Perched on a hillside surrounded by lovely sprawling gardens you will feel like you are the only people there. When, in fact, there are other guests on the property.
The official website is full of photos featuring the beauty of the property, and we weren't disappointed. One day in December the fog didn't lift until 3pm. It was cold, misty and magical.
We stayed in Leatherwood Cottage. The furnishings are definitely retro, but very comfortable. We chose this cottage as it had a full kitchen which we wanted to use to cook up some fantastic fresh Tassie produce. However, after eating the wonderful breakfasts cooked by Jeni and Pete I'm thinking we should have indulged in one of their dinners. Perhaps next time....
The kitchen was well equipped, although a few more food staples would help make it a little easier for those that do like to cook.
There are some lovely walks on the property and I'd highly recommend taking advantage of them there is always something new to see. And it's fantastic if you are after some photos of Tassie countryside.
Plovers Ridge is a great base for seeing things around Launceston, but it is also very close to many tourist attractions. Lilydale is a quaint little town known as the town of painted poles. We even saw people painting the poles as we drove in. The grocery store is incredibly well stocked and has a lot of local produce. Lilydale falls are small but worth the 15 minute walk through the bush. Just down the road is the Leaning Church winery with a wonderful cafe and very nice wines. Driving north of Lilydale there are many more wineries to be found as well as the Bridestowe lavender farm. Jeni and Pete can also give you tips on less well known things to see in the area - so do ask.
We only stayed 3 nights. But could easily have spent more time there. Pete and Jeni are the perfect hosts always making sure you are comfortable and yet giving you space to enjoy time to soak up the views. It's perfect for couples, families and pretty much anyone that wants warm Tassie hospitality in the peace and beauty of the countryside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 20 minutes north of Launceston, Plovers Ridge has comfortable 1 and 2 bedroom cottages overlooking the peaceful Lilydale valley. Tariff includes a full cooked breakfast served in the privacy of your accommodation. Nearby beaches, Hollybank Treetops Adventure, mountain bike tracks, Bridestowe Lavender Farm, bushwalking and on the Wine Route, You can be as active (or as inactive) as you please. Wholesome, fresh & tasty dinners available by prior arrangement. Retreat to the countryside at Plovers Ridge. ... more less
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