A cosy, modern 2 bedroom apartment with a magic view over river, sea and bush
About Michael Whish-Wilson
I am John Dent, the owner of the Lodge. I am a retired doctor who lives in Adelaide. Michael Whish-Wilson is my manager, based in Smithton. The software of this website seems to be incapable of distinguishing between an owner and a manager. In 2006, Suzie, my partner, and I (see photo) put our ancient caravan on the ferry to Devonport from Melbourne with the plan that we would circle much of Tasmania. We turned west from Devonport. On our second day, we had completed 200 km when we arrived in Arthur River. We were so charmed by the place that we camped there for so long that we got only slightly further down the west side of Tasmania before it was time to head back to the ferry. I had bought the building that became the Lodge by the time we left.
Michael Whish-Wilson purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Michael Whish-Wilson chose Arthur River
This seems a silly question when you look at the position of the Lodge. Position is for me the most important aspect of a property. Apart from its position, the property posed a major challenge as the building was very run down and beyond the limited "patch-up" that I had first envisaged. The house had grown like topsy from two buildings that were side by side. It had some amazing "West Coast" plumbing, the like of which you could not install now. Later, the two buildings were connected by a large room, but peculiarly, the building largely turned its back on the view. I enjoy the challenge of trying to make the most of a property. I am a serial house fiddler and builder. By July 2006 the big design decisions had been made, thanks to an excellent and creative local draughtsman. We retained some parts of the original structure, probably just enough to make avoiding total demolition worthwhile. The retained parts of the structure moulded the design of the renovation which made the new building unique. The building footprint was extended towards the river, with this new north side being designed to grab the view and the sun. We decided on having two apartments, with the flexibility of being able to join them up into one large property via a connecting door. There were many struggles with the bureaucracy during the planning stages and the weather during the building work. Days turned to weeks and months. This saga would have made a good story on Grand Designs. Eventually, somehow or other, the building was ready for its first guests in late January 2008. The builder drove off 30 minutes before these guests arrived
What makes this Apartment unique
Well, I fell in love with the setting of the house and the coastal wilderness around it, but certainly not the unique "architecture" of the house. I like to think that we were able to turn a very ugly duckling into a swan of a house that does justice to its position. Many of our guests share this opinion. On the walls of both apartments, there are pictures of the original house, so make sure you see these by becoming our guest.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
So much serenity
We had a lovely stay here. The view of the river and ocean is stunning ... you can hear the sea. Sitting at the outside table sipping wine and watching the sun set after a long drive or a river cruise is hard to beat. An excellent place to stay. Also - the beds are very very comfortable.
holiday beautiful area . always enjoy peace and quiet.
A restful few days. A little disappointed with the general surroundings, grass long etc. Cleaning not up to standard expected. Overall another lovely experience.
really lovely location and property but ensure you check which section of the house you are getting, one section is much smaller than the other and two bedroom rather than three
Lovely little house perfectly positioned to enjoy the river views.
House and amenities great, weather terrible but thank god had a warm, cosy place to stay and nearby walks accessible.
Great location, very comfortable.
So much more than we expected. A great location for exploring the Tarkine. Very comfortable , with a Fabulous view.
The Arthur River Village has two very small shops, one of which sells takeaway food. Neither petrol nor diesel are available in the Village. Marrawah and Redpa, 16 and 17 km to the north each have a shop which are quite well stocked with groceries. Both have fuel bowsers. The nearest supermarket is at Smithton ~65km to the north-east.
Boats with outboard motors and canoes are available for hire in the Village. The MV "George Robinson" offers cruises almost daily 15 km up the river, deep into the Tarkine forest