Janette and Chris Bishop own Beachside Retreat West Inlet. They are great advocates for tourism in the state, and they invited Think Tasmania to visit and stay at their luxury accommodation in Stanley so we could research and Discover North West Tasmania. We asked Michelle, our Gunns Plains correspondent, if she would accept on our behalf and write an article. Not surprisingly, she was happy to oblige!
We recently took a road trip to the lovely town of Stanley on the north west coast of Tasmania. We were really looking forward to staying at the wonderfully located Beachside Retreat. Set in beautiful green surrounds and with the blue waters of West Inlet on the doorstep this is luxury accommodation at it’s best. Beachside Retreat West Inlet consists of four modern, superbly-appointed cabins. Each one is set within private surrounds right on the beach. There’s also a larger lodge adjacent to the homestead. Attention to design and detail is evident on the inside and outside of each cabin; this is one of the first things you notice as you stand back and fix your eyes on the contemporary lines of the buildings. They certainly have the wow factor!
Inside each cabin the attention to detail continues with welcoming colours, quality fittings and well set out floor plans. Each of the cabins has a different and distinctive lay out. Wood is used on the floors and surrounds, which gives the feeling of warmth and cosiness. All of the queen-sized beds in the cabins have beautifully hand-made, specially designed headboards made from Tasmanian timbers. The walls in each cabin are hung with attractive artwork that adds to the already relaxing feeling you get as you step inside. Every element of these cabins screams welcome: come and relax and enjoy yourself.
Luxury Accommodation, Stanley: Cabins for Couples
There are two Deluxe Eco Cabins, the Sandpiper and the Oyster Catcher. Both are wheelchair accessible and cater for couples. They are self-catering with a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, lounge/dining area, TV, CD and DVD player. Fridges are stocked with Tasmanian wines and there is full linen, heating and electric blankets on the beds. They have their own private decks with views of the water and beach.
Then there is the Pelican: a Luxury Studio Nature Cabin. This is a split-level cabin and is fitted with craftsman made furniture. The bedroom has a queen bed, electric blanket and again there’s full linen, a fully equipped kitchen, fridge stocked with Tasmanian wines, lounge/dining area, TV, CD, DVD player, heating, air conditioning and bathroom. The beautifully angled windows take in that magnificent water view. It also has a great deck overlooking the water and beach and is suited for couples.
The Sea Eagle is a Luxury Nature Cabin with Spa and just like the above-mentioned cabins it accommodates two. This is top of the range accommodation. It has a full size kitchen with European appliances and the fridge is stocked with a selection of Tasmanian wines, there’s a lounge/dining area, TV, CD, DVD player, bedroom with queen-sized bed, electric blanket, large bathroom, heating and air conditioning, full linen and it features a private courtyard with landscaped garden and steps leading to the heated spa. It has a deck with barbeque and overlooks the sea. It’s highly recommended for honeymooners or for special occasions.
Family Friendly Accommodation at West Inlet
If you are after larger accommodation there’s the three bedroom Spa Lodge that accommodates up to five guests. It is located adjacent to the farm homestead in the seaside garden area and has one double, one queen and one single bedroom. All beds have electric blankets. It’s also wheelchair accessible. Inside is a large, fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and large fridge/freezer stocked with Tasmanian wines, full linen is supplied, there’s a large dining/lounge area with an adjoining sunroom. As with the other cabins it has TV, CD and DVD player. The bathroom has a double spa bath, a shower and separate toilet. There’s also under floor heating and wall heaters. The outside deck has a barbeque and overlooks the garden and is close to the beach.
For those must-do chores we still have to carry out even on holiday, there is an onsite laundry, which has a washing machine, coin-operated dryer and outside drying lines. Accommodation is non-smoking inside, ashtrays are provided on the decks. Wheelchair access and wheelchair friendly bathrooms are available in both Eco Cabins and each has ramp access into the cabins. The Spa Lodge has wheelchair entry and although the bathroom is not wheelchair friendly there is a large independent access bathroom built to Australian standards with full showering and toilet facilities on site. The Nature Cabins are not accessible by wheelchair.
Private and Tranquil: True Beachside Retreat
Each cabin at Beachside Retreat is superbly situated to capture the stunning water views and they are very private. They’re positioned perfectly in tranquil serene surroundings ensuring a quiet and relaxing stay. There’s lots of Tasmanian wildlife to see with many bird species on view in the day; and at night the nocturnal animals come out to visit. This is also a working farm where you will catch sight of Chris and Janette’s beautiful Maine-Anjou cattle grazing in boarding paddocks. If you feel like exploring you could take one of the Beachside Retreat Tours; there are four available taking in the striking scenery of the north west.
Stanley: A Delight from Any Angle
While out and about in Stanley have a meal at one of the many eating places. Take a stroll along the main street and check out the quaint shops, the Discovery Museum, art galleries and studios. Head on over to the wharf area and experience a Stanley Seal Cruise or visit the Seaquarium. Drop into historic Highfield House and find out about the history of the area. Take a chairlift ride or walk to the top of the iconic Nut and treat yourself to some of the best views around. There are many things to do in and around the area while you base yourself at Beachside Retreat West Inlet Stanley. Why not treat yourself and stay awhile?
Michelle and her husband John were guests of Beachside Retreat West Inlet, luxury accommodation in Stanley. For further information, bookings or enquiries phone Janette and Chris Bishop on (03) 64 581 350 or 0409 407 094.
We mentioned that Janette and Chris Bishop are great advocates for tourism in the state. And we don’t just mean the north west region of Tasmania, where they have their own property. Janette also happens to be a talented writer and photographer, and she kindly made a contribution to the website back in November last year. She chose to write about her Southern Tassie holiday, and gave a great review of the Huon Valley. We were impressed then by that generous spirit of networking; and we’re still impressed now! So we’ve asked Janette to give us more insight into her own area, and she’s agreed. We’ve published her Top Five Things to Do in Stanley article.
11 March 2013 ~ Think Tasmania readers now have an opportunity to win a self-catering accommodation package at this very property…
Michelle Kneipp Pegler 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.