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“Peace and Beauty” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Plovers Ridge Country Retreat
Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Peace and Beauty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

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.

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Switzerland
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2013

As a family with two boys aged 10 and 11 we stayed at Plovers Ridge 3 nights and it was definitively the best stay during our trip trough Tasmania. We should have stayed longer, but we didn’t know that this is a hidden gem in Tasmania. We stayed at the Leatherwood cottage which is a fully furnished accommodation with 2 bedrooms, laundry, big kitchen and last but not least a wonderful terrace with spectacular views. We were amazed by the peace and quietness: this is the most perfect getaway and B&B that we had during our 7 week trip trough Australia. And here you feel the Tassie spirit at its best! It is the perfect place to relax. The views are just gorgeous, the grounds and laws are lovely and the breakfast is excellent. Trough the whole propriety you feel the love for the little details and the devotion of the owners Jeni and Pete. The breakfast is excellent with fresh fruits and eggs that change every day. Jeni and Pete are lovely hosts and they made us feel at home very far away from our home in Switzerland and this means a lot to us. Plovers Ridge is just 20 minutes from Launceston and if you need some beach, Bridport is 1 hour drive. Lilydale is a charming little town. They have a nice pool for families (a bigger one is in Scottsdale). We visited the Bridestowe lavender farm and the Hollybank Treetops Adventure which is a lot of fun for the kids. The Cataract Gorge & First Basin in Launceston is worth a trip with the kids. In Scottsdale we can recommend the Cottage bakery and in Launceston Levee food for dinner waterside. When you are in Tasmania, don’t miss the excellent hospitality of Jeni and Pete at Plovers Ridge!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Hobart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

Had an excellent time here. Two boys had a great time with chilli, the deaf dog - used this as a base between Launceston and Bridport as Bridport was fully booked, but this turned out to be just as pleasant, with the beaches only a half an hour drive away. Acommodation was very homely - great stereo and kitchen facilities. All in all one of the best places we have stayed in Tas.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2012

A truly memorable experience! This became our home away from home. A great base from which to venture out and see all the beauty of Tassie. Then come home to beautiful, peaceful mountain views, a georgeous cottage garden and wonderful, caring host and hostess. Will definitely be booking myself in again, next time I visit. Thanks for everything Jeni & Pete.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2012

Peace and quiet, gaze out over the rolling hills, platapus in the dam and gourmet cooking served to your table.

Located fifteen minutes drive from Launceston - see the Lillydale falls.

This is my second stay at Plovers Ridge and i will be back.

Brett O"Maley

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

Plovers Ridge should be a must-stay on any Tassie itinerary. Idylically located in a rural setting, the welcome, the standard of accommodation, the attention to detail, Jeni's superb cooking, Pete's beautiful lawns and gardens, the plovers, the platypus in the dam all come together to make a stay at Plovers Ridge a truly memorable experience.

Room Tip: The brick cottage is beautifully furnished, clean and comfortable.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

Jeni, Pete and Chili made us feel very welcome on their beautiful property which even has resident platypus. My husband and I stayed in Myrtle Cottage which has all the amenities to make it a truly comfortable place from which to view the cottage garden, cattle feeding in green paddocks and hills in the distance. Not only were breakfasts delicious, but dinner was fantastic.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jeni N, Manager at Plovers Ridge Country Retreat, responded to this review, 30 January 2013
We loved your little poem in the visitors book and I'm sure it will continue to entertain the many guests who have followed you. Thank you Leeta.
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Property: Plovers Ridge Country Retreat
Address: 132 Lalla Rd | Launceston, Lilydale, Launceston, Tasmania 7268, Australia
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Region: Australia > Tasmania > Launceston > Lilydale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Lilydale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
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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