This property is a hidden gem set well back down a leafy lined winding driveway. The building and grounds are very well maintained and have an atmosphere of old world elegance. Each room is different with it's own colour scheme and nick-nacks. An electric heater is discreetly situated positioned on the wall but we did not need to have this on even though the night was cool. Our bed and pillows were very comfortable and an electric blanket was fitted if needed. We enjoyed our afternoon tea in the comfortable period sitting room with little sandwiches and cakes placed on antique crockery. We were also presented with a cheese platter and complimentary wine to our liking. We chose a superb Chardonnay. The cheeses were of an excellent variety satisfying our individual taste buds. The dining room was very romantic with soft lighting and a fire in the original period fireplace. Our entrees were a taster plate of delicacies including sea of scallops on black pudding (delicious) smoked salmon with a harissa and white bean salad and smoked salmon placed on a potatoe rossti with garden salad. Both hosts are chefs and we thoroughly enjoyed our delicious meals of melt in the mouth lamb and succulent pork. A dukka accompanied by virgin olive oil and balsamic dip were immensely enjoyed. We had a choice of homemade bread rolls, hot out of the oven. We declined dessert simply because we were completely satisfied by the delicious main meal. The restaurant is open to the public and we will most certainly be dining there again. Christmas is also a special event and they are booking out quickly at this stage so don't delay. The following morning we enjoyed a most generous breakfast of our choice consisting of free range eggs, home grown herbs and a selection of prize winning home made jams among other treats. There is a self contained quaint stone cottage also on the property privately situated away from the main house. An old stone granary stands proudly at the bottom of the garden. The views of the surrounding bush and cliffs imparts a feeling of peace and isolation. A beautiful location to simply unwind and imagine life two centuries ago but with all the comforts. Our hosts Gary and Pat were most obliging, friendly and helpful. We thoroughly recommend this property. We have travelled extensively throughout Tasmania and believe this would have to be one of our favourites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1830 Country mansion on the river Derwent. With a stone cottage 1822 Licensed restaurant. ... more less
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- Tynwald Willow Bend Estate New Norfolk, Tasmania