Just outside Launceston, you can take an unforgettable escape to a two-storey Georgian mansion!
In 1831 a Lieutenant Pearson Foote was given a land grant of 1420 hectares and in 1837 Calstock was built, named after his family estate in Devon.
Although most of the two-storey Georgian mansion which you see there today was built by John Field in 1853, the east and west wings are original, dating back to 1831.
Calstock was always a private residence until 1999, when the now 200 hectare property was bought by Ginette and Remi Bancal. They have made the mansion into a charming guesthouse by cleverly combining refinement with comfort and elegance with intimacy. They've also added a good daub of contemporary elegance through French cuisine.
The Bancals have used Georgian and early Victorian interior furnishings, and the original timber flooring and solid cedar doors, stairwell and archways gleam. Vast Georgian dimensions, including five metre ceilings, give Calstock a great feeling of space.
The historical and lush gardens are heritage listed and include English elm and oak. The stables are also heritage listed and it is part of the property's proud history that two Melbourne Cup winners have been bred there.
All bedrooms are beautiful and differ from each other. Chambre Ivoire is softly coloured and spacious with a king-size bed and lounge area. Large windows give views across the gardens, forest walk and across the estate to the town of Deloraine. The ensuite has a shower and spa.
Chambre Cerise has a king-size bed and rich, dark red colourings with romantic Georgian-style furnishings. It offers views of the estate and has an ensuite shower and spa.
Chambre Bleue has a queen-size bed, wonderful views of the east and south of the estate, soft toile fabrics and shades of blue, making it a charming room.
Chambre Verte is a bright and lively room with a queen-size bed and classical Greco-Roman furnishings. The ensuite has an enormous shower and bath and the room overlooks the courtyard, stables and surrounding tranquil farmland.
Suite Rustique is located in the west wing of the house. Its bedroom has twin beds, ensuite bathroom, television and lounge with tea and coffee making facilities.
Suite Automne is large enough to accommodate a family. It is quiet and private, has two bedrooms with co-ordinated, soft, autumnal coloured furnishings and a large bathroom. One room has twin beds with views of the courtyard and the other has a queen-size bed with views to the east and over the garden.
The menu is seasonal with salmon being smoked on the premises and brioche and bread made each day in the wood-fired oven. The French dining room overlooks Deloraine, but if you feel like eating further afield, the Bancals will arrange a hamper of delicious picnic food.
There is so much to do in the area north-eastern Tasmania and the Tamar Valley have beautiful vineyards for you to visit. You can walk around Cradle Mountain National Park and Mole Creek district or take a guided walk through Longford with its colonial heritage and enjoy friendly hospitality and delicious food wherever you go.
Calstock has just won the 2002-2003 Award for Best Luxury Accommodation in Tasmania.
Calstock has an extensive wine list including bottles from German, Italian, French, Californian and Australian vineyards. There is also a most impressive whisky cabinet.