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Day by Day in our Luxury Tasmanian Hotel

 

Running Woodbridge is not a walk in the park.

 

I have been, and continue to be, an avid fan of The Duchess of Duke Street and Upstairs, Downstairs and Pride & Prejudice and Country House Party and now, of course, Downton Abbey.  Yes, I am a ‘tragic’!

 

But I am also a realist, and so Fawlty Towers is Hospitality Training 101 for all staff.

I often say that running Woodbridge is a bit of a mix of all of the above, hopefully, less of the later, although we do have our moments!

Our Blog is a glimpse behind the scenes of the day to day running of Woodbridge.

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My Savvy Traveller article about the Derwent Valley

Great article By Anabel Dean about the Derwent Valley… http://www.mysavvytraveller.co/savvysleeping/2019/3/9/tasmanias-derwent-valley-one-of-the-most-beautiful-valleys-in-the-world

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Refurbishment

Our new colour scheme for the bedrooms is coming together nicely, and most of the elements are now in place or under way. We have combined shades of aubergine with yellows and bronzes to compliment the tones of the original blackwood and Tasmanian oak floors. Further ‘warmth’ is being introduced to the bedroom furniture through elements […]

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Experiences

Tasmania by Helicopter

Guest recently arrived at Woodbridge after flying all the way from Western Australia by helicopter. We joked that they must have just been hankering for a quick getaway break! They very kindly asked John if he and I would be free to fly around the state with them, acting as their guide. It was a […]

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Tasmanian Weather

It doesn’t matter what the weather, Woodbridge is a stunner. We have had weeks of record breaking heat, and she has sparkled in the sun. We had bushfires 2 weeks ago, and she looked unbelievably amazing in the red sunsets caused by the smoke. This weekend, thankfully, the rains came, and she looks mysterious and […]

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Luxury Hospitality

When I stay at a basic hotel, all I really want is a clean bed and a hot shower. But when I stay at a luxury or boutique hotel, I want to feel ‘cherished’. John and I can list off the special hotels that have left a true hospitality impression on us, and they are […]

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A Peachy Luxury Hotel

The garden entrance to Woodbridge’s reception  via the peach tree, which canopies overhead. When we water, we have to give just the right amount of water to encourage the fruit growth, and not too much so that the fruit are sweet and tasty. We wrap aluminium foil around the trunk of the tree to stop […]

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Tassie Fire Alerts

Thank you to the many people who have contacted to check that we and Woodbridge are safe. All good, as we are about an hour and a half away from the fire fronts. Yesterday the valley had a lot of smoke, as there were strong winds from the north. Today the wind direction has changed […]

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Hot Days Cool River

I often have to hold back a chuckle when discussing Tasmanian weather with potential guests. I do warn them that Tassie weather is mercurial. We do try to give value for money down here, and there can be 3 seasons in a day, so we advise that guests bring light layers to add or remove […]

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Georgian Architecture

I tend to be a minimalist at heart, and the definition of elegance as “less is more” has always rung true for me. So it is no surprise that I prefer the simplicity of Gerogian architecture and design to the fussiness of the Victorian era. Georgian architecture is all about subtle colour and symmetry, and […]

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Deliciously dining

Nothing smells quite as good as fresh baking. I can remember a top Real Esate agent once telling me that he always had fresh coffee brewing and cakes or bread baking when ever he had a ‘home open’. And that is what I am smelling now, fresh chocolate fondants in the oven ready for dinner at […]

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Kayaking with Platypus

Last night was a delightful balmy summer’s evening, just right for travelling down the Derwent River in search of Platypus. I was a bit apprehensive as I am not very fit, I am not very agile, and I am no spring chicken! And …. I have gammy knees which means I need help getting down […]

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Finding Lewis

When we were restoring Woodbridge we uncovered many wonderful details of the house, but by far my favourite memory was finding Lewis. I was quite pedantic about saving everything that we uncovered, even to the extent of telling the tradies to pick up every handmade nail that they saw in the dust and rubble. And […]

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Historic New Norfolk

It doesn’t matter how often I recount the story of how New Norfolk got its name, it never ceases to delight me that we are living in part of Tasmania’s, indeed Australia’ s history. New Norfolk is one of the oldest towns in Australia. It pre-dates Port Arthur and was originally know as Elizabeth Town, […]

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Tasmanian Premium Wines

Guests love that we have a great selection of difficult-to-source premium Tasmanian wines from small, boutique wineries in our valley. John loves his wines. He loves sourcing great wines from our valley. And he especially loves it when they are from very small vinyards where the farmer is passionate about his wine, and the whole […]

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It’s an ill wind

Tasmania always has lush growth in the weeks leading up to Christmas. There continues to be moisture in the ground, supplemented by periodic rainfall. Add the warmth of summer to this, and Tasmania experiences an explosion of vegetation. Then, as the summer heat continues and intensifies, this undergrowth dries out …. and you have the […]

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Food

Yeah, it’s cherry season

It is no exageration to say that I look forward to cherry season all year. Sometimes, out of season, I give in to my passion, and buy cherries that have been shipped here all the way from USA, and then feel guilty about the carbon footprint of shipping fruit from the USA. Cherries are certainly […]

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The Talented Greg Duncan

We first met Greg Duncan in 2003 when we came to Tasmania (on the holiday that would change our lives). Greg had a workshop and outlet at Salamanca, and was working in both metal and wood. I think that, at the time, he was better known for his bronzes and quirky metal pieces such as […]

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Fun & Games

When we are in our busy day to day patterns, we seldom think to take the time to play games. To relax we either go to sleep, turn on the TV (and fall asleep), read a book (and fall asleep) or get onto our devices. I must say that my brother’s family is an exception, […]

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Relaxed Riverfront Dining charm journalists

Relaxed dining overlooking the river   We have the pleasure of hosting many interesting people at Woodbridge.   It is always gratifying when these people express their delight in Woodbridge, and for all our guests, one of the favourite rooms is the riverfront dining Pavilion.   Recently, a group of respected journalists from several prestigious […]

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Our Romantic Garden has a beautiful story

Remembering Dean   Our gardens are a constant source of pleasure to guests and staff alike.   They are also a source of pleasure and pride for a local family.   We met Dean when we were restoring Woodbridge. He ran a garden cleanup business, and we engaged him to remove some of the dead […]

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We’ll have your hire car ready for you

Just add wheels!   We are delighted to have partnered with our preferred carhire company to offer this service to our guests.   We can arrange for your standard or prestige hire car to be waiting at the airport, or at Woodbridge should you prefer to transfer by road, helicopter or seaplane.  

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Raffles in Tasmania?

A little bit of Raffles in Tasmania   I have always loved going to Raffles in Singapore. Oh, I know that there are now more impressive, bling and wow hotels, but for me, Raffles retains its air of history, refined travel, elegance and comfort, a perfect recipe for the aaah factor.   So no surprises […]

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If you give a choice of two…

If there is a choice of two main courses, it is almost inevitable that one person will choose one, and the partner the other. That way, they can get to taste both, as is usually the case with our guests sharing their meals amongst oohs and aahs.   Last night’s guests were no exception, one […]

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Guests are loving the Electric Bikes

How can one make the perfect even moreso?   The esplanade at New Norfolk has always been a place of beauty and a source of great pleasure, not only for us in the 15 years that we have been here, but also for the locals going back almost 2 centuries. And when we walk or […]

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