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Helmsman's House, Frenchman's River Cygnet, TAS

House, Cygnet

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Min 2 - 4 nights stay

4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2 bathrooms


WINNER STAYZ NATIONAL AWARD 2016 - "Romance" Section

Frenchman's River is a 200 acre working cattle property near Cygnet in Southern Tasmania's exquisite Huon Valley.

Owned by television producer & novelist Posie Graeme-Evans and designer Andrew Blaxland, together they have created two beautiful self-catering houses for you to stay in on their farm.

The Helmsman's House and the HIA award-winning, Writers House, will delight travellers who cherish magnificent views, serenity, bespoke luxury and complete privacy as well as being spoiled by their hosts

Perfectly placed above lovely Cygnet Bay, the Helmsman's House is a spacious restored Federation-era farmhouse with two large and romantic bedrooms - each paired with opulent bathrooms each with bath, walk in shower and underfloor heating plus bathrobes & organic amenities.

A vast living-dining area with French doors leads the visitor to the limestone terrace with glorious views of water, mountains and sky. Other outside areas include a pretty white-painted "folly" - a perfect place to read or meditate embraced by the bay and the hills - and a gazebo at one end of the terrace. Sundowner drinks as you watch the sunset? Why not.

And, undoubted star of the well-equipped chef's kitchen is the revolving 1917 Metters Bush Pantry. Perhaps it' a first cousin to one of Dr. Who's Dalek's but here in Southern Tasmania this endearing and eccentric object is the real deal: a radically space-saving pantry whose drawers brim with all kinds of dry goods, sauces, oils and treats.

Among the inclusions in each accommodation house at Frenchman's River is a fridge that comes laden with seasonal and organic goodies including free-range eggs, local bacon and Tasmanian cheeses, plus artisanal Cygnet bread, milk from the dairy down the road and excellent Tasmanian butter. Tasmanian yoghurt is also provided, along with muesli, breakfast cereals and oats not just in porridge season

A bottle of regional wine or local cider/beer your choice, port in a decanter and a "nibbles" platter are also provided free of charge; let us know any dietary preferences, we're flexible fresh provisions will vary according to what's available in season, but are always generous.

A meal can be arranged for your first night for a small extra charge do call Andrew or Posie on to discuss.

During the day, the bustling village of Cygnet is a ten minute stroll down the hill one-way; steeper coming back up where the famous Red Velvet Lounge, Lotus Eaters Cafe, the Cygnet Woodfired Bakehouse plus the Port Cygnet Diner all showcase the glorious seasonal produce to be found in the region.

Or, if you'd like to buy your own provisions, the Cygnet Garden Larder is certainly worth a visit just ask for Bec, tell her Posie sent you. Here you'll find the best, freshest fruit and vegetables the valley can offer. The Emergency Butcher next door true. That's what Grahame calls himself smokes his own free-range bacon and you can buy grass-fed beef, pork and lamb in abundance.

The cellar door of Pagan Cider, just outside town on the road to Huonville, is well-worth visiting: they specialise in micro batches of artisan-made cider from just-picked local fruit as does Willie Smith's Organic Cider, just outside Huonville on the Hobart Road, and Frank's Cider Bar in Franklin.

Good restaurants nearby include the water-side Peppermint Bay Bistro 20 minutes from Frenchman's Bay, Petty Sessions it's a gallery as well in the riverside village of Franklin home to the world famous wooden boat centre - 30 minutes drive and Home Hill vineyard restaurant at Ranelagh 25 minutes away.

Two Bud Spur at Gardiners Bay, Hartzview Vineyard where you can see a collection of old-time apple pickers huts and Elsewhere vineyard are all less than ten minutes by car and, Mathew Evans - yes the gourmet farmer himself - has opened his new restaurant and Cooking School on Fat Pig Farm at Glaziers Bay, 6 minute's' drive from Frenchman's River. The weekly long-table lunch on Fridays books out very early but it's certainly worth looking out for; and, by special arrangement, we can drive you there and back so you can enjoy some of the wonderful local wine with a clear conscience.

And, all around Frenchman's River winding country roads - many of them waterside - picturesque picnic spots and deserted beaches can be found within 2 to 15 minutes drive of Frenchman's River; also, the Bruny Island Car Ferry departs hourly from the fishing village of Kettering 20 minutes away.

Keep your eye open for seasonal farm gate sales of fruit and vegetables as the harvest is brought in, plus cheese Grandview Sheeps Milk cheeserie and cafe at Birches Bay is a great place to go: you can watch the sheep being milked every day at 3pm and even handmade chocolates in Cygnet, Huonville and Kettering

Attractions further afield include the extraordinary Tahune Airwalk walk amongst the tops of Forest Giants, the underground realm of Hastings Caves and thermal Springs, the eccentric Ida Bay railway and, of course, the great South West Wilderness so beloved by walkers and campers alike.

For maximum freedom we suggest you hire a car to explore the region using Frenchman's River as your base.

And did we mention the farm? Two hundred acres of pasture and forest to explore and a peaceful herd of lowline angus to meet. Legend says a platypus lives in the dam Posie declares she's seen it twice, at sunset and you may well see a wedge-tailed eagle or sea-eagle if it's rough at sea, the sea-eagles come inland for shelter.

Or, in the evening, you might meet the very reclusive neighbours: pademelons, wallabies, the occasional golden possum, spotted quolls or, even, the Tasmanian Devil who lives under the old apple barn beside Posie and Andrew's house.

Then there are the Southern Lights, the great Aurora Australis. Very late on a winter's night, if you're awake, you might see them dancing in the deep south. And, best of all, they're free

Welcome to Frenchman's River. We hope you enjoy your stay.

Posie & Andrew


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance

Air conditioning, Dishwasher, Parking, Washing machine

Air conditioning Balcony Books Ceiling fan Clothes dryer Coffee maker Deck/Patio Dining Dishes and utensils Dishwasher DVD player Eco-Friendly Fireplace Hair dryer Heating Internet access Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Linens provided Living room Microwave Non-Smoking Oven Pantry items Parking Refrigerator Satellite/Cable Stereo Stove Television Toaster Towels provided Washing machine Wood stove
Helmsman's House, Frenchman's River Cygnet, TAS is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful house with amazing view! My husband, adult son and I stayed for 2 nights in the Helmsman's House. Everything about this house is perfect. It is warm, cozy, has super comfy beds, is beautifully decorated and well equipped. We cooked in both nights as the weather wasn't great and the kitchen provided everything we required to produce lovely dinners. We also thoroughly enjoyed our welcome basket of, among other things, wine, cheese and fruit. Fresh flowers were all through the house. The view from every window is absolutely superb. The grounds are beautiful. Andrew was always helpful and provided lots of info about things to do in the area. We thoroughly recommend this house to anyone looking to stay in the Cygnet area and would definitely stay again if we were travelling in this area.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most amazing property and hosts!!! The house is gorgeous with all the luxuries and has great views. Very kindly, Posie and Andrew stocked the house with locally sourced produce. Cygnet is a lovely part of Tasmania. This is the finest property I have stayed at.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing property and perfect setting! Absolutely loved our stay here, only wish it was longer. This property makes you feel at home the minute you step in. The fire was going when we arrived and Posie was there to welcome us and show us around briefly, there was local produce in the fridge and supplies in the pantry - we had all we needed for the wknd and also a beautiful home cooked meal and dessert delivered to us on the first evening, it was just delicious!! So much attention to detail, Posie and Andrew are the perfect hosts and have thought of everything. The setting is stunning only around 40 mins from Hobart, yet you feel like you have escaped everything. Hope to come back one day.
Date published: 2016-07-26
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