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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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Wilderness Wildlife Night Hide Experience

  A wilderness wildlife night hide is particularly good for seeing Tasmanian devils in their natural environment.   I met today with a couple of chaps whose passion for our native wildlife was impressive. Evidently they have been working in this field for many years but somehow I have only recently ‘discovered’ them.   As […]

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Tasmanian Colonial History in Boutique Hotel

    Tasmanian Colonial History was moulded by people like William and Thomas Roadknight.   The Woodbridge played an important part in Tasmania’s colonial history, and is one of Australia’s oldest houses.   It was built by William Roadknight in the early 1800’s and was completed in 1825. Therefore, it is nearly 200 years old. […]

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Tasmania’s Aurora Australis showing at The Woodbridge

  Tasmania’s Aurora Australis is magnificent. Seeing it gives one a huge buzz, no matter how often you see it.   It is surprising how many people are unaware of this Tasmanian phenomenon. They know about the Northern Lights but not about its Southern counterpart.   It is even more surprising when you consider that […]

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Pappardelle for Healthy Eating Grazing Menu

  Designing our new Healthy Eating Grazing Menu is such fun. And it is such a tasty undertaking. Every second daily meal is a taste test to decide what goes on the menu.   Ah, it is a hard job, but somebody has to do it!   Today we had Pappardelle for lunch. As we […]

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Meet our spirits free drinks menu

  I am always looking for spirits free drinks when I go out. I am always so disappointed. This week I went to a fabulous restaurant, and was delighted to have a choice of 3 alcohol free drinks. Additionally there was the usual soft drink options which all too often are the only alcohol free […]

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Come away to a Tasmanian Spring Getaway

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The Nightingale the movie came to the Woodbridge

  Back in 2016, the cast of The Nightingale the movie (2018) stayed at Woodbridge during filming. The film is set in colonial Tasmania and this scene was filmed largely in the Derwent Valley. It was  shot in the wilderness surrounding nearby Mount Field and in the isolated farmland in the hills behind us.   […]

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Tasmanian Distilleries Tour

Our Tasmanian Distilleries Tour, ‘The Spirit of the Derwent’, introduces guests to our fabulous local spirits. The development of the local Tasmanian food and wine scene has been quite something since we opened Woodbridge in 2007. Furthermore, the more recent addition of distilleries, whisky, gin and vodka, as well as artisan breweries, add a whole […]

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Experiential hotel in Tasmania has lots to offer

  Travellers now demand more than mere luxury accommodation. The usual luxury ‘must haves’ are now givens. Now, the stay has to be an experience in its own right. Everything, especially the views, have to be supremely instagramable. And the food and wine must be on trend and socially responsible, as well as delicious.   Every […]

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Reviews and Guest Feedback

I posted this image of snippets from our Guest Comments book on Instagram and Facebook today. Soon after, I was contacted by a lady who wrote one of the comments. She had obviously really loved to her Woodbridge stay, because is looking forward to coming back soon. Last week I posted an image of Woodbridge […]

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Heritage Listed Boutique Tasmanian Hotel

In deciding to reimagine and rebrand Woodbridge, many things had to be considered. All of them are interlocking. All of them effect each other. And all of them determine the direction of things to come. One has to consider all that was the best of Woodbridge on the Derwent, which one wishes to retain. Then […]

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Luxury Hotel Trends

I watch travel trends carefully and travel widely every year to keep abreast of changes. Besides, we love to travel, and I prefer to travel ‘well’. In recent years, luxury travel has simplified. Guests want more informality but without any diminishing of service standards. They just want it presented differently. Dining is the most noticeable […]

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Wedding Venue

Today I am meeting with a mainland Wedding Planner who specialises in small intimate weddings for her exclusive clientele. Because someone recommended Woodbridge to her,  she decided to come down from the mainland to see for herself. She loves Woodbridge, as we knew she would and she immediately starts planning options for her clients. “The […]

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Environmental Responsibility

I love being able to repurpose things. If you think of it, Woodbridge itself is a grand example of repurposing and recycling. After all, we restored and repurposed a derelict Georgian mansion and turned it into luxury accommodation.  And in doing this we recycled bricks and wood and architectural features. We also found various items […]

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Totally Instagramable

One of our staff sent this image of Woodbridge to me this week. The image caught the soft Autumn even light just perfectly. At this time of year, the light is different. It combines with the Autumn colour of the foliage, and results in some truly magical moments being captured. Our guests love capturing the […]

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Wine Experience

As the land starts to take on its distinctive colour, the Autumn harvests start. Of course the grapes for the next wine vintage are a big part of this in our valley. Recently  we visited one of our favourite local suppliers down the road to see them in action. This lovely vineyard, high on the […]

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Devil is in the detail

I remember the first time that I went to the Palace of the Lost City, in Sun City, South Africa. The detail in the creation of this fantasy hotel totally blew me away. The Palace is famous for its big wow factors and the overkill with which this extravagant creation bombards your senses. However, it […]

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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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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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