The Cottages and Gardens:
Situated on the wine route in the middle of nowhere on thirty acres of verdant farmland are two delightful and unique cottages. Created by architect Bruce Goodsir, they blend seamlessly into their environment. Leadlight windows, high ceilings, queen beds and complete privacy ensure that couples enjoy their stay. All the comforts of home and very generous breakfast provisions allow you to set your own timetable and enjoy your days, unhindered by the dictates of others.
The cottages, set around a green lawn enclosed by pergolas of climbing roses, set off by clipped hedges, are a peaceful haven after the day’s explorations. They sit in a Victorian garden, now extended into parkland, which encompasses a number of features. The Pear and Arbour Walks were planted at the turn of the century 1904 and the old pear trees, massive redwoods and towering rhododendrons are testament to the vision of the then owner, Mr. Frank Walker, orchardist and traveler. Trained at Kew Gardens, he has left his vision to delight future generations. The new Laburnum and Crab Apple Walks will hopefully be enjoyed in a similar way by garden enthusiasts. The Pear and Arbour Walks are about 150 meters long, one fragrant and romantic; the other, shady and mysterious, is being restored. The original property was once ninety acres of orchard and later, a nursery garden. Glimpses of the garden’s past are everywhere, especially near the old homestead
Shut the gate and let the rest of the world disappear. You can picnic in the extensive grounds where, if you are lucky, you may catch sight of the shy platypus in the lake. In spring, flowers are everywhere and large trees shelter shrubs and lawns. Open only to guests, the miniature ponies are the only ones to watch as you meander around the garden.
Spend Your Days
An easy drive from many attractions and activities, the cottages are also well situated to explore local wineries and gourmet food. An easy drive to the Tamar River enables tourists to explore the lovely scenery and admire excellent local art and craft. Lovely restaurants and deli’s in Launceston ensure you can dine in style or feast on a budget. Bush walking in the area is popular and the views are breathtaking. Hollybank Reserve is close by, as is the Lavender farm, and many other attractions.
•Featured in Australian Traveller June 2011 issue as one of the top B&B’s
•Also Featured October 2013 issue of Australian Country Style.