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“Perfect setting for Yoga retreat”
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Tarraleah Estate
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Hobart, Australia
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“Perfect setting for Yoga retreat”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

I stayed in one of the art deco cottages at Tarraleah for two nights in August as part of the Wellness Yoga Retreat run by inspiring Hobart-based instructor Geraldine Doyle. The accomodation could not have been better- the 'cottages' are spacious, beautifully restored and furnished with unusual attention to detail. They have lovely views. Despite the six inches of snow that fell, we were super warm and comfortable (at least until we stepped outside!)

Staff were friendly and knowledgeable and happy to give our group a very interesting guided tour of the ex-hydro town, as well as point out walks and other activities. The setting is isolated but beautiful and so peaceful, with the renovated church a perfect yoga studio. I imagine it would suit a variety of group uses like weddings as it has a nice mix of private and communal spaces, indoor and out.

The several yoga sessions were thoughtfully paced to complement our various needs/abilities and the workshops on juicing, nutrition, massage and other aspects of holistic well being were informed and fun. At the end of two days I felt wonderful, and a little disappointed not to be snowed in and forced to stay another night or two...

The owners have done a fantastic job of restoring and caring for an interesting piece of Tasmania's modern history, and it was a lovely and comfortable setting for calm reflection.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Stain the Art Deco Cottages it is unlike anything else. This is the second time we have stayed in them and we just loveit. Tarraleah isa great stopping off point between Strahan and Hobart. It is lovely having an open fire and the space of a whole house after being in motel rooms for a few days. If you are looking for action packed things to do or shopping then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for relaxation,great views,peace and quite then go.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Sydney
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

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.

Summary

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.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Werribee, Australia
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Because of a late start heading to Strahan an unplanned overnight stay at Tarraleah was an amazing experience which we were glad that happened. The staff were more than helpful when we put in a call for accommodation late in the afternoon, yes it was a little expensive but in the end worth every cent. The house was spotless, more than comfortable and the art deco feel was amazing even the 4WD felt very comfortable for the night! The kitchen was well equipped and relaxing by the fire was most welcome after a couple of days hiking. Would return to Tarraleah in a heart beat.

Room Tip: The mauve house on the corner is lovely.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

We stayed at Tarraleah just for the one night in March this year, in a self contained cabin. The cabin was comfortable and had all we needed. We ate and drank in the tavern which is located on site - but that is about all there is to do there.

The whole place is quite quaint, and looks to be in fantastic order - from the Lodge, the houses, the cabins and the caravan park.

The Tavern is fairly expensive but reasonable enough for the location I guess.

As others have said, it is very quiet here, and I am sure that there is much to do, but our stay was just a stopover on our driving holiday.

Very clean and comfortable - I would recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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NewYork
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

We were 6 people on an MBA reunion staying across 2 houses (1 and 7). We were blown away by the friendliness of the staff who worked across reception, cafe and bar ! We had pre-booked a cycling tour but were late being slightly hungover( !) . Julian (who we found later was the owner ) was completely fine and suggested a much better itinerary at St Clair lake with cycling the following day instead.
We did this and met the fit Mark and his lovely ( and even more fit !) wife Maryanne who took us mountain biking next day. Informative,fun,charming, (running outnof adjectives! )- we loved them. Especially when it got to 42 c and mark fetched the trailer to pick us up on last uphill leg!
He also gave us a tour of the lodge and extended our stay so we could have a shower after canoeing.

The houses themselves were perfect for us - well equipped , log fire and charming decor. The men loved chopping wood :)

I travel extensively for work globally and this is longest review i have ever written but truly had a great time and HIGHLY RECOMMEND to small groups ! Will be back.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Tried to book in the Lodge, but that they said was full, so they recommended the Architect Houses instead. We later found out the Lodge was closed anyway, for reasons we still do not know. We were booked for five nights, but left after two, even thought it was pre-paid, that says it all! In the middle of nowhere, no proper hiking nearby - nearest National Park - 45 min. away. No real restaurant, just a horrid "pub" - part of the place. No service, nothing to do, and void of people except some staff from the power plant staying it some of the cottages. Their brochure in the cottage upon arrival recommended to bring food etc if you wanted to cook or do any form of self catering. A bit late, as the nearest ship is in Hobart - 2 hours drive away.... It is the weirdest, strangest, isolated place we have ever stayed - as the heading says, like the village in LOST, but worse. Probably soon going bust anyway, think the Lodge may already be closed for good. Awful!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tarraleah Estate
Address: 2 Wild River Road, Tarraleah, Tasmania 7140, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Tarraleah
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tarraleah
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tarraleah Estate 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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 
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