Category Luxury Hotel

27 Nov

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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27 Nov

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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27 Nov

As fresh as it gets

You can’t get fresher than this   In the Derwent Valley we are blessed with an abundance of fabulous produce. Tasmania is famous for this generally, but we certainly punch well above the norm, and in such concentration, all the way along the river in the Derwent Valley.   So why, one may ask, do […]

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27 Nov

Mirrors add such interest

Mirrors add so much interest to decorating.   At Woodbridge we have a wonderful collection of antique mirrors, suitable to an 1825 building of course, but others we have just because they are simply beautiful, like these lovely Art Deco ones hanging in Woodbridge.   Mirrors work so well in any situation and I like […]

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27 Nov

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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27 Nov

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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27 Nov

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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27 Nov

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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27 Nov

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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27 Nov

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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