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Saturday 27 September 2014

A totally private Tasmanian getaway

Far be it from me to suggest an illicit liaison, but anyone looking for a beautiful - and completely private - place to stay in Launceston, Tasmania, would be well advised to check out the two new Hatherley Birrell Collection pavilions. 

Tucked away overlooking a beautiful and stylish garden, the Magnolia and Muse pavilions are delightfully quiet and very well equipped. 

This pair of eco-friendly retreats have an Asian feel, having been inspired by Chinese lanterns. but overlook a classically European jardin folie based on 17th-18th century landscape design. 
Enjoy your own private outdoor bath

I stayed in Muse this weekend and loved the art-filled studio space with massive windows and a private deck with a large outdoor bath carved from volcanic stone. 

And for those guests looking for complete privacy and discretion you do not have to see another person for the duration of your stay. 

There is a keyless entry system so you are given passcodes for entry to the car park, your pavilion and the code for the free wi-fi (hallelujah!) in advance.

And rather than a communal breakfast, some local breakfast provisions are left in your fridge; hand-made fruit compote, yoghurt, muesli, bread for fruit toast, along with juices, milk, tea and coffee. 

This is a bonus in my view, meaning you can eat as early or as late as you wish.

The pavilions are furnished with sublimely comfortable beds, a library of in-house movies; a nicely provisioned minibar, modern bathrooms with luxury amenities (although I would have liked the bath towels to have been a little bit bigger - something that can be easily addressed).  

Both pavilions have kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, private outdoor areas, contemporary artworks, hairdryers, free and secure off-street parking and, a nice touch, complimentary port for a pre-sleep treat. Prices are around $340 per night per couple. 
The Pavilions both overlook a delightful garden

There are two other apartments in the main building of Hatherley House, a grand 1830s mansion listed on the National Estate register; The Ballroom spa apartment and La Petite Chambre Matisse - both art influenced and also designed for couples but a little cheaper. 

The Hatherley Birrell collection also comprises another apartment in Tamar Street, close to the downtown core and hosts Rebecca and Jack Birrell, a graphic designer and architect team, have the art of hospitality down pat without having to intrude on guests' privacy.

Hatherley House proper, and its pavilions, are set high on a hill overlooking Launceston and are around a 10-minute downhill walk to the cafe and restaurant precinct. The vineyards of the Tamar Valley are just a short drive away.

The Hatherley Birrell Collection. 0458 947 727.  

# I was a guest of Tourism Tasmania and the Hatherley Birrell Collection   

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