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Sunday 10 December 2017

A delightful step back to Hobart in the 1880s

One of Hobart's most gracious old homes, National Trust-listed Corinda, has recently undergone a tasteful renovation.

Whether you are looking for an authentic colonial-style guest house experience, a garden suite or a more modern accommodation option, the Corinda Collection has all bases covered. 

Owner Julian Roberts'  great-great-grandfather, wealthy timber merchant Alfred Crisp, built this magnificent private house – one of Hobart’s biggest - in the early 1880s. He went on to become Lord Mayor of Hobart.

Ideally situated for exploring southern Tasmania’s world-class attractions like MONA, Port Arthur and Maria Island, Corinda is tucked away in the heritage suburb of Glebe. There are views across the city to Mount Wellington but you are just a short stroll to the Hobart waterfront.

With the harbour and local parkland, this unique boutique hotel has several spacious bedrooms, and various outbuildings and cottages. All are different, furnished with original antiques and mellow textiles. 

Many original features including high ceilings, timber work, coloured glass, fireplaces, ornate cornice work, ceiling roses, floorboards and iron lacework remain and enhance the main home’s character.

Contemporary updates have been sensitively incorporated and the use of Victorian colours and paint techniques preserve the delightful ambience of stepping back in time - but with all modern comforts.

The three garden cottages have been fully restored with new bathrooms and kitchens and are designed for those looking for self-catering, while there is also the option of modern, self-catering pavilions. 

Breakfast in the main guesthouse is a highlight, featuring fresh home-baked bread, eggs from the owners' own farm and crisp organic bacon all enjoyed on an enclosed verandah overlooking the courtyard. 

The traditional European formal parterre garden retains several of the established trees and box hedges planted in the 1880s and a stone garden wall. Perfect for an afternoon of reading, or perhaps a game of croquet on the lawn.

Owners Julian Roberts and his Spanish wife Chaxi previously ran Brockley House Estate on the East Coast for several years and have the art of understated hospitality down pat.

Little touches like an honesty bar in the lounge, with a range of Tasmanian spirits and liqueurs, and ultra-fast NBN broadband add to the relaxing experience.  

Garden tours and cooking lessons are available by request, and future plans include pop-up dinners (Chaxi is an excellent cook).  

Rooms start from $299. See

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