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Thursday 3 August 2017

A ridiculous travel bargain in Tasmania's Gourmet Farmer country

Anyone who has watched the Gourmet Farmer television series will be familiar with the jaw-dropping natural beauty of southern Tasmania's Huon Valley.

Just a scenic walk from Fat Pig Farm, you'll find Huon Valley View Cabin - an Airbnb property that offers one of the best-value accommodation that I've come across. 

If a Friday Feast long lunch at Fat Pig Farm is on your agenda, or you plan to explore Huon attractions like the Tahune Air Walk, Cygnet's cafes and artisan stores, the Hartz Mountains or Bruny Island, then Huon Valley View Cabin should be on your radar. 

Run by a local family au fait with all the regional gourmet secrets, this former artist's studio is bright and airy and has been converted into a very cosy completely self-contained country retreat with sweeping views down to the Huon River and across the water to the delightful hamlet of Franklin. 

You'll find a comfortable double bed and a single suitable for a child, a very functional kitchen and a brand-new bathroom with shower; fast, free wifi, digital TV, DVD player, music system, a wood fire for cool winter nights and a deck for taking in the views. 

There is a dining area and comfy chairs in front of the fire.

What's remarkable is that Huon Valley View starts from just $80 a night, with $15 per extra person. That means two nights of very comfy accommodation comes in at under $200 for a couple, which makes it a ridiculous bargain. 

There is even cereal, fresh milk and coffee thrown in, alongside some cupboard necessities. The village of Cygnet is just an eight-minute drive away for those who want to stock up on goodies prior to their arrival. 

And you'll find a couple of chocolates from local chocolatier Cygneture on your pillow - you don't even find that at five-star hotels nowadays. 

It's lovely downhill 30-40-minute walk to Fat Pig Farm and several local vineyards, as well as the river - and hosts Jane and Philip will pick you up if the climb back uphill seems too arduous. 

One warning; you'll need a car, as the rustic chic cottage is on a dirt road a few clicks off the main highway, which means it is perfectly quiet and home to wildlife including possums and raptors. 

Guests are invited to stroll the grounds and help themselves to vegetables, or eggs from the resident chickens - a real country experience. 

Beaches, bushwalking, markets are all close by. My only complaint is that the towels were too small, but I find that a lot nowadays.

For those who want to rustle up a meal or two using local ingredients, the kitchenette has a microwave, induction cooktop and a bench-top oven. 

The wifi is super-fast NBN - so you get big city conveniences in the country. I'm tempted to check in and I live just down the road! 

The new series of Gourmet Farmer screens on Thursdays at 8pm on SBS TV. 

Huon Valley View Cabin is available on Airbnb at:


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