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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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Luxury Tasmanian Getaways – planning post Covid

    Luxury Tasmanian Getaways are likely to be very much in demand very soon. People are feeling restless. They want to break out. Everyone needs a change of four walls. We dream of a change of scenery. People want to indulge.   They yearn to get away, but they also want to feel safe. […]

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Coronavirus closes Tasmanian borders

  Coronavirus closes Tasmanian borders – this was a highly-supported move by our government, but we knew there’d be huge consequences.   As it turns out, other states have followed suit, and now even regions, like the Douglas Shire are also closing ‘borders’.   Tourism businesses everywhere are shuddering. They are scrambling to minimise damage, […]

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Best Tasmanian Hotel Accommodation – by reviews?

  When searching for the best Tasmanian hotel accommodation, we tend to look at reviews. But I frequently challenge review integrity. There are lots of dodgy dealing happening out there with 5 star reviews.   And at the other end of the scale, some people are so unrealistic in their expectations.   We are currently […]

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Best accommodation Hobart surrounds

    What defines the best accommodation Hobart Surrounds?   The answer to that varies as often as the person answering it. Everyone has a different idea. And yet, somehow, accommodation providers are supposed to be able to know and supply the elusive ‘it’ for every preference.   I should say, at the outset, that, […]

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Romantic Escape in Hobart Surrounds – only choice!

  This week we welcomed back guests who had last stayed with us 4 years ago. It was their anniversary. Elena said, “As we were looking for a romantic escape in Hobart or nearby, there was really only one choice. We just couldn’t wait to come back to The Woodbridge!”   It is wonderful how […]

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Luxury Lodge or Boutique Hobart Hotel?

  A guest recently pondered the question, Luxury Lodge or Boutique Hobart Hotel?   Is The Woodbridge a Luxury Lodge or a Boutique Hotel? Either way he concluded that it is “damn fine accommodation!” We always describe Woodbridge as:”Less an hotel, and more like being given the keys to a friend’s country mansion”. Inclusive of […]

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Easter Luxury Escape Hobart surrounds

  For years I watched the series Country House Party on TV, and of course, I am a Downton Abbey tragic. Even Poirot and Ms Marples seem to attend back to back Country House Parties.   The atmosphere at The Woodbridge is always lovely. There is a ‘feel’ to The Woodbridge, and our staff are […]

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Best Hotel Accommodation Hobart Surrounds

  The beautiful Derwent Valley has been the playground for Hobart for generations. Just as Melbourne has the Yarra Valley, Perth the Swan and San Francisco the Napa, Hobart has the Derwent Valley.   In colonial times, locals travelled up the Derwent by river steamers. As the road links were improved, motoring trips became the […]

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Best Accommodation Hobart Dark Mofo

  Perhaps the best accommodation for Hobart Dark Mofo is a little out of town. This year The Woodbridge plans a Country House Party for the duration of the festival.   Situated on the Derwent River, The Woodbridge is just 15 minutes from MONA, and 25 minutes from Hobart CBD. It is is ideally situated to […]

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Best hotel near Hobart for Exclusive Use

  “Our clients want the best hotel near Hobart that we can acquire, “ said the voice on the end of the phone. This agent was acting one behalf of a gentleman who wanted an Exclusive Use of The Woodbridge to entertain  a group of friends. The friends were arriving from various places around the […]

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Luxury Private Hotel near Hobart

  Our luxury private hotel near Hobart had a rather surprising incident recently. A lady became quite offended that she was not able to wander into the property for a ‘look around’.   We explained that The Woodbridge respects its guests’ right to peaceful, private enjoyment. Therefore Woodbridge is accessible only to in-house guests.   […]

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Taste of Tasmania all year round

  Taste of Tasmania need not be restricted to that hectic first week in January.   This taste adventure offers some of the best food, wine and spirits that Tasmania has to offer. And it will introduce you to some of Tasmania’s best kept taste secrets as well.   The beautiful 1825 heritage-listed The Woodbridge […]

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Best Hobart Hotels and Restaurants

  Best Hobart hotels and restaurants naturally implies the best of everything that Tasmania has to offer. Gourmet food and premium wine has made Tassie famous. Our pure water creates top shelf whiskies, gins, vodkas, rums and ales. As a result, there is a burgeoning distillery and micro-brewery industry.   However, would it surprise you […]

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Luxury Holidays Tasmania in the 1930s

  Luxury holidays in Tasmania is not a new concept.   It is true that, for a long time, Tasmania had a reputation as a cheap travel destination. Camper vans were the most common holidays. Back packing was also popular. Accommodation was basic, mainly country pubs, camp sites and bed and breakfasts.   Recently Tasmania […]

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Best Tasmanian Boutique Hotels Experience

    Introducing the epic Derwent Descent Package     This best Tasmanian boutique hotels experience is just 30 minutes drive from Hobart. The Derwent Descent is a luxury experience near Hobart, Tasmania. A soft-adventure guided kayak trip transfers guests from one luxury hotel to the next.   This is a private and exclusive experience, […]

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Boutique Tea – Luxury Hotel near Hobart

  Enjoying a boutique tea in a luxury hotel near Hobart may not be why most people come to Tasmania. Yet it is, in many ways, part of the history of Tasmania.   The tea ceremony was part of the typical English colonial history of which Tasmania was a part. And Woodbridge would have seen its […]

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Tasmanian historic hotel garden

  Tasmanian Historic Hotel garden includes an ancient elm almost 9 stories high.   Our Tasmanian historic hotel garden has an elm that is almost 200 years old.   It is a magnificent tree. In summer it provides glorious shade. Its Autumn colour is a joy to behold. But I love it most of all […]

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Riverside Luxury Accommodation Hobart

  Guests love this riverside luxury accommodation near Hobart. There is something about sitting riverside sipping on a cup of tea, or wine, gazing over the water.   That is what we were doing this afternoon. We call it ‘working’ and that was indeed what we were doing today. We sat there in the late […]

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Tasmanian Restoration – luxury hotel in Historic House

  It is not every day that someone reimagines an historic house restoration as a luxury Tasmanian hotel.   Captain Roadknight constructed Woodbridge in the early 1800’s and it was completed in 1825.   To understand the building, one first must understand the building techniques of the time.   Convicts built Woodbridge using handmade low-fired […]

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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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