Silverbirch Cottage is a lovely, 3 bedroom heritage cottage in Deloraine, northern Tasmania. It sleeps 7 in permanent beds, and up to 8 using extra fold out beds, making it perfect for larger families or family groups. It has 2 bathrooms, and a large laundry, equipped with a front loading machine, clothes dryer and drying cupboard.
Our Rose Room has a queen bed and an unusual hand crafted timber bay window feature. Our Lavender room has a queen and a single bed, and our Fern Room has a queen bed and an ensuite bathroom. We also have a single fold out bed which can be set up in any of these bedrooms. We can provide a fold out cot and high chair for our younger visitors. All of our beds are fitted with electric blankets to ensure our guests are warm during our Tasmanian winters, and the cottage also has high quality heaters which warm the whole cottage very efficiently. We also have a reverse cycle air conditioner for both heating and cooling (yes, it does get pretty hot in Tassie in summer!) Our tariff includes all linen and towels.
Our main bathroom boasts a claw foot bath and separate shower, with the toilet in a separate room (there is another toilet in the ensuite). We supply washing powder for the machine, and we also provide an ironing board and iron.
The main lounges were replaced in January 2016 and provide a comfy place to watch TV or doze away a sleep Tasmanian afternoon.
The cottage has a new-ish kitchen (installed September 2013) but has retained much of its original character with its unique recycled timber splash backs and rustic island bench; you won't find another one like ours anywhere. We also have a dishwasher, microwave, gas cook top and wall oven and plenty of kitchen ware, including those vital wine glasses.
We have 2 living areas and a large dining space; so there is plenty of space for even the larger groups. We provide a flat screen TV, DVD player, Ipod dock and a large collection of DVDs to ensure there are no shortage of ways to spend down time.
But even better than the cottage are its beautiful gardens, created by a professional designer. They provide a lovely secluded oasis to relax and pretend to ponder life's meaning, and children love the little "secret garden" paths which meander around the property, which is fenced and child-safe. The cottage has a resident brush tail possum who has a nest on one of the trees - can you find it?
The yards are dotted with silver birch trees which provide dappled shade in summer and stunning silhouettes during cooler months and at dusk. Our courtyard has a large barbeque and a hammock, and it is a beautiful private space for al fresco dining.
Our cottage is a short walk from the local shops and cafes and the Visitors centre, so there is plenty of amenity whether you want to self-cater or eat out. There is a lovely loop walk around the Meander River, and Launceston is a 30 minute drive away. Silverbirch Cottage provides a cosy and tasteful base from which to explore the beautiful area nearby, including Mole Creek, Solomon's Caves, Huntsman Lake, Liffey Falls, Quamby Bluff and Cradle Mountain.
Most guests rave about the natural beauty of the area and tourist attractions abound. If you feel like a treat then in town we can recommend Deloraine Deli or the Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm just 8 km north along the Bass Highway. The Cherry Shed at La Trobe has delicious cherries (seasonally available) and a cafe offering tasty meals. Or try the free cheese tasting at Ashgrove Cheese Factory between Christmas Hills and La Trobe.
Try to spot one of the 3 resident platypus that call the Meander River home between the caravan park and the road bridge, right in the middle of the town. We have found them to be most active for the hour or so each side of dawn or dusk. They aren't timid and will often swim past within a few metres from the riverbank. Their usual haunts are between the footbridge over the river in the caravan park and the area just downstream from the pontoon near the public swimming pool.
For all bookings from February 2016 we are introducing the option of pre-ordering a platter containing a showcase of Tasmania's finest wine and fresh produce, which will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the cottage. Choices include a gourmet platter for up to 6 guests, a platter for 4 and breakfast platter. Please nominate a wine preference, red, white or sparkling. Ask about platters and prices after your booking has been reserved by contacting Tim directly on by phone, SMS or email
For guests' convenience we accept payment by internet transfer, credit card, or direct payments over the counter at any branch of the Commonwealth Bank.