THERE is plenty to see and do across the pristine Tasmania island, and new accommodation offerings from which to choose.
Storytelling guest house
AT THE base of The Nut, the Ship Inn Stanley on Tasmania's North West Coast has been re-imagined as a storytelling guest house. It was built in 1849 by the grandfather of Australia's only Tasmanian born Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Lyons. The new owners have restored the Inn offering seven suites, uniquely crafted with original artwork and artefacts, bespoke joinery and custom fittings. There is also a yoga studio and gym in the old stables and each stay includes continental breakfast at no extra cost.
Architectural beachfront luxe
THE Low Head Beach House is a minimalist, contemporary house that sits in the sand dunes of Lagoon Beach, 40 minutes north of Launceston. Each of the three king bedrooms has its own ensuite, making it ideal for three couples or friends. The open plan living area is spacious with large floor to ceiling windows framing panoramic views of Lagoon Beach and historic Low Head Pilot Station, CafA[c] and Museum.
Local art adorns the walls and the stringybark dining table sits like a work of art in itself, in the centre of the room comfortably seating up to 10. The fridge is stocked with the basics and guests can also pre-order produce, local seafood, Tamar Valley wine, or a private chef experience. It's also a great base for golfers with Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm golf links courses a 45- minute drive away. Info: lowheadbeachhouse
RAFFAH House is a historic home in Oatlands, one of Tasmania's oldest settlements. It has the largest collection of sandstone buildings in Australia. The brand new kitchen is fully equipped and leads into the cosy sitting room complete with an open fire. Info: raffahhouse.com.au.
NOVO Luxury Apartment is a newly renovated three-bedroom apartment in Penguin, on Tasmania's north west coast. It's in a c.1912 heritage listed property, directly opposite Penguin Beach and the town's foreshore area. The interior features exposed brick walls, contemporary artwork, natural timbers and luxe soft furnishings creating a comfortable retreat. The modern kitchen and living areas open out on to a large entertaining area with spectacular 180-degree views of Bass Strait, perfect for watching the sunrise and set from the timber daybed. Info: novoluxuryapartment
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