Yes Tarraleah, a rather hard one this. We stayed at Tarraleah in an Art Deco Cottage for 3 nights in April. There was a fabulous turn in colour in the trees’ foliage but there was always loads of duck and goose doo to step in. There was a feeling of being in a time that harked backed to a world that was simpler and better, but also where the service sometimes resembled an eccentric past.....
Tarraleah is remote to say the least, so you really have to make a choice to come and stay here. It is on the route from Strahan to Hobart, but we chose to come here as a base for trips into the few national parks that are within an hour's drive of Tarraleah. There is the feeling that the grand vision of delivering a once workers village into a luxurious country retreat has been somewhat been compromised by a lack of patronage. The spa was unattended; the high-end restaurant was closed; advertised activities were not available etc., which the website still advertises as a full service luxury retreat.
The cottage was lovely, beautifully restored and furnished that embellished its origins and history. The beds were superb, the bathroom was adequate. The original period kitchen was well equipped but with a fabulous echo of the past. The roomy accommodation could easily accommodate six, but they charge for extra for more than 2 people. The cottage Overlooked the valley below, which certainly added to the natural majesty of the place - the clear skies were a stella spectacular!
Breakfast was included at the onsite cafe and was good - even the coffee was good, which is saying something for rural Tasmania. The only evening dining option was at the onsite pub and again the food was good. We did note that the same chef cooked all of our breakfast and evening meals and we both felt (rightly or wrongly) that he was the key to the food's quality. We didn't see another cook during our stay. The staff were friendly, but the lady in the reception / visitor centre kept thinking we were staying in the caravan park for some bizarre reason!
We got to spend an hour in the hot tub in the spa treatment centre, which was only occupied by us and there were no other staff on hand. The experience was temprered by the tepid temperature of the water in the tub, so we got the distinct feeling that the spa centre has been somewhat abandoned.
Positives: accommodation, location, scenery, food (given its isolated location)
Negatives: location (yes), closure of some amenities
Do stay: if you love rural Tasmania and would love to see a charming, yet quirky village
Don't stay: if you think Surfers Paradise has a lot going for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between the lake, the local hotel and close to all amenities is the Tarraleah campsite. Clean powered and unpowered sites are available and there are plenty of activities for all including a kids playground, feeding the cows and ducks, or doing one of the many walks surrounding the town. You can also book in for one of the guided fishing, kayaking or cycling tours through reception. The local pub offers modern bistro style food and and a selection of local and international wines and beers. Teez cafe is just around the corner and offers great coffee, hot breakfast and a selection of cakes, rolls, quiches and pies throughout the day. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tarraleah Estate Tasmania