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“Majestic views from a heavenly retreat.”
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Huon Pine bath looking to Maria Island A luxurious king size bed in the Tasmanian bush
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Rocky Hills Retreat early morning light
Huon Pine bath looking to Maria Island
A luxurious king size bed in the Tasmanian bush
Big feather topped couches at Rocky Hills Retreat
A beautiful bathroom
Entry to the Art Studio Rocky Hills Retreat
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Swansea, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Tasmania

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Cheri H
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Majestic views from a heavenly retreat.”
Reviewed 22 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

If there is a heaven on earth, then this must surely be it! Perfect in every way. From the majestic views to the giant, orange sofas, the glorious wood burner to the well stocked complimentary pantry and very reasonably priced mini bar. This really is an experience. A peaceful retreat in the true sense of the words. With only the wildlife and in particular the family of kookaburras to share the mountain top. When we arrived we were greeted by Ann, who gave us a run down of the retreat and made us feel welcome and at home from the time we arrived there. If you do feel the need to wander off the mountain top, the local surrounds are most stunning and won't disappoint! If you are going to stay here just be aware that it really is at the top of the mountain and whilst you don't need a 4x4 to get to the top, you shouldn't be a timid driver!! This retreat is a very special place. We will be returning.

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Liked best: Everything!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
29 Aug 2016
Dear Cheri, thank you for your lovely review of Rocky Hills Retreat. We are so pleased that you enjoyed every detail of your break in the peace and quiet of Rocky Hills' tranquil wilderness an we very much look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Very best wishes,
-Amanda and the Avalon Team
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Angel68_1...
Hobart, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Amazing Weekend Break at this Romantic Getaway!”
Reviewed 13 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We stayed for 3 nights as a birthday treat and the whole experience exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived. The retreat is very private and has every little detail considered. The retreat is beautiful - the gorgeous view, the tasteful furnishings, the wonderfully appointed kitchen and pantry, the luxurious bed and that amazing bath on the deck. I love outdoor baths - they remind me of Japanese onsens which I adore- and this one was fantastic. Sitting in the rain with a glass of bubbles enjoying the hot bath was a definite highlight. The art studio was beyond our dreams. It is just amazing and has so many ways to be creative and enjoy the space. We really enjoyed our time here with the crackling wood heater and the artwork of others to inspire us.
I also loved the walks around the retreat - lots of wildlife and the beautiful, fresh bush after the rain.
The fact that the retreat is wheelchair accessible is wonderful - so many luxury accommodation spots are not. We loved our romantic weekend here and will definitely return. This our new number one in Tassie!

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Liked best: Everything!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Aug 2016
Dear Angel168, We are over the moon to hear that your birthday stay at Rocky Hills was so wonderful and exceeded your expectations! Thank you so much for taking the time out to write about your experience on Tripadvisor. We love working to create the perfect atmosphere for celebration and relaxation at Rocky Hills and it's so rewarding to hear that our attention to detail contributed to creating an unforgettable birthday experience for you! Thank you for naming us as number 1! Very best wishes, -Amanda
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Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 27 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

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Liked best: Location, view, comfort, facilities
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
1 Aug 2016
Dear James, We are so happy to hear that you loved your mid winter getaway at Rocky Hills Retreat! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely words. We hope to welcome you back again one day soon. Best wishes, -Amanda
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Belinda J
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“'Perfect' seems inadequate”
Reviewed 19 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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My hubby and I stayed for a couple of nights for our recent wedding anniversary. To say that everything (and I mean everything) was absolutely perfect seems somehow inadequate in describing our experience.

The breathtaking view is probably the first thing that grabs you, quickly followed by the decadence of the house itself. The attention to detail is second to none! I could go on and on in detail but my favourite things included the outdoor Huon pine bath (don't go thinking it's too cold to indulge yourself in the Tassie winter), the large, plush (and very comfortable) couches, the beautiful (and very snug) bed - complete with pillow menu and the gourmet pantry. We honestly could have locked ourselves up for 4 days and not wanted for anything else but what was provided, to eat and drink.

My husband and I are both big music lovers and were armed with our iPods (containing a couple of thousand songs each) but were pleasantly surprised by a fully loaded Ipod already playing on arrival. We both really enjoyed listening to a different selection of music during our stay. This was definitely one of those little things that just made our stay perfect.

We will definitely be going back.

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Management Response
22 Jun 2016
Dear Belinda, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely words about your stay at Rocky Hills Retreat! We're so glad the little details made it so much more special for you on your wedding anniversary. Yes, we love our music at Avalon Retreats too... so nice to know that the little addition of the ipod gave you a pleasant surprise and the gift of a different selection of songs. We very much hope to welcome you back again soon. -Warm wishes, Amanda.
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grant g
Roatan, Honduras
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Simply amazing”
Reviewed 25 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

It exceeded all our expectations, right from the beginning when our host Ann greeted us.
This is world class accommodation and world class scenery, a once in a lifetime experience.
Thank you so much.

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Management Response
28 Apr 2016
Dear Grant, thank you so much for taking the time so write such lovely words about Rocky Hills Retreat. It's always lovely to hear when we exceed our guests expectations as this really is our main goal! Thank you once again and we do hope to welcome you back to Rocky Hills sometime in the near future. Very best wishes, -Amanda Avalon Retreats
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Heather M
Hobart, Australia
1 review
“A Glorious, relaxing place to stay with beautiful sights and sounds to never forget.”
Reviewed 6 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We found it to be the most relaxing of surroundings, with beautiful sounds of the local wildlife, birds, frogs. Magical. The accommodation was superb with wonderful views. The service was exceptional, so pleasant and informative, certainly made you feel welcome right from the start. The Studio was a fantastic bonus to the stay,

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Liked best: A place away from everything to be able to really relax.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
8 Apr 2016
Dear Heather,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely words about your stay at Rocky Hills Retreat. It is so fabulous to hear that you enjoyed our service and had such a wonderful stay, particularly the bonus inspiration of the Rocky Hills Retreat Art Studio! We hope to welcome you back for more inspiration some time soon. Warmest wishes, -Amanda, Avalon Retreats
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Eloise G
1 review
“Perfect even in stormy weather”
Reviewed 29 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

My husband and I were recommended Rocky Hills Retreat by friends and so booked it for our 10th wedding anniversary. We were thoroughly impressed by the photos and the mini bar and had heard about the huon pine bath! When we walked in we were blown away, between the layout, the couches, the bed and the view, it was all better than expected!
Rain was starting to set in so we started filling the tub and went exploring the art studio. Later, we enjoyed a soak in piping hot water with rain falling on our faces, don't let bad weather put you off!
The kitchen was well equipped, the bed very comfortable and we felt very safe and cozy while an electrical storm happened around us - it disrupted the power supply to the house but it didn't ruin our experience.
Ann the caretaker/manager (?) was lovely and looked after us tremendously!
We'll come again for sure!
*A word of warning if you feel the need to visit during flash flooding events on the East Coast: We did make it down the hill in our little Mazda 3 but only just! It's a good thing flash flooding is pretty rare. I think we experienced a third of Swansea's annual rainfall in one day!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
7 Feb 2016
Dear Eloise, Thank you so much for your lovely review of Rocky Hills Retreat and congratulations on your 10 year wedding anniversary! It is always to gratifying to hear that the efforts or our hosts are very much appreciated, especially during unusual weather conditions like the ones you experienced! It is so fabulous to hear that you really had a wonderful adventure while enjoying all the gourmet provisions and for the unusual experience of feeling safe and cosy while you soaked up the luxury of nature's show from the bath ! We very much appreciate you taking the time to write such kind words and we hope to welcome you back one day (perhaps during entirely different weather conditions?) : ) Warmest wishes -Amanda, Avalon Retreats.
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