In a room of Hatherley House.
Welcome to the contemporary b&b that gives you both the past and the present.
King Street is one of Launceston's finest streets. Its houses were built in the 1830s and '40s. Hatherley House, a former grand home, has had just four owners. Today, it's Tasmania's first five-star bed and breakfast. A lovely reminder of genteel times, this French colonial building and its gardens are on the National Trust Register.
Hatherley House is just seven minutes' walk from the city of Launceston. Its grounds and gardens, featuring rare magnolia, roses, camellias, hawthorn and box hedges, seem to extend to the snowcapped peaks of Ben Lomond National Park. Ancient pears grow in the orchard along with almonds, figs and quinces. Quiet secluded retreats with seating are tucked here and there perfect for relaxing and enjoying the surrounding beauty.
Inside there are several common guest areas such as the library which is stacked with books. It's also the setting for afternoon tea. Guests can visit the French-style farm kitchen and share a cappuccino with the chef.
There are nine suites to choose from. All have white bathrooms with stainless steel fittings, Tasmanian timbers, glass hand-basins, spas, under floor heating and heated towel rails. Beds are king size and covered with exotic silk spreads. Each room has a flat screen DVD television, high speed Internet access, and a fax machine.
Hatherley's deluxe suites are on the upper and lower levels of the house. Some have views to Ben Lomond and others over the gardens. They vary in size and some have separate sun rooms all have original fireplaces.
The Empire Superior Suite is furnished with traditional pieces and paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The room's lavish bathroom is white with a free-standing bath and over-size shower. The suite also has an emperor-size bed, black marble fireplace, a sun-lit verandah and National Park views.
Hatherley's Romantic Suite has a summer-white decor, subdued lighting and an enormous bathroom. There is an original fireplace and contemporary works of art grace the walls.
The Ballroom Suite was once just that. Its high ceilings, French doors, fireplace and original gilt mirror set the scene for many grand balls and dances. Now, with the addition of translucent glass walls and ceilings, it's a comfortable and roomy place to stay. The suite has Italian stainless steel sculptures, and a verandah.
Breakfast at Hatherley House is inspirational. You can take it in the kitchen, breakfast room or in your own room. The delicious menu has an emphasis on local produce such as eggs, salmon and fresh fruits.
Launceston is Australia's third oldest city and is surrounded by parklands, rivers and waterways. There is tempting shopping, cafes, restaurants, bars and a wonderful range of Tasmanian works of art.
Launceston is close to Cradle Mountain, the West Tamar, George Town, the Pipers Brook wine route, and the Cataract Gorge. The historic townships of Evandale, Longford and Westbury are nearby. Wherever you go, you are sure to be welcomed by the friendly locals.