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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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The old peach tree is promising a tasty summer

Guests at Woodbridge on the Derwent love our peach trees   The old peach tree at Woodbridge is covered with blooms, which means that we should have another bumper crop this summer. As they leave breakfast in The Pavilion, or as they return from a walk along the esplanade, guests love picking a ripe juicy […]

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The new decor is looking good

Woodbridge on the Derwent room makeovers   Really liking the way the rooms are coming together with the new silk cushions and throws. Looking forward to the arrival of the new floor rugs which are being made for us in Sardinia … they are hand knotted and will mirror the colour and knotting on the […]

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Not a bad bathroom view!

Every room in Woodbridge has amazing views   Every room in Woodbridge has amazing river views and this bathroom is no exception.   And even more special is the fact that in this bathroom, in The Sharland Room, because of the way the room is positioned, you can safely enjoy this view while you are […]

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Seaplane is back at Woodbridge

Seaplane comes back to Woodbridge on the Derwent   This was worth getting up early for this morning!   We are delighted that the seaplane is back in operation and will again be coming to visit us at Woodbridge. Once again, our guests will be able to arrive in style or head off sight-seeing via […]

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A fragrant welcome

Guests get a fragrant welcome at Woodbridge   Guests arriving at Woodbridge walk through the herb garden to Reception. Could anything be more welcoming?   Not only does Chef gather fresh herbs for dinner, but also we use the herbs for posies for our dining tables.  

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It’s a hard job but…

Eat is an important part of ‘Eat, Drink, Be merry!’   At this time of year, as we ramp up for the new season, it is time to review menus.   Some dishes we would be reticent to drop. Some guests contact to check that we are still serving one thing or the other. But […]

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When you just get up for a coffee…

When you just get up for a cuppa …..   A guest recently sent this image to me. She wrote:   “I was a bit jet lagged and got up early to make a cup of coffee on the machine in my room. I popped the pod into the machine and while I waited for […]

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Agrarian Kitchen moving even closer

The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School is moving   We have always felt blessed that Rodney Dunn and Severine Demarat came to stay at Woodbridge back in 2008. In fact, we take full credit for them staying in the Derwent Valley and starting their Cooking School here. You see, they were originally thinking of going to […]

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Hand loomed floor rugs from Sardinia

Awaiting our hand loomed floor rugs from Sardinia   On a recent trip to Sardinia, John and I tracked down a lady we had heard about who lived high in the central mountains.   We were told that she was one of the few people who still had the skills for making traditional hand-loomed materials […]

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The cushions have arrived

Bespoke and hand loomed   While we were at the atelier in Sardinia where we commissioned the floor rugs (see previous post), we also commissioned new cushions for the Pavilion.   We chose this traditional local design, one of the many designs that the atelier is featuring. The lady who has set up the atelier […]

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Paddock to plate suppliers

When you know your suppliers by name   The local produce was one of the things that blew our minds when we first came to Tasmania.   The flavour! The variety! And the seasonal differences! And we had no idea that there were so many varieties of potatoes, and we had never tasted them so […]

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Wisteria showcase

Does wisteria like hardship?   Our wisteria seems to thrive under far from favourable conditions, and it makes one wonder – does wisteria thrive or at least bloom better under hardship?   Woodbridge was built in 1825, and with free convict labour, they dug out the bedrock and built Woodbridge straight onto it! So there […]

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