Red Feather Inn is a beautiful collection of old buildings in the town of Hadspen in northern Tasmania. I enjoyed a luxurious, overnight stay there with my husband John recently, in my role as feature writer for Think Tasmania.  Now I’d like to share my experience with you!

Old Buildings - Red Feather Inn
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Historic old buildings at Red Feather Inn, now luxury accommodation in Hadspen

Stylish Old Buildings at Red Feather Inn

by Michelle Kneipp Pegler

Built in 1842 of local sandstone, the old buildings of Red Feather Inn have withstood the test of time. What is now a luxury boutique accommodation property, was once one of Tasmania’s first coaching inns. Red Feather Inn has been a continuously licensed premises all this time, which is quite an achievement.  I’m a lover of old buildings and I was excited to be staying here within these fantastically thick old walls.  If they could talk, they would no doubt have a story or two to tell.

Old Buildings - Red Feather Inn & Cooking School
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The Red Feather Inn and cooking school located in Hadspen Tasmania

Red Feather Inn has five private suites and a two-bedroom, self-contained accommodation option known as Watchhouse Cottage. Being only 12 kms from Launceston it’s a great place to stay for some peace and quiet within beautiful surroundings.  It’s not often you can say you’ve stayed in an historic old buildings. We were here for one of Red Feather Inn’s popular cooking schools and were very fortunate to be staying over. If you attend one of the cooking classes, accommodation packages are available.

Old Buildings… Up in the Attic

The room we stayed in was called ‘The Attic’ and it was up the top of a quaint old flight of stairs.  You could imagine in years gone by, it may have been used as part of the servants quarters. As we made our way up, I wondered how many pairs of feet may have used these stairs over that time period.

Old Buildings - Near Launceston, Tasmania
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How many people have climbed the stairs of Red Feather Inn since 1842?

Our room (as with all the others at Red Feather Inn) was a mix of French Provincial meets Australian Colonial meets Modern Chic style. To our left was a lovely large comfy bed just begging to be laid on!  On the right, a cute little nook to enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, which are all provided in the room along with toaster and kettle.

Old Buildings - Luxurious Bathrooms
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Soak in the deep bath tub in the luxurious bathrooms of Red Feather Inn

The bathroom was to die for with a large, deep, free-standing bathtub which cried out: “fill me up with warm soapy bubbles please”.  Which I did. There are plenty of bath products supplied and a lovely large shower-head over the bath as well. They even have a rubber ducky to play with in the bath!  Now that’s a nice touch.  Behind the bathroom door you’ll find a couple of fluffy soft bathrobes. Also, hanging on all the walls are some great artwork that finish off the rooms nicely.

Old Buildings - Luxury Accommodation
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Heritage old buildings maybe, but Red Feather Inn is total luxury and pampering

Antiques and Artwork at Red Feather Inn

The old buildings are filled with numerous pieces of beautiful antique furniture, art works and nicks knacks. The rooms on the kitchen/dining level are quite rustic in character which I really love, as it shows off the age of the structure. The front entrance is very elegant with more beautiful furniture and artwork.

Old Buildings - Antique Furniture and Collectibles
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Antique furniture, artwork and nick knacks suit the atmosphere of the old buildings

Even though it looks like it’s straight out of the pages of a glossy magazine, Red Feather Inn still has a homey feel. Just off to the right is a very inviting lounge room where there are plenty of books, a TV, comfortable couches and a charming fireplace. Walking through the rooms made me want to wave a magic wand and have these old buildings transported to our farm.  The two dining areas are well set out and have a friendly, rustic country-kitchen feel.

Old Buildings - Fine Dining at Red Feather Inn
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There’s a rustic, country feel to the dining areas of Red Feather Inn

As the moon rose and the cold night closed in, we had a good long soak in the bubbles of the sumptuous bathtub built for two.  Then we nodded off in our warm cosy bed for the night. The next morning, refreshed from a good night’s sleep, we went downstairs to be greeted with a more than ample breakfast, shared with fellow guests at a wonderfully set table. What a lovely idea it was, to share a table with the people we’d met the previous day at the cooking school.

Ian and Tanya White

We had a really nice time chatting over our breakfast, which included the yummiest bircher muesli I have ever tasted; hot food, toast and an array of homemade jams and honeys. Everything was cooked to perfection by chef Tanya and served by her husband Ian.

Old Buildings - Tanya & Ian White
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Tanya and Ian White, chef and manager of Red Feather Inn, Tasmania

Both Ian and Tanya White are doing a marvellous job here with their fabulous accommodation and wonderful Red Feather Inn Cooking School; both ventures being extremely popular. What a truly great atmosphere this place has. After our very filling breakfast we wandered around the garden and the old buildings.  We savoured our last look around this delightful accommodation property before packing up and heading home.

Old Buildings - Hadspen Tasmania
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Stunning gardens surround the old buildings at Red Feather Inn

If only there was some way of taking the old buildings of Red Feather Inn back to the farm with me. Oh well.  We can only dream!

John and Michelle Kneipp Pegler were guests of Red Feather Inn.
Michelle writes a blog called Leven River Farm as well
as articles like this about the north west coast region of Tasmania.
If you’d like Michelle to visit you, please contact Think Tasmania.

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Map: Red Feather Inn, Hadspen Tasmania