This luxuriously appointed one bedroom couples' * retreat displays lovely Cygnet Bay and pasture views from the windows and French doors on all sides. 

With Architectural influences from Californian "Craftsman" Arts and Crafts and Japanese buildings with a nod to Tasmanian Vernacular, eclectic furniture and paintings by Tasmanian artists are a feature (from the owners' own collection).

Determined to shake off screen-time? An enormous thriller & general fiction library, cook books, coffee table books, specialist books about Tasmania and magazines of all kinds will keep you entertained. Or, you can just gaze out of the windows and watch the weather change while you dream the days away...

A fully equipped cook’s kitchen features a well-stocked dry pantry - much, much more than the staples - plus a fridge bursting with locally sourced seasonal goodies, generous breakfast provisions and treats.  

Tasmanian cheeses, artisan bread, free-range local bacon, fresh eggs,  Tasmanian butter, milk from the cows down the road plus a bottle of Tasmanian wine, and a decanter of port on the mantlepiece above the fire - these are just some of the things you'll find.  And chocolate biscuits too!

The charming & cosy living/dining room has an open fire, electric panel heaters and a ceiling fan while double-glazed windows and very well insulated walls make changing seasons a joy. The Swedish Art Deco extension dining table, and genuine Eames chairs from Living Edge, Sydney, are a happy part of the eclectic mix of furniture in the house (including the massive English oak Arts & Crafts era bookcase; a family heirloom at home in a modern building).

The walk-in shower in the bathroom - with excellent chemical-free and organic toiletries - is certainly big enough for two and abundant towels are supplied; close by, there’s a well equipped laundry (with dryer), clothes-drying rack, iron and board. You'll find a hairdryer in the vanity unit.

The north-facing deck is embraced by a pretty native & exotic cottage garden - the perfect place to while away an afternoon while you take in the view with a cup of espresso coffee (espresso machine, Nespresso or plunger coffee all available.) There's an extensive tea-library also.

Herbs flourish everywhere among the flowers: feel free to pick your own (in winter they're less obvious, but spring is a treat - chives sprout everywhere!) 

Birdlife is abundant with many seasonal visitors. Robins, dusky robins, finches, pardalotes, parrots, cockatoos, even the endangered Swift's Parrot and kookaburras keep company with hawks, and even eagles. Marsupial visitors include wallabies, golden possums, pademelons and bettongs (Posie doesn't like wallabies in the garden!) Tasmanian devils live under the old Apple barn close by, and rare spotted quolls (called "native cats" in Colonial times) are frequently seen in the still hours.

Free wi-fi, Netflix, end of the road privacy, a hidden valley in which to wander, and yet only 1.3 kms from creative, friendly, bustling Cygnet (great coffee, galleries and a bi-weekly farmers market) - and just 15 minutes to the Bruny ferry.

And the biggest treat of all comes in Winter when the majestic Aurora Australis lights up the sky over Cygnet Bay. That's the best light-show you'll ever see. Promise.

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* Please note: The Writers House is designed as an adults-only property and a three  (3) night minimum stay applies




  • Generous breakfast provisions sourced locally

  • Huon valley seasonal fruit and vegetables

  • cheeses and treats for that evening drink

  • Tasmanian wine or a bottle of local bubbles included

  • A decanter of port on the mantlepiece above the fireplace

  • A well-stocked dry pantry including a wide selection of groceries (rice, pasta, biscuits etc) plus oils, salt and pepper, spices & dry herbs

  • Coffee comes three ways: Nespresso, Espresso and plunger

  • Feel like baking? You're covered with flour, sugar,  icing sugar and baking ware

  • Sharpened knives!

Also, Frenchman's River provides:

  • Excellent chemical-free toiletries, warm bathrobes & a hair dryer

  • Luxurious bedding

  • Queen-sized bed and electric blanket

  • Open fire with wood supplied from our forest  (plus electric wall-heaters)

  • Double glazed doors and windows

  • Fully equipped laundry with drier

  • Free Wi-fi & a Bose sound system plus Apple TV (with Netflix)

  • Work by Tasmanian artists from the owner’s collection

  • A huge library of thrillers & other books to read (including Posie’s)

  • Fresh herbs to pick, in season

  • Wonderful water and farm views, plus a huge North-facing terrace

  • 200+ acres in which to wander

  • Complimentary Southern Lights in winter  (the glorious Aurora Australis)!

Need two bedrooms? Helmsman's House →

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