Living the dream… that’s certainly what we’ll be doing, when we land at Eagles Nest Retreat. Dianne and Des Brown (of Love in Tasmania fame) and their family have just introduced the world to the latest “nest” at their high-end accommodation property near Sheffield in the state’s north west. Dan Fellow, who was at the official opening, tells us in his typically understated way that it’s “really nice, as you would expect”. And from the sounds of the press release, it’s something pretty special.
Dream a Little Dream…
But you know the deal with Think Tasmania, don’t you? We like to form our own first-hand opinions! So we’ll be heading along to Eagles Nest Retreat soon… to gaze up at Mount Roland, take a few holiday snaps and let you all know what to expect when you make your own booking. Here’s a copy of the press release (word for word). You’ll see why we’re getting so excited…
Eagles Nest Retreat Builds a New Nest
On July 20, Nest III will be officially opened by Scott Bacon MP Minister for Tourism. This latest addition in the extravagant trilogy will offer discerning travellers a captivating new haven to make their wishes come true. Very fitting, given it all started with a humble dairy farmer’s dream.
Ten years ago, tourism industry pioneers Des and Dianne Brown left the herd to open the island state’s first stand-alone luxury accommodation. Despite ruffling a few feathers with his “crazy” dream, Des took the leap of faith and wife Dianne backed him all the way.
Their first Nest was opened by the late former Premier Jim Bacon who applauded the couple by saying a dream is not enough, you also need courage.
“People with courage and commitment, and an eye to the future are really the ones who are building the modern tourism industry in Tasmania,” the former Premier said.
A sentiment reminiscent of the dreamer’s code: If you build it, they will come. And so it was. Nest I proved irresistible to enchanted lovers of all things fine, giving rise to a new dream. In 2008 Des and Dianne’s daughter, Sheree and husband Stuart Kent, created the opulent Nest II.
And now the dream lives on. With the assistance of local artisans, all aspects of the three Nests, from building design to landscaping and decor have been lovingly created by members of the family across three generations, each Nest reflecting their own dream.
The newest member of the dream team, Des and Dianne’s 7-year-old granddaughter Grace, and her dad Stuart, are the visionaries behind Nest III. Ensuring personal touches to the finest detail, the entrance features artworks by 5-year-old granddaughter Sophie. A series of nine rainbow paintings, the central one was “so big it had to be painted straight”.
But if the handcrafted decor, including old farm implements fashioned into eloquent fittings and quirky garden furniture, along with every conceivable treat just isn’t enough (did we mention your own personal chef, butler, and massage therapist, if you choose?), you can turn your gaze to the uninterrupted sweeping views of the breathtaking rock some call Tasmania’s Uluru.
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