It is always wonderful when a magazine flips you are link to say “Hey, we’ve included you in our …..”
Some hotels have dedicated marketing teams with well cultivated media connections. Their diligence pays off.
But we have taken a slow approach, quietly offering the best Tasmanian unique luxury accommodation that we can. Quietly refining and getting better and better. Quietly letting journalists and agents ‘find’ us and become our brand champions.
On the banks of the river Derwent, amid elms and flower, sits a grand old house with tales to tell. Convict labour and £1000 saw it built in 1825 for the Constable of Elizabeth Town (now New Norfolk).
But these days The Woodbridge Tasmania is pure period luxury.
After a night in one of its luscious beds, I pull back the window shutters, letting sunlight and garden views flood in. And I’m reminded of a childhood dream to play lady of the manor.
You can very easily pretend you own the place. Guests are given free rein and the ‘hired help’ only appear when you need them.
It’s a house you don’t want to leave – why would you when you can cosy up by the fire in the drawing room while the pianola plays, retreat to the reading room, or sip a Derwent Valley pinot gris in the garden between dangling your feet in the river?
It was a real-life Escape to the Chateau story for owners John and Laurelle Grimley. They lovingly transformed what was a derelict house in 2003 into its current glory. In the process they won the HIA Australian Restoration of the Year in 2006.
It’s immaculate, oozing with original character and laced with art. The food – served in the Pavilion with its antique birdcage – is something to be savoured. Think pan seared local scallops with cauliflower puree, porcini tortellini, or maple-glazed baked ocean trout. Wines are sourced from the cellar (aka convict lock-up). It’s a taste of genteel country living and it’s a life I could get used to.
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