The SpaceCosy 1950's home with natural timber floors, light and airy with plenty of windows overlooking the garden. This home is for health and wellbeing, and is a place to unwind and find your natural rhythm. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, natural beauty, and the creative arts of the community. Biodynamic organic vegetable garden and small orchard with chickens free ranging. Two beautiful geese are the resident lawnmowers - they are placid and very sweet creatures if treated with respect and love, and are very beautiful to watch taking their bath in the paddling pool. Guest AccessCosy & comfortable Queen Sleigh Bed with organic mobel design mattress and linen and latex pillows. The bedroom has been painted with porters natural limewash paints. Comfortable living and dining room. Well equiped kitchen overlooking the garden. Laundry is outside by arrangement. Enjoy wandering and relaxing in the garden. The house is located 2 minutes walk from the visitors centre and 8 minutes from shopping centre, and 10 minutes walk from the beautiful walk around the river.
The house is cleaned with simple environmentally sound cleaning products and the organic linen is washed with biodegradable washing powder. Interaction with GuestsI live on the property in a barn behind the house. I am a natural health practitioner/movement and massage therapist. I enjoy the tranquility of the garden & sharing this lovely space with others. You are welcome to a book a remedial massage with me. I am happy to share information about the garden and share produce when it is seasonally available. Can provide regional information on bushwalks, good local food cafes & restaurants and markets, and all that is beautiful about Tasmania. Sometimes we all need places to retreat and my home is created so you can do as much or as little as you like here, and when I'm available I can assist you with your travels and what's special to enjoy about my unique part of the world. I'm passionate about facilitating healthy environments and places for wellbeing... The NeighborhoodDeloraine is a beautiful quaint small rural village that is full of crafts and arts people, loved by artists because of the natural beauty of the Great Western Tiers and the wild beauty of the wilderness beyond. The Meander River weaves it way through the centre of town, it's source high in the mountains and it's flow irrigates the farms on its way. We are surrounded by rich volcanic farmland with hawthorn hedges, some old stone walls and farm animals all makes for bucolic bliss. Us locals are an ecclectic bunch, environmentalists, nature lovers, artists, healers, farmers, beekeepers, gardeners, with our fair share of quirky & creative types and the usual mix in an interesting rural country town. We grow award winning foods in the region, including the only organic dairy in Tasmania, Elgaar farm, best spuds you'll find anywhere in the world, superb berry farms - blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
Cafes & Restaurants
My favourites are Tasmania food & Wine Conservatory, Bass Highway Sassafras, 15 minutes drive towards Devonport on left - the best regional organic & local food in an exquisite setting of a conservatory. Closed Monday & check their hours in Winter time.
In Deloraine the deli is an institution with locals open for breakfast, lunch & afternoon tea, dinner available on Friday & Saturday nights.
For dinner we have two pubs that do good quality pub fare, first choice is the Empire Hotel followed by the Deloraine Hotel, both are beautiful old pubs with a good serving of charm and great restoration of original features. The Empire does a decent coffee, and where I'd recommend for a local coffee, if you really like your coffee like me its worth the 15 minute drive to Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory.
If you are wanting a special dinner and are happy with a 40 minute drive, Launceston & Devonport have some awesome options.
My favourites in Devonport are Drift Cafe - lunch & dinner at the Bluff overlooking the sea - local & organically sourced ingredients. Upstairs is Mrs Jones Restaurant same amazing view stunning food and great service - Tassie food at it's best with the best views.
While you're at the Bluff take a walk along the beach and continue around the bluff 15 minute walk and views back to Mt Roland, you may catch the Spirit of Tassie leaving or arriving, a pod of dolphins, and maybe some brave surfers in the water.
Good cafes in Devonport are The Laneway, tucked away near the Devonport Regional Art Gallery or Playfish.
If you're in Launceston, newly opened Geronimo Bar & Restaurant has a great menu and drinks list. Pierre's is an institution. Black Cow & Stillwater are favourites, Stillwater sits on the Tamar with views to the Gorge.
Recommended cafes for coffee and lunch in Launceston are Fresh on Charles - vegetarian cafe & great night spot for live music. For a table with a view Gorge Cafe & Restaurant is great for lunch or brunch and then take the walk in the Gorge (:
We are located close to World Heritage bushwalking, including Liffey Falls 30 minute drive, take the walk to the falls, and for a longer beautiful walk continue on to the bottom carpark following the river and return the same route.
We are 1.5 hour drive to Cradle Mountain.
Some great short local walks are Alum Cliffs listed in 60 Great Tasmanian walks booklet - if you like walking check this booklet out from the visitors centre.
A lesser know walk and perfect for Summer time is Lobster Falls walk - 10 minute drive towards Mole Creek, walk is down hill to the falls and some beautiful huge freshwater swimming pools and home to our endangared Giant Fresh Water Lobsters - perfect on a hot day and enjoy a picnic on the rocks and late evening platypus can be seen, half half walk, the later part of the walk could do with some repair work, a little rocky and some slips, half hour return via same track up hill.
Half day walks to the tiers there are so many, Quamby Bluff, Mother Cummings Peak, Projection Bluff, Lady Lake Hut, and Meander Falls just to mention a few, these are all approximate half hour drive away from Retreat & Harmony, and the walks take half day or full day if you like to take your time and spend time up on the plateau enjoying the views and the botany & fauna.
My favourite well known walk in the area is the Walls of Jerasalum. You can do a day walk that will get you to the plateau and stunning views of the walls, if you are very fit you can do a big circuit walk up there and walk up Mt Jerasalum - I've done it all as a day walk, but recommend to spend at least one night up there with your tent, take your time enjoy the magical tarns and the tranquility of this ancient place and the majestic pencil forests. It's an alpine area so you need all your warm layers, wet weather gear and camping stove all year round. Feel free to ask me about walks - I'm a passionate bushwalker so happy to share any info on local walks.
Once a year in October/November we host a Craft Fair and 20,000 people descend on our little town where we showcase our Arts & Crafts and welcome local and interstate artisans to share in our festival.
We are home to a String Fest held in March each year and welcome musicians of the Stringed variety to fill the community with music and festivity. Getting AroundDeloraine is easily accessible via public transport, buses run from the airport to Launceston, and Redline buses run from Launceston and Devonport to Deloraine, check their website for times. The Meander Valley Visitor Centre is 2 minutes walk away from Retreat and Harmony and Redline buses arrive and leave from here. Other Things to NoteThe house is located in a lovely quiet street of Deloraine on a half acre block, and is generally very quiet with usual noises from the neighbourhood in a rural village.
You'll find some basics in the kitchen like milk, salt & pepper & olive oil. And there is always fresh herbs to pick from the garden, and produce seasonally available.
The Meander Valley Visitor Centre located on the main street (Emu Bay Road) is 2 minutes walk away from Retreat and Harmony and is a great source of information from locals about our region and a place for travel bookings, tour information etc.