Entally House

by Michelle Kneipp Pegler

Beautiful Entally House and Estate is located 15 minutes from Launceston on the Meander Valley Touring Route in the community of Hadspen.  The Estate was established by Thomas Reibey II in 1819 and is one of the best historic homes in Tasmania.

Entally House - Hadspen Estate, Tasmania
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Entally House: a fine heritage estate in Hadspen Tasmania (via Launceston)

It has Australia’s oldest conservatory, chapel, stables, carriage house and farmyard.  In 1947 the property was bought by the Tasmanian Government through the Scenery Preservation Board and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, who today still manage this enchanting property.

Entally House - Hadspen Estate
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Entally House: step back in history at the Estate in Hadspen, Tasmania

Entally House: Estate Gardens & Vineyard

Entally House sits in a large stunning garden setting which also includes a vineyard.  When I arrived and stepped out of the car the heavenly perfume of the garden was one of the first things to greet me.  If you’re a garden-lover you will certainly take pleasure in the floral displays and smells as you walk around this delightful old garden.  These gorgeous grounds are available for events and weddings.

Entally House - Estate Gardens
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The beautiful estate gardens surrounding Entally House

The interior of Entally House is beautifully preserved and presented.  I enjoyed walking in and out of all the rooms and getting the feel of what it must’ve been like to live here in this era.  You can join one of the tours or walk around the Estate at your own pace.

Entally House - Estate Library
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The estate library in Entally House, one of the beautifully preserved rooms

As with the majority of old buildings in this period of time most of the construction was done with convict labour.  You can enjoy some wine from the vineyard or treat yourself to a lovely Devonshire tea while you reflect on the history and beauty of the property.

Entally House - Estate Bedroom
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An elegant bedroom fit for the landed gentry in olden Tasmanian times

Entally Estate: Heritage Open in Hadspen

Entally House is open 10am to 4pm seven days a week (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day). Cost of Entry is $10 per adult; $8 per pensioner or student; $25 per family (2 adults and unlimited children).

Entally House - Estate Kitchen
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Take a tour of Entally House or wander the estate at your own pace

Michelle Kneipp Pegler writes a blog called Leven River Farm
about the ups and downs of her Good Life
and occasional forays delving into the lessons of the past.

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Map: Entally House, Hadspen Tasmania