The accommodation at Ratho Farm consists of several old farm buildings lovingly restored into boutique rooms. Equipped with modern features but still retaining elements of the original masonry and carpentry, the result is a beautiful fusion of old and new. Ratho Farm can accommodate singles, twins, as well as entire families or groups in adjoining rooms. Each room has an en suite, a fridge, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
The Convict Cottages consist of two cottages: The Bakery and The Verandah Cottage. The Bakery is a self-contained two-bedroom unit and the Verandah cottage consists of three separate suites of varying sizes. On the banks of the Clyde River, dusk and dawn regularly reveal the resident platypus, or prancing peacocks and grazing deer along the riverbank.
The Stables features four one-bedroom suites downstairs in the Cookhouse (the Lounge, the Office, the Tack Room and the Master Bedroom), and two two-bedroom suites upstairs in the Granary Loft (the Attic Loft and the Chimney Loft).
The Cookhouse Kitchen is a common-area for the Cookhouse guests, and great for gathering together when groups book the whole Stables complex.
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Ratho Farm is a scenic 1 hour drive north of Hobart, on the edge of Bothwell village in Tasmania’s central highlands.
Settled by a boatload of Scottish pioneers in 1822, Bothwell and the surrounding Clyde River Valley was one of Australia’s earliest inland settlements. It is 20 minutes off the Heritage Highway, 45 minutes from MONA, 90 minutes from Launceston, and 2 hours from Devonport.
Much of Bothwell’s tranquillity stems from the fact it is not on any of the major highways, but the village is very near to the centre of Tasmania, not far from any of the major centres, and as such; all roads lead to Bothwell!
While Ratho Farm has been recognised since the 1970s as being home to Australia’s Oldest Golf Course, the farm’s history goes far deeper. It was in the 1930s, when Oxford University Press published the Reid family journals and letters as part of the Clyde Company Papers that the world first learned of Ratho Farm’s rich written record of colonial heartbreak and joys. From exiled Irish nationalists, to Melbourne Cup winners, bushrangers, 100-year-old gardeners, fierce political debates, golfing royalty and one of England’s best known artists; Ratho Farm has played host to colourful characters from all walks of life. All have left their mark for you to discover.
In the early 1800s, the new colony of Van Diemen’s Land was finding favour with emigrants looking to expand their opportunities on the frontier of colonial expansion. In the upper classes of landowning Scots, English, Welsh and Irish, it was the tradition that the eldest son inherited the earth (literally, the estate), second sons joined the military, third sons went into the cloth, and the offspring after that were often packed off to the new world with as much of the inheritance as they were afforded.