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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.

wine and spirits

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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Experiences

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

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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