The Heritage Highway has a fascinating history, enriched with tales of colourful 19th century characters, such as convicts, bushrangers, entrepreneurs, and farmers. Many of the colonial homes built two centuries ago have been beautifully restored as heritage accommodation, showcasing original features while incorporating modern creature comforts. Relax in the charming cottages, barns and estates, and imagine life in the 1800s. Here are our tips on finding heritage accommodation in the towns along the Heritage Highway – the perfect base for exploring all that the region has to offer.
1. Evandale Stables Accommodation provides self-contained country accommodation in beautifully restored stables at Evandale. The three National Trust listed cottages were built in 1843 and have been stunningly refurbished with modern facilities. Each cottage has its own delightful character.
2. Arendon Cottage is a charming, two-bedroom Georgian Cottage that has been renovated and returned to its original design. The cottage is fully self-contained, and breakfast is included.
3. Greg and Gill’s Place offers home-away-from-home cottage accommodation in the gardens of one of Evandale’s oldest homes (c. 1826). The cottage is divided into two self-contained flats, one suitable for three guests and the other accommodating up to six people. A noble elm tree separates the cottage from the old house, and there is a lovely rural outlook across fields to the Great Western Tiers mountain range. Breakfast will make your mouth water, with fresh free range eggs and bacon, home cooked bread and biscuits, and home-bottled fruit and jams.
4. The Stone House offers beautiful heritage bed and breakfast accommodation overlooking the South Esk River at Perth. The house was built by convicts in 1825 for Reverend John Youl, the first Tasmanian clergyman to serve the Northern Tasmanian community, and features Georgian architecture, French windows and a stunning fanlight entrance. Indulge in some top quality Tassie produce in front of the open fire, swim in the pool, read a book in the conservatory, enjoy the outdoor spa, and stroll through the English gardens.
5. Brickendon Estate, near Longford, offers a delightful collection of self-contained historic farm cottages. The Coachman’s and Gardener’s Historic Cottages offer traditional colonial accommodation, featuring open fires and old fashioned baths (with modern facilities). Pumpkin, Sweet Corn and Pea Farm Cottages were built from recycled materials, and enjoy magnificent views of the English-style countryside. Old Farm Cottage boasts a modern ambience with the character of an 1830s cottage, and is located in the heart of the Farm Village, looking towards the quaint gothic chapel. Explore the 19th century scented gardens, watch the daily workings of a contemporary farm, take the ‘Convict Walk’ to Woolmers Estate, and catch the morning animal feeding.
6. Woolmers Estate is a significant example of a 19th century rural farm settlement in Australia. The site offers colonial accommodation across six self-contained cottages, built in the 1840s, that can accommodate between two and six guests. Four free settler cottages have been designed to appeal to groups of friends travelling together, and were once home to tradespeople on the estate. Take a guided tour of the magnificent main homestead, explore the grounds, admire the colonial buildings, and stroll through the highly acclaimed rose garden.
7. Panshanger Estate offers boutique bed and breakfast accommodation at a grand 2,400 hectare estate, owned by the host’s family for the last century. The house was built in around 1835 and is classified by the National Trust. Fly your own plane to the estate’s private airstrip, or drive past sheep, wheat, cattle and poppies to the sandstone homestead. The spacious, self-contained apartment was once a children’s nursery, and exudes the ambience of a bygone era. Stroll through the extensive English gardens and woods, play tennis, fish for trout, relax under a shady tree, and taste fruit from the orchards and berry patches (in season).
8. The Racecourse Inn is a gorgeous former coaching inn built in 1860. The inn has been tastefully restored as a luxury bed and breakfast, with climbing roses covering the convict-made bricks. Soak up the historic ambience in the five spacious en-suite rooms. The cosy dining room with wood fire features one of only two barrel vaulted ceilings in Tasmania. Your stay includes a full cooked Tasmanian gourmet breakfast, featuring fresh produce from the chickens, orchard and kitchen garden.
9. Longford Boutique Accommodation is a Georgian heritage-style bed and breakfast located in the centre of Longford. Stay overnight in one of the three ensuite guest rooms, or the modern, two-bedroom self-contained cottage. Help yourself to the breakfast items provided.
10. Cressy House Estate Farm Stay is a family farm offering fully self-contained apartment accommodation (part of the main house). The house was built in around 1827, and sits in beautiful natural surrounds at Cressy. Relax on your own private veranda and enjoy the view to the mountains and farm animals in the paddock. You can also do a spot of fishing on the nearby river or play golf at the Longford Golf Club.
11. Ivy on Glenelg (c. 1838) provides bed and breakfast and self-contained accommodation at Campbell Town, with three tastefully furnished options. The Doctors Wing has two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, wood and electric heating and private bathroom facilities. Dry Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, combined bedroom and sitting room, queen-size bed, en suite bathroom facilities and disabled access. The Turnbull Suite has a spacious combined bedroom and sitting room with queen-size bed and private bathroom facilities. Relax in the sun-drenched courtyards or take a stroll in the cottage gardens.
12. Christopher Hall’s Colonial Accommodation is a convict-built, sandstone Heritage-listed house that was built in around 1846. The accommodation is a completely separate part of the large house and has its own entrance. It is private and quiet, and is tastefully furnished to reflect a bygone era. The fireplace in the living room is ideal for those cold Tassie nights.
13. Ross Hotel was built in 1835, and is one of the town’s most iconic buildings. Today, nine rooms are on offer: two family rooms, a queen room, four double rooms, and a twin room. Relax and imagine days gone by, as the soft colours, sash windows and colonial decor of this historic watering hole take you back in time. Careful refurbishment provided modern conveniences, but its traditional elegance has been beautifully preserved.
14. Somercotes offers unique self-contained accommodation near Ross. Stay on one of the original Tasmanian colonial estates (c. 1823), which is still inhabited by the descendants of the original settlers. The cottages are lovingly restored to retain their historic ambience with all of the modern conveniences. There are one and two bedroom cottages available, set amongst the private gardens. Wander the cottage gardens and marvel at the buildings, double-thatched dairy and unusual stonework of the barn.
15. Oatlands Manor offers self-contained heritage cottage accommodation in a stunning country setting near Oatlands. The property was established in 1854 and is registered with the Heritage Council and the National Trust. Enjoy the rustic charm and rural views, watch the sheep graze in the paddocks, and relax with a good book.
16. Amelia Cottage is just one of the National Trust buildings in the sandstone town of Oatlands. Experience colonial living in this spacious stone cottage, which can accommodate up to nine people. Stoke up a roaring fire in the stove while you prepare a hearty dinner, while enjoying the complimentary port, sherry and plunger coffee.
17. Forget-Me-Not Cottage has been converted from sandstone stables built in 1838, and offers self-contained accommodation. The cottage is beautifully furnished in colonial style with antiques, warm timbers and a stained glass cathedral window. It sleeps up to four guests, and features a country-style kitchen and a claw-foot bath with shower. Enjoy the complimentary port, sherry and ground coffee.
18. Lakeview Cottage was built in 1827, and the original sandstone cottage has been fully restored and refurbished. This self-contained, heritage accommodation can accommodate up to seven guests and features a wood fire, underfloor and gas heating, a modern kitchen and laundry, and a luxurious bath. Explore the Lakeview property’s historic buildings, including stables, barn and shearing shed. Dry stone walls and a convict-built stone well add to the rustic charm of this gem.
19. The Heritage Post Office (c. 1835) offers bed and breakfast accommodation directly opposite Callington Mill. The Georgian sandstone building was constructed by convict labour and is steeped in history. A continental breakfast is included, and can be enjoyed on the deck overlooking the lovely gardens.
20. The Jenny Wren is a circa 1830 Georgian worker’s cottage that has been fully restored. It offers self-contained accommodation, with a continental breakfast included, and views across to the Callington Mill and other charming Georgian cottages. Get in quick—this one is becoming a private residence from 25 June 2018!
21. Oatlands Lodge Colonial Accommodation offers ensuite rooms in a classic Georgian two-storey, convict-built sandstone house (c. 1834). Enjoy a large cooked breakfast served in the elegant dining room. The historic atmosphere of this National Trust classified building is enhanced by the fine colonial style furnishings. The guest lounge has a welcoming wood fire.
22. Armytage House, at Bagdad, is an 1800s sandstone barn that has been converted into luxurious accommodation. The original features of the sandstone and convict brick walls are a highlight. A mezzanine loft queen bedroom overlooks polished oak flooring, with a fully equipped kitchen and lounge. The second queen bedroom and bathroom (with a double spa) have a beautiful polished concrete floor. Quality Tasmanian leather and timber furnishings have been used throughout. There is also a large garden with numerous fruit and nut trees and barbecue facilities.
For our full list of accommodation, see Where To Stay.
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