Hawley House, Tasmania, NSW
Hawley House offers guests quintessential Northern Tasmanian hospitality, hosting wedding receptions, intimate conferences and overnight guests, in a unique and spectacular seaside setting, at Hawley Beach via Port Sorell, a short drive East of Devonport. Hawley is the original homestead of the 150 hectare Rubicon Estate, which has been the Houghton Family’s home for three generations. Hawley unashamedly embraces the patina created by her 130 year history, and the idiosyncrasies that come with being first and foremost a family home, not least of which is her unique rooftop bath.
Guests are accommodated in a range of spacious and individually appointed rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and breathtaking views, eclectic original artworks and furnishings. Homegrown produce is featured in the daily dining experiences, accompanied by estate-grown wines or a selection from the extensive wine cellar. Tailored menus and function packages cater for wedding receptions, conference functions, family celebrations and corporate eventsfor up to 150 guests.
Hawley is described as a veritable nature lover’s paradise, and pets are welcome by arrangement. The property is home to a vast array of endemic animals, including nearby fairy penguin and muttonbird rookeries, It is a short drive to the famous wombats of the Narawntapu National Park, and the shy Wedge-tailed eagles, and Tasmanian Devil pawprints can sometimes be sighted when exploring kilometres of nature trails that meander through the extensive wildlife reserve of coastal heathland and peppermint forest.
The house was built as a substantial country residence in c.1878, by a retired Indian Army officer, Major Dumbleton, and named after the Dumbleton family home, ‘Hawley House’ in Aldershot, England.
The ensuing 70 years were marked by general neglect and decay. Were it not for the foresight of Colonel Houghton, another Indian Army Officer, it would no longer stand today. In 1948, Colonel and Mrs Houghton fell under the charm of the unloved old house and its spectacular setting, purchased the property and brought it back to life. Until 1989, Hawley remained the Houghton family private residence, when a new chapter of her history began, focusing on hospitality and vineyards.
According to the owners : “The house now rejoices in good company, good food and good wine and revels in the luxury of musicians, artists and writers. She employs her own staff and carers, makes sure her fires are lit, insists on being painted and restored and her future has never looked so prosperous and secure. However, she still enjoys the warmth and love which come from being a family home.”
MHM was lucky enough to stay at this beautiful house recently and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality and the quirky garden, complete with ferrets and peacocks. We are arrived at the hotel in the evening and were immediately advised to take a twenty minute walk down the beach to witness the wandering fairy penguins. Perhaps they were just trying to get our boisterous kids out of the place but it was well worth the hike! After only one night stay we didn’t want to leave.
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