In a recent article, I raised the issue of overpriced holiday accommodation being the cause of dwindling tourist numbers for Tasmania. Lakeview Cottage falls outside of this category. The convict-built sandstone cottage with a modern extension can be found on the edge of Oatlands and it is excellent value for money. In 2011 we paid $110 a night for two adults and for this we had the run of the house, most outbuildings and grounds.
On arrival, we collected the key from the Heritage Highway Visitor Centre adjacent to the Callington Mill. The staff at the Visitor Centre are very friendly and helpful, possessing customer service skills that so many lack.
After a two minute drive we arrived at the entrance to the grounds of what appeared to be a kind of Tasmanian history museum. The vast array of outbuildings and farm implements were in character with the sandstone cottage. It’s only when you go around the back that you see a modern extension that forms the family room, dining area and kitchen.
Before we had entered the cottage, a lady arrived to make sure we were comfortable and that the fire was blazing. She came each morning to check we had milk and firewood.
Modern Comforts; Heritage Home
When Jeanette first sighted the modern kitchen I knew I had made the right choice. The impressive stainless steel curved island bench top and separate cook-top/range was more than adequate for my girl. In-floor heating and double glazing ensures that the lounge and dining area is comfortable on the cold, frosty mornings that Oatlands regularly receives.
The original sandstone cottage has one double and two single bedrooms but if you include the double in the sleep-out and four singles in the stable master’s quarters, Lakeview Cottage has the capacity for ten.
Experience: Convict-Built Sandstone Cottage
Sleeping in a sandstone bedroom is quite an experience. I had to stoop to pass through the doors and use a torch for the nightly toilet ritual. A visit to this bathroom is an experience in itself as the renovation has tastefully combined the use of sandstone with Colorbond linings.
Lake Dulverton can be seen from the garden and a ten minute walk will take you to the path around the lake. It takes about the same time to get onto the main street of Oatlands where there is more than enough to keep you occupied for a couple of days.
Oatlands makes an ideal base for touring the region. Hobart is only an hour away but Ross and Campbell Town are even closer. It’s even handy for day trips to Launceston in the north and the coastal town of Orford, along a back road, to the east coast.
For reasons of privacy, I have deliberately avoided including photos inside the cottage but there are images on the Lakeview Cottage page on the Heritage Highway Tasmania website. When you’re next considering Oatlands, why not consider convict-built sandstone accommodation… Lakeview Cottage? You’ll be in for a treat.
Roger Findlay spends all his holidays in Tasmania, then writes about the experience for Think Tasmania. If you’d like Roger to visit you in the name of research (so we can publish information about your business) please contact us.