May 02, 2016
Whether your want to stay in the city or just outside of it, here are two luxurious accommodation options in Launceston that won't disappoint.
Hatherley Birrell Collection
If you’re looking for boutique accommodation with beautiful flourishes, you can’t go past Hatherley Birrell Collection – a historic 1830s mansion, now transformed into an art-themed hotel. Launceston-based design-and-architecture duo Rebecca and Jack Birrell are the proud owners of the establishment, which is a mere 15-minute walk from the city centre. Spread over half a hectare of land with gardens, lawns and plenty of fig and magnolia trees, the property comprises four accommodation options – all over them with bespoke artworks, modern bathrooms and stylish stainless-steel washbasins. Check into one of the two suites – each features a kitchenette, Apple TV (yes, you can stream Netflix) and garden views. Or make yourself at home at one of the two garden pavilions – they’re newer than the suites and come with private outdoor areas with alfresco stone baths large enough to comfortably fit two. Of course, if you really want to amplify the luxe and space factor, make a beeline for the two-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms and two private courtyards, housed off-site in nearby Tamar Street.
43 High Street; 0458 947 727
No trip to northern Tasmania is complete without an exploration of the stunning Tamar Valley, located right on Launceston’s doorstep. And one of the best ways to soak up the vistas as well as the region’s serenity is a stay at the postcard-perfect Relbia Lodge. It’s only a 15-minute drive from the centre of Launceston, but its lakeside location, right in the middle of the valley’s shimmering hills and rolling vineyards, might make you think you’re in Tuscany. You won’t disturb the estate’s peace as you drive your car into the porch, but you’ll definitely intrigue the curious cows in the neighbouring paddock if you decide to explore the property on foot. No matter how quietly you go about your business, they’ll promptly drop everything they’re doing (and by that, we mean grazing) and huddle towards you. Back at the lodge, you’ll find four generously appointed bedrooms (each with king-sized beds and ensuites complete with oversized baths) and two sprawling living rooms with polished concrete floors and fully fitted open-plan kitchens. You could hire one half of the lodge if you’re travelling with a small family or want an intimate-couple experience, or the whole thing – ideal for up to four couples or large families. Whatever you do, make sure you visit the Josef Chromy restaurant next door for dinner. Head chef Matt Adams’s fall-off-the-bone lamb short rib is a stand-out.
338 Relbia Road; 0419 871 478
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