Hawthorn Villa Stables… we’ve already talked about the extensive grounds, discovered during last year’s Quilts in the Garden project and seen in person during our recent visit to Launceston for Festivale. We also made a brief introduction in our Carrick Park Pacing Club article a while back. And now, at long last, it’s time to talk about the actual accommodation provided by owners Innes and Nicole Pearce. And like all the other mentions we’ve made so far, we’ve nothing but positive thoughts.
Hawthorn Villa Stables: North Tasmania
The location of Hawthorn Villa Stables is perfect for exploring the Tamar Valley and North West Coast regions of Tasmania. Less than a 15 minute drive from Launceston, staying in Carrick has you close to the action yet in a quiet, country spot. For those arriving in the state to start a holiday, the Launceston airport is about 20 minutes away. The Spirit of Tasmania arrives in Devonport, only a 40 minute drive from the self-contained accommodation property.
The owners meet their guests on arrival, and live in a separate home on the property. They are on hand to ensure everything is in order, but discreetly retreat to their own space once check-in is complete. Innes and Nicole have a knack of providing special touches to suit the occasion. Each of the four units is undoubtedly decorated with flowers from the garden; but we also found chocolate biscuits awaiting! Now how did they know chocolate would win my heart?
Okay, maybe I’ve mentioned my penchant for chocolate before, possibly even several times… so it was a very thoughtful gesture. Our lovely neighbours were preparing for a wedding, and Nicole surprised them by gifting a bottle of champagne to enjoy as they dolled up. Combined with a magnificent setting for photos (right outside the front door of the accommodation), Hawthorn Villa Stables seems to have all bases covered for impending nuptials in Tasmania.
Innes and Nicole Care About Their Guests
Hawthorn Villa Stables would be suitable for couples on tour; a corporate or group get-together and families too. Our loft bedroom was accessed by a sturdy wooden staircase, and had a single bed alongside the very comfortable queen-sized version. Innes and Nicole can provide extra bedding for a child to sleep in the downstairs lounge area if required. The comfortable leather couch was also the perfect length for stretching out.
Generally, when I write reviews of accommodation for Think Tasmania, I don’t focus too much on the bathroom. As long as it’s clean and serviceable, that’s pretty much all that matters, right? Maybe so, but having taken umpteen photos of the bathroom at Hawthorn Villa Stables, I was clearly impressed enough to mention it here. It would rival any bathroom for the title of “cleanest ever”, that’s for sure. Every surface was so sparkling, it looked brand new. The towels were heavenly… huge and fluffy. And the water pressure was just right. Obviously I do focus on the bathroom!
Self-Contained Accommodation Near Launceston
The accommodation at Hawthorn Villa Stables is self-contained, allowing guests to prepare their own meals. I like that. It’s true, I do like someone else to prepare meals for me, and really enjoy eating out at restaurants. But I also love the option of preparing snacks for a day-trip (especially when the kids are with us) and cooking a simple breakfast when it suits me.
The kitchen was compact, clean and stocked with basic cooking essentials. Innes and Nicole can also provide a breakfast basket loaded with goodies for those that request the service. Eggs are supplied fresh from resident chooks; and you should see how yellow the yolks are!
So that’s our thoughts about the accommodation at Hawthorn Villa Stables. You knew it would be good, because we only write about good places! And you might think that’s all we could possibly have to share about a small town like Carrick… but no! We have more to come yet. We have a list of reasons to return to Carrick for another visit, and we have a feel-good story about a delivery to Entally Estate in Hadspen, which is just up the road.
And that’s just for starters; we’re also keen to explore the suggested northern Tasmanian touring routes that Innes and Nicole plan to prepare. We won’t even mention the secret we have in store for readers of Think Tasmania (that may or may not involve a giveaway with accommodation at Hawthorn Villa Stables as the prize)…
Hawthorn Villa Stables are at 1 Church Street in Carrick, Tasmania. Email Innes and Nicole Pearce or phone (03) 6393 6150 for bookings. You can also follow Hawthorn Villa Stables on Facebook. We stayed at Hawthorn Villa Stables as guests for Think Tasmania.
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