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Friday 15 March 2024

Meet a new waterfront destination for gourmets

The popular southern Tasmanian town of Cygnet has new rustic chic waterfront accommodation.

It also has a new functions venue; a private dining destination and a providore producing jams, sauces and condiments showcasing local produce.

All these elements come together at Helms Bay Cottage, the brainchild of local Jenny Hassett, which officially opened this week.

Helms Bay Cottage is right on the water - with its own jetty no less - just a 10-minute drive from the township and its many cafes, galleries and artisan producers.

Guests can use the on-site sauna and hot tub, or enjoy supper by the firepit.

 The accommodation comprises one suite with a double bed and en-suite bathroom (above); two double bedrooms with a shared bathroom and a separate bunkhouse for four with its own facilities.

Hassett, former landlady of Cygnet's Commercial Hotel, also hosts private lunches/dinners for groups of between six and 10 ranging from Sunday roasts ($40 per person), to a three-course French banquet ($80 per person). Italian and seafood options are also available with diners free to BYO.

With local wine producers including Chatto, Sailor Seeks Horse, Elsewhere, Kate Hill, Home Hill and Hartzview, you are spoilt for choice.

Each of the rooms offers views of Helms Bay and there is a private veranda with a barbecue and outdoor setting.

On-site laundry facilities and fishing gear are on offer, and you can pluck oysters from the shoreline. There is also free parking.

The rooms are furnished in rustic chic style; old school but very comfortable.

The set-up is perfect for family get togethers and small weddings.

The providore side of the business is born from Jenny's passion for gardening and cooking and will be on sale at a roadside stall, as well as at local markets.

Think home-made jams, sauces, pickles, oils, and more -  all gluten free and all cooked in-house.


Private dinners start from $50 per person and are held in the cottage dining room, which has superb water views.

Call 0408 532 322 or for full details see


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