I had read the reviews on this gem before we left on our trip around Tasmania, and was very interested to check out this historic inn.
We arrived on a Sunday afternoon after driving from Strahan.
After meeting our hosts, John and Gina, and enjoying an informal afternoon we decided to stay the night and booked in. The rooms have been renovated and were fresh and comfortable with their own ensuites. Being on the third floor under the angled roof, I found myself banging my head a few times, but it was well worth it to experience this charm of a time gone by.
We enjoyed their hospitality so much we decided to book another night and enjoy New Years Eve in this quaint hotel, rather than drive on to Hobart. Good decision as we enjoyed a great night with many of the locals until the early hours.
In the morning we helped clean up as we already felt like we were part of the family. It was such a relaxing break that we booked a couple of nights for our return journey.
On our return journey, Tasmania was experiencing its worst bushfires, and Hamilton was under some threat. The Inn had been taken over by Victorian fire-fighters, including our room. We still wanted to spend a few days with John and Gina, so John found us a mattress and set us up in the breakfast room. Just like camping out as a kid. It was great.
Our hosts tried to convince us to stay longer, but alas, we had a ferry to catch back to the mainland.
We met others who regularly come back to this Inn, and we joked it was like the Hotel California, from the Eagles great hit song...."you can check out any time you like.......but you can never leave..."
John and Gina are slowly renovating this great old Inn; a mammoth job, but it has such great charm and is run by two very friendly and charming hosts. It will always be on our must stop list.