The lovely B&B.
One of the rooms at the B&B.
Catriona shoots some pool.
Find out why us city folk visit Tasmania and fall under its spell a true escape to unwind.
This elegant Victorian home was built in 1892 as a doctor's residence. It later became a boarding house and from the 1930s to the '60s was the town hospital, both taking their toll and sending the house into disrepair. The property covers three hectares upon a hill, with more than one hectare devoted to heritage gardens. Arcoona is Aboriginal for "flowing waters below", and its views of the Meander River and the Western Tiers complete the picture.
Pamela and Robin Claxton fell in love with Arcoona, despite its dilapidated condition, and restored the mellow brick mansion with its loft gables, chimneys and decorative timber, and revived the former grandeur of its garden. Now a guesthouse gathering reputation for its luxurious interior and gourmet meals, it has been classified by the National Trust.
Reminders of times past are everywhere in Arcoona beautiful stained glass windows welcome you, solid blackwood mantles and Victorian stencilling and friezes blend with today's luxuries.
In Tasmania's crisper months, visitors are kept comfortable with central heating, topped off with wonderful open fires. As you wander the halls you will find local antiques, sitting rooms and Dr Coles' billiard room. In his time it was very much a gentlemen's domain one female was allowed to enter this hallowed room once a week, and that was Dr Coles' personal maid!
There are seven bedrooms with king-size beds and ensuites with claw-foot or spa bath. Two rooms have a sitting room where you can relax and look at the garden or read a book while taking morning or afternoon tea. Twenty-four hour room service is available, as is a child-minding facility.
Breakfast is included in your stay and incorporates pastries, fruit compote, yoghurt, jams and jellies, or you can choose an à la carte hot breakfast. Arcoona has a licensed dining room where you are served gourmet meals that make the most of local meats, cheeses and fresh fruit and vegetables.
There are plenty of attractions locally, including Cradle Mountain, National Trust walks, fly fishing, eco-venture tours, cave tours and arts and crafts. If you fancy an epicurean day out, raspberry and strawberry farms, cheese factories and vineyards are close by.