This 1840s homestead has been elegantly restored as boutique accommodation. Close to Hobart, it is on the road to Freycinet and Maria Island and the attractions of Tasmania’s east coast.
The estate is set on 4000 hectares of working sheep and cattle farm, with trees shading the grounds and hedges running down to the Prosser River. Guests can enjoy Spanish cuisine cooked by chef and co-owner Chaxiraxi Afonso Higuera.
Trace the convict-built stagecoach road that runs through the property, go birdwatching, wildlife spotting, or observe farming activities.
160 Brockley Road, Buckland. (03) 6251 3123; www.brockleyestate.com.au.
Reaching Piermont, three kilometres south of Swansea, one is immersed in the natural beauty of Tasmania’s east coast. Each of the 15 stone cottages and six suites faces the private beach and the dazzling Great Oyster Bay, with the Freycinet Peninsula’s long line of hummocks on the horizon.
Gardens and flora surround the cottages on this 240-hectare estate, which includes a restaurant featuring Tasmanian produce and wines. Piermont boasts its own polo field, with tuition available, and has a tennis court, bikes, canoes and walking trails. Beyond are the long beaches and walking trails of the Freycinet National Park, the ferry departure point for Maria Island, and the east coast cellar doors and vineyards. The coastline is perfect for kayaking, diving, fishing and cruises.
Tasman Highway, Swansea. (03) 6257 8131; www.piermont.com.au.
Red Feather Inn
Experience the charm of one of Tasmania’s early colonial buildings. Built in 1842, the inn’s rooms, decorated in French provincial style, look out over tranquil gardens and weathered stone outbuildings. Guests can dine at a shared farmhouse table, with meals showcasing Tasmanian produce. Join one of the Red Feather’s cooking classes and learn how to bake classic farmhouse bread, smoke and cure meat and fish, make cheese or a soufflé, or prepare game.
There are wine routes, lakes and wilderness to explore, plus gardens villages and farm gates to visit.
42 Main Street, Hadspen. (03) 6393 6506; www.redfeatherinn.com.au.
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