk, Tasmania