Brockley is a stunning colonial homestead offering total seclusion and it is on 10,000 private acres.
Situated on the wonderful East Coast of Tasmania in rolling hills on the banks of the river Prosser, we have beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.
The building is a unique example of its period and its rooms tell a story of Tasmanian history over the past 170 years.
The homestead is furnished throughout with genuine antiques, many of them precious Tasmanian pieces.
Brockley is a beautifully maintained colonial homestead in totally original condition. The house offers sophisticated accommodation for between 2 and 10 people.
Brockley is within easy reach of Tasmania's East coast including Freycinet and Maria Island National Parks as well as Tasman Peninsula and the Midlands.
Our cellar is stocked with a selection of highly prized wines from local vineyards, renowned for their cool climate wines. Enjoy a unique experience and share a table of authentic Spanish cuisine cooked by Chaxi, co-owner and chef from the Canaries.
The convict built stage coach road, now disused and part of the property, runs from the front door of the house to Orford, eight kilometres away. Enjoy a stroll and keep an eye out for convict-built culverts, retaining walls and other evidence of the original works.
Roaring log fires keep you cosy in winter in any of the downstairs rooms, including the bedrooms if desired, with discreet back-up from a modern heating installation.
Enjoy our continental breakfast with fresh bread, homemade local jams and freshly ground coffee.
Complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the day in the Conservatory.
Children are welcome when booking the whole house exclusively.
Each of the six bedrooms is unique and has its own character.
The Best Bedchamber - the largest of the rooms has a big stone-mullioned window looking out over the garden and French doors opening directly onto the veranda. Furnished with a beautiful 19th century antique wardrobe, dressing table and original fireplace. With either a king size bed or two king single beds this room has an ensuite bathroom with an antique bath and shower.
The Marble Bedchamber, also located on the ground floor with French doors opening onto the verandah and a beautiful view of the south garden. The ensuite has a lovely shower with a head the size of your dinner plate. Enjoy the antique furniture and fine paintings that decorate the room. The name comes from the original marbled cedar chimney piece. Not, perhaps, the place to put your wine glass down whilst you dress for dinner!
The Campaign Bedchamber has a four poster wrought iron bed once used by a British army officer in the Boer War. This cosy room also has an original open fireplace, and built in Huon pine cupboards. It has it's own en suite bathroom hidden in the wall.
The Steward's Room is conveniently located on the ground floor with its own en-suite bathroom featuring a generous shower and antique cast-iron pull-chain loo.
It has a double-bed and windows facing the South and East.
Of course, like all the other rooms, a flat screen television is available
Up the very steep staircase in the attic we have the Cooks' Quarters. This room is twin share and has lovely Edwardian wooden beds and a view of the north garden and convict road. The bathroom is across the landing and has a beautiful cast iron claw foot bath with a shower over it.
We are serious about the steep climb up to bed. This is an untouched heritage building with its original staircase - you don't need to take your luggage up, we'll do that, but you'll need to be able to get yourself up and down.
The formal drawing room features a magnificent 18th century rug, comfortable sofas and chairs. Enjoy a drink from the honesty bar and chat with your fellow guests in front of the roaring fire.
Shift over to the library and take down book from our fine collection of early Australian literature and topographical works, or enjoy an antique board game. Admire the prints on the walls and the ornaments and furniture decorating the room.
The conservatory is a more recent addition of only 75 years! It is a lovely sunny place to sit and read the newspaper, have afternoon tea, or slip out the door for a wander around the gardens.
Finally, the dining room, located in the original farmhouse kitchen. Here we'll have a massive log fire, and you may well see the next loaf of bread or a pizza or two emerge from the original wood fired oven in the wall. Feel free to sit with your friends and fellow guests around our antique dining table. Meals will be served here or in the conservatory, or outside in the garden in summer.
It will take you some time to explore the house, but by the time the sun goes down, grab a fresh drink and take a seat on the verandah. The sunsets are spectacular here.
Things to do
Brockley is the perfect place to relax and explore the beautiful surroundings and is also conveniently situated within reach of the Tasman Peninsula, Freycinet and the Midlands. Explore the back roads to all of these places. Visit our unfrequented local white sand beaches.
The ferry to Maria Island departs from Triabunna just 20 minutes away. Spend a day on the island and return in the evening for delicious gourmet food and wine. Visit the local vineyards: our friendly neighbours at Darlington Vineyard are just ten minutes away and it is well worth a visit.
Once you leave the house, there's 10,000 acres of property to explore. Brockley is situated in the middle of a working sheep and cattle farm. See the animals being shifted by the working dogs, and admire the newborn lambs and Hereford calves in springtime. If you are lucky it might be shearing time and you are welcome to watch from a safe distance.
During the day, explore the grounds and take a walk along the convict road.
The convict built stage coach road, now disused and part of the property, runs from the front door of the house 8km to Orford. The walk is an unspoiled and unique experience. It takes you through private bush following the wide Prosser River through Paradise Gorge to the sea. Keep a lookout for wildlife and Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles (there are several pairs on our property). Convict built bridges, walls and culverts are visible all along the way.
You'll need stout walking boots or a mountain bike to negotiate it, but it's an unforgettable experience. Grab a map and follow our markers and see if you can find the ruins of the old convict prison, also but perhaps ironically called Paradise. Why not arrange a lift back before you go?