Have a farm stay in quaint cottages with glorious gardens and head back to the colonial days.
The Archer Family has owned and run Brickendon for almost 180 years, spanning seven generations.
Visitors to the farm stay in quaint cottages with glorious gardens which reflect early colonial life in Tasmania.
William Archer arrived from England in 1824 and joined his brother at Woolmers until moving to land on the opposite side of the Macquarie River. He began building the farm complex in 1826 with Ticket of Leave tradesmen and assigned convict labour, developing the first area of Brickendon.
The farm is 450ha and grows poppies, grass seeds, barley, wheat, oats, triticale and vegetables. They also run 1500 medium/fine merino sheep which are shorn in June, October, December and February. They also fatten 200 heard of young cattle each year.
The homestead, which houses three generations of Archers, has two wings built around a central courtyard. The large bell was used to announce meal times or warn of danger. It has been hanging there since 1836.
The village is a complex of convict-built buildings in a village setting. There are a couple of cottages, a poultry shed, smokehouse, pillar granary, blacksmith shop and cookhouse, shearing shed, draught horse stables and a delightful Gothic chapel.
There are five cottages at Brickendon. Three are farm cottages overlooking the valley, farm and river. Each is self-contained and they have the whimsical names of Pumpkin, Sweet Corn and Pea and a Pod.
The Coachman's and Gardener's Cottages were built during the 1820s and '30s and are furnished with colonial antiques and Australian memorabilia. Bathrooms have deep baths and shower, plus there are open log fires and a nice touch is a decanter of port and homemade biscuits provided.
Farm animals are a hit with everyone horses and donkeys, pigs, ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep, cattle and chickens are all there and can be fed by visitors.
Other real country things to do are baking dampers, old style games, farm walks, shearing, making pottery and exploring early Colonial architecture.