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Tynwald Willow Bend Estate
Ranked #6 of 12 New Norfolk B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Devonport, Australia
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121 reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

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.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

We had just left a truly remarkable B&B in Sheffield.... and then we arrived here, and we instantly thought "here it is, the down point of our Tassie holiday".
Yes, this property is old. That's a reason I wanted to stay here- to experience an old colonial mansion. But there is old, and then there is tired, damp, run down, musty and very very cold.
We were dissappointed on arrival to find out the restaraunt wasn't going to be open. After a long day of traveling, we didn't want to go out on a zero degree night. But off we went- only to return to our room a few hours later to a cold room, as our heater had been turned off in our absence. This was rather rude, especially since we hadn't been asked to do this or we would have complied as we had at other accommodation. So we bunkered down for a very chilly night, a few degrees below zero, in an old damp home. No fires had been lit in the home either, so it was that kind of inescapable chill.
The next morning, we woke to new care-takers. The owners of the property had left for their own holiday, leaving us with a new couple.
Liz and her husband totally turned our stay at Tynwald around. They were so welcoming, checked on us regularly but not too often. They encouraged us to use the home, not just our room, and we felt much more at ease and welcome. We spent a night by the fire which was marvelous. The next morning, a lovely breakfast in a much warmer home for having had heating through it. The sense of "let's save a penny over guest comfort" was gone. Liz and her husband did a wonderful service to this property, and they are very good babysitters indeed.
The facilities are very much lacking- well, we weren't even told we had some facilities. We asked for a wine glass, only for Liz to tell us that we had them in our room... and look, a kettle and tea making facilities completely hidden away where we would never have looked. The bathrooms are incredibly cold, and were left with wet cold towles for far too long. Our hand towel was never changed.
It's truly the little things, and unfortunately what could be a remarkable stay in a unique property (and we caught a small glimmer of it with Liz) was as damp and cold as the building itself. The cost for our stay felt scurried away rather than put back into the finer details- like heating. It's a shame, really.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Staying at Tynwald is like living reality in a showcase 19th century National Trust mansion. The building and location are superb and full of architectural and historical interest. The rooms are very spacious with period furniture. The beds are very clean and comfortable, and there is a relaxation of the 19th century theme with electric blankets, flat screen TVs and mini-fridges in the rooms (even a wonderful valve wireless radio), Like most places in Tasmania though, the heating struggles on cold days due to the almost universal absence of central heating in houses and hotels in Tasmania, although our heater eventually got there after a couple of hours. The separate bathroom was a short distance away and quite chilly. The hosts, Garry and Pat were very friendly and the breakfast and evening meals were very memorable, though getting charged for bread (which we didn't order) we thought was a bit mean. Garry's sense of humour might not appeal to some and he appeared to be slightly inebriated when we arrived. The dining room and breakfast rooms are classic 19th century and a rare experience these days. Some negatives, the sitting room had a strong cigarette smell (possibly a guest) and the hallway had a musty smell and there's a general tardiness about the place, but hopefully this doesn't detract guests from an otherwise unique experience anywhere in Tasmania, if not Australia.

The house is some distance from the centre of New Norfolk, though some might argue that this isn't such a bad thing. Most of New Norfolk's heritage has been demolished (as opposed to places like Richmond, Pontville, Evandale, Oatlands and Battery Point). Only the church, a couple of pubs and some cottages (many in a derelict state) seem to have survived and there's a very low brow atmosphere in the town. The disused Willow Court asylum is closed off by security fences and the superb 19th century buildings are rapidly falling to bits, which is a great pity. The Oast House museum and restaurant right next door to Tynwald were also closed at the time of the visit.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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travelling aussie
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

We had a delightful overnight stay in this beautiful mansion. Our room was well appointed and comfortable. Our host, accommodating. We thought our private bathroom was "next door" but it was a little further than that - but ensuites with flushing toilets weren't the go when this home was built! Breakfast prepared by Garry was on the table in a flash - and just superb. The ambiance of the breakfast room was memorable. It was a pity we weren't there for dinner - maybe next time.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

We had a delightful one night stay here after a week travelling in a campervan. What a beautiful old house just full of antiques. Pat and Gary were charming hosts and dinner in their restaurant was excellent. Our room on the ground floor was charming and the bed so comfortable after a campervan! And the wifi access the best we had in Tassie. Before dinner drinks with the open fireplace in the sitting room was a must.
Breakfast in the country kitchen dining room with the old stone floors so good.
If you want modern furniture and fittings with little character go else where. Go to Tynwald house for a charming B & B experience and take in the history as well.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hobart
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

I was about to write a review when I saw the one from nigel - perhaps he was not at the same property or maybe he was under some delusion because everything he has written is totally incorrect. It is the most glorious old property with superb accomodation that is suited to the ambience of the era for which it is portrayed. My husband and I had a fab meal in the restaurant with both Pat and Gary making us so welcome. The next morning after a delightful evening complete with relaxing in our room with a spa, we were treated to a real country breakfast in the wonderful old room with flagstones on the floor and bouquets of dried lavender hanging from the mantle of the fireplace. If you want real old time service and hospitality this is the property to choose - just wonderful, Thank you Pat and Gary for making our visit so great.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2012

what happened to our internet access. no we were told by the "great", host garry, go to the town library.
no sign of the restaraunt being in operation and certainly no advice as to whether we would or could get a meal in it.
the place smelt really old and of decay.
no advice as to where the morning breakfast area might be.
don't know where the reviews on other sites came from but those people were definitley at another b and b.
also the host gary was inebriated the evening we stayed there.
breakfast was fine

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tynwald Willow Bend Estate
Address: 1 Tynwald Rd, New Norfolk, Tasmania 7140, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > New Norfolk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in New Norfolk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tynwald Willow Bend Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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