Welcome to Huon Valley House, a luxurious, custom-built home on the bluff overlooking the Huon River, just 30 minutes from Hobart CBD. A great base to explore the Huon region wine, food, arts and crafts and wilderness adventures.
- Free wi-fi
- Free off-street parking
- Children are welcome - free use of port-a-cot and high chair
- Quality bathroom products and all linen included
This large, luxurious, single level home features floor-to-ceiling windows and is set at the end of a flat acre of expansive lawns and native landscape, with expansive views of the rural surrounds, bird life and the majestic Huon River. The homeâ€™s main construction type is recycled solid bricks from early 1900â€™s warehouses across Melbourne.
The house has been designed by the owners Tony and Angela who have a passion for design, architecture and landscaping, and was built in 2009. The home has open spaces with views all around, is light and airy and has a well-designed kitchen featuring Caesarstone bench tops, dish draw dishwasher and 900mm induction cooking.
There are no steps of any kind inside the home, and just one small step at the entrance to get into the home from the entrance. There are large ironbark decks from the lounge, master bedroom and kitchen - all with great views, including river.
The spacious master bedroom has a separate walk in robe and ensuite with two separate basins plus fantastic views.
There are two dining and living spaces, and a kitchen courtyard offers fresh herbs and occasional veggies. There is plenty of comfortable seating to relax in the spacious living areas. Bedrooms have 100% NZ pure wool carpets and with porcelain tiles in remaining living zones. Both bathrooms feature screenless showers with large-format overhead shower heads. Warm passive solar design is backed up with heating and air conditioning.
There are plenty of books, board games and DVDs, as well as free-to-air tv and a radio (check out the quirky Huon FM @ 95.3).
Close by is the renowned Summer Kitchen Bakery, selling organic wood-fired sourdough breads plus pastries and excellent coffee. Nearby Ranelagh General Store offers gourmet burgers, fries and calamari, and great coffee as well.
Home Hill Winery is also nearby at Ranelagh, offering boutique local wines and gourmet meals. In 2015, Home Hill Wines won two major trophies at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. You can also visit Hartzview, Elsewhere, Panorama and St Imre vineyards in the Huon Valley.
Huon Jet Boats are based at nearby Huonville.
For the family, it's a short walk to the Huon Valley Caravan Park hobby farm where you can watch pigs being fed, hand-feed chickens, sheep and goats, watch cows being milked and see cheese making demonstrations. Across the river at Glen Huon is the Pelican Point alpaca farm, which also welcomes visitors. The Huonville outdoor heated public pool is also a hidden gem with 50 metre pool, undercover seating and plenty of lawn to relax on.
Other regional attractions include the Tahune Airwalk and Eagle Hanglider flying fox. On the way to Tahune, you can stop at Geeveston for lunch and check out the Forest and Heritage Centre. Masaaki's is a must for sushi lovers.
Further south are Hastings Caves and thermal pool, and the historic Ida Bay Railway.
The Wooden Boat Centre is located in the quaint village of Franklin, along with Village Antiques. Franklin is just 10 minutes from Ranelagh and provides excellent access to the Huon River waterfront. Try Franklin Marine for fishing supplies and advice.
At picturesque Cygnet you'll find plenty of fine local food, galleries, arts and crafts, and second-hand stores. Farm gate sales are available from the nearby Nicholls Rivulet Organic Farm.
To relax, try Huon Natural Healthcare for reflexology, massage therapies and herbal medicine.
Also in the Huon is Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider, the largest organic apple orchard in Australia. You can visit them at The Apple Shed museum, cider house and cafe on the Huon Highway. Another cider house and cafe is Frank's at Franklin, and cellar door sales are available from Pagan Cider at Cygnet.
For whisky lovers, try Tasmanian premium whiskies at the Lark Distillery on Davey St in Hobart, or the Nant Whisky Bar at Salamanca.
A quick 3 km drive to the Huonville township provides access to supermarkets including Woolworths and IGA, petrol stations (including a 24 hour convenience store), Australia Post, banks, pharmacy, bakery, cafes, restaurants etc, as well as a local chocolatier.
Please note we request our guests to avoid excessive noise and rowdy house parties. We have lovely neighbours with a young family :)
Food: Many local eateries, including our favourites - Lotus Eaters, School House Cafe and the Red Velvet Lounge at Cygnet, The Cat's Tongue and Huon Manor at Huonville, Masaaki's Sushi at Geeveston, Summer Kitchen Bakery and Ranelagh General Store at Ranelagh.
Drink: Various wineries and cider houses, including Hartzview, Elsewhere, Panorama and St Imre vineyards, and Willie Smith's, Franks and Pagan cider makers. For whisky lovers, try Tasmanian premium whiskies at the Lark Distillery on Davey St in Hobart, or the Nant Whisky Bar.
Adventure and sightseeing: Huon Jet Boats, Tahune Airwalk and flying fox, Hastings Caves.
Historic: Wooden Boat Centre, antiques shopping, Ida Bay historic railway, Geeveston Forest and Heritage Centre.