Escape to this architect-designed retreat that floats over the vines of Deviot CBD, a vineyard with panoramic views of the pristine Tamar River. Enjoy a complementary bottle of the latest commercially available vintage of Deviot CBD Pinot Noir.
Laze away on the deck. Watch the mist rise. Stroll among the two acres of vines or walk by the river. Fish off the pier. Play tennis at the local court. Retreat to the fire. Soak yourself in the bathhouse watching the Tamar. Taste the pinot noir from this parcel of land.
At the 'Picker's Shed' you can experience low key but choice Tasmanian agritourism in a small architectural jewel.
During peak periods rentals are for a minimum of three days. For the rest of the year the minimum booking period is two days.
The 'Picker's Shed'
With a kitchen/ living area and a bunkhouse fashioned from beautiful timbers this modern cabin is a discreet aesthetic delight. The 'Picker's Shed' has the capacity to sleep a maximum of six (four in the bunkhouse built from Tasmanian oak by local craftsmen; another two in a day bed that converts into a double bed).
The cabin retreat is well designed and insulated for the vagaries of Tasmania's weather, with a supply of chopped timber for the fire guaranteeing warmth on a cold day. It is well ventilated for summer with the windows and grill over the double doors ensuring coolness.
Along the deck the wooden bathhouse allows you to lie in steaming water after a long day with a view of the river and the hills beyond.
Deviot CBD is an operating vineyard and work can be taking place on the block from eight in the morning. This is particularly so from October through to March when vintage occurs.
The cabin also includes a small mezzanine space but this is not accessible for rental.
What To Do
Deviot Sailing Club and Pier is a two minute walk down the hill.
Deviot Tennis Court is a five minute walk along the road with a new hard court surface. (Bring coins because the court can be enjoyed for $2 a game based upon an honour system.)
Tamar Valley Wineries of note are a short drive away. The local Tamar Valley wine route highlights some twenty-seven vineyards. A few of note are Stoney Rise Vineyard in Gravelly Beach some 10 minutes away, Holm Oak Vineyard 20 minutes, Tamar Ridge also 20 minutes, and the famous Pipers Brook and Jansz are further afield, 40 minutes away on the Piper River.
For walkers, there is a foreshore track starting from the southern side of the Supply River (about 2 to 3 kilometres to the south from Deviot CBD back along Deviot Road) to Paper Beach. There is another pleasant short walk (30 mins) up the Supply River to the ruins of the Supply River Mill built in 1825.
The Narawntapu National Park is an hour's drive north on the west side of the Tamar with wildlife, wetlands, beaches, dunes and lagoons. An easy walk takes you to Badger Head with a magnificent view of Bass Strait.
Low Head and Bell Buoy beach are 30 minutes on the east side of the Tamar. Built in 1805, the Low Head Conservation Area is the oldest Pilot and Signal Station in Australia and has run continuously since 1833. From Low Head you can walk down to the northern beaches. Evening penguin tours are also a feature of Low Head.
For those who enjoy markets, a short trip to Evandale on a Sunday morning may be worth considering.