We unexpectedly came across this accommodation in a flyer we found at a local cafe. It sounded lovely so we thought we'd check it out. It was the weekend and we weren't sure if there would be any availabilities, but we took the turnoff in Branxholm (very easy to find by the way) and came up to a sign that said "reception." Cristine, one of the owners greeted us and informed us that there were availabilities that night. We decided to stay for two nights, seeing as how that would make our accommdation cheaper. She took us round the reception area and pointed out the cottages, right away we were sold. Graham, her hubby, came down the hill to take us inside the cottage we were to call home, just to make sure we really wanted to stay (and stay we did!!). We pulled up to Chintock, came around the side of the house, saw the spa and the barbie and we knew we'd found our place. Graham opened the door and we were greeted by a lovely kitchen, plush leather sofa, a large bathroom, and an inviting bed. We had gas burner oven, flat screen TV w/satellite/DVD/CD, a gas fireplace...all the comforts of home without the clean up. Graham and Cristine were more than accommodating, and their lovely son James was eager to show us his chooks (make sure to have a look, for a 6 year-old, James has a great way with all those chooks). We had everything we needed including full breakfast (fresh eggs from James' chooks), fresh-cut flowers, a selection of DVDs and CDs, and assurance from Graham that we would have all the privacy we desired. We couldn't have found a better place to stay or people to greet us when we got there. We felt right at home, and we could've stayed for a week or longer. Our late-night spas we warm and relaxing with only the stars, moon, and an occasional alpaca or wallaby around us. It was absolutely perfect, and if we find ourselves in Tasmania again, we know who we'll be visiting. The Chinese tin mining history is also very interesting and unique and the proprietors have done a lovely job of setting up displays, information, and walks along the three mines that used to be in function. Rarely do you find such a spot where the owners have really put themselves in the shoes of the guest and provided them all they could want or desire...and on top of that they welcome suggestions for improvement and are always looking to be at the top of their game in for hospitality industry. Please have a stay at the Tin Dragon Trail Cottages sometime soon - you will NOT be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer romance, seclusion and privacy in fully self-contained two-bedroom and studio spa-cottages each with river views - situated on a 36 acre bush alpaca farm. Each cottage has a private outdoor dining area with bar-be-que and the studio cottages have an outdoor heated spa. Principles of ecological sustainability are combined with the comforts of a luxurious retreat. Your only disturbance might be from the occasional inquisitive pademelon or soaring eagle. This stretch of the Ringarooma River is favored by fly fishermen. Chinese heritage is celebrated with an interpretation centre, landscape art and walking tracks through historic mining and water races. ... more less