We have so much to share following our trip to Queenstown, it’s hard to know where to start. But where better than the beginning? In this case, the beginning was an email from Joy Chappell, owner of Mt Lyell Anchorage Bed and Breakfast.
Queenstown Haven: Mt Lyell Anchorage
Joy is certainly passionate about her local region and collaborates really well with other like-minded business owners. We love that. A very good case was presented for Think Tasmania to conduct a FAMIL visit to Queenstown and Joy organised a very attractive and enticing package deal. How could we refuse?
Depending on your level of knowledge about Queenstown, you may be surprised to learn the small mining town in Tasmania’s west coast region offers such a luxury accommodation option. Mt Lyell Anchorage has been developed into upmarket bed and breakfast and self-contained facilities by Joy Chappell in partnership with her Canberra-based sister and co-owner.
The preservation of the historic Tasmanian property is clearly important to the owners. Tourists can share in a little of the state’s heritage during a stay in Queenstown, while not required to forgo the touches of elegance and quality deemed essential to discerning travellers.
West Coast Heritage Home
The main house at the Mt Lyell Anchorage establishment was built in Zeehan in the late 1890s as a mine manager’s residence. The building was moved to Queenstown in 1914 via the Abt Railway for use by the paymaster of Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Co. About 20 years later, it was converted to a boarding house for miners, with additional units added in the 1960s.
By the 1990s, the property was established as a private home. It was then sold to the Chappell sisters in 2007, who made the purchase with a view to creating the Mt Lyell Anchorage Bed and Breakfast business. While providing a higher level of boutique accommodation for visitors to Queenstown, the buildings have also been preserved for the future.
Joy considers Mt Lyell Anchorage a “work in progress” and has a vision for additional improvements to her current business and yet more initiatives to benefit the entire community. Like we did, you can marvel at the improvements this talented entrepreneur has already made, by flicking through a selection of “before” and “after” pictures. As you relax in the comfortable surrounds of the guest lounge, and pop next door for a cool drink from the kitchen fridge, you might be surprised at the extent of the changes.
Luxury Place to Stay in Queenstown
Here’s just a few random highlights from our stay at Mt Lyell Anchorage Bed and Breakfast in Queenstown…
Our two-night stay in the luxury Huon Room included breakfast provisions. The full kitchen wraps around a table adorned with a bowl of fresh fruit. We were able to make meals at our leisure using a full contingent of equipment and staples from the fridge and pantry.
The main house at Mt Lyell Anchorage includes a roomy guest lounge, complete with couches and an additional dining table for meals. It’s the perfect arrangement for sharing with fellow guests, or for retiring with a glass of red wine after a hard-day’s touring.
We enjoyed the most perfect weather for our long weekend. However, if we’d faced a cold snap, we would’ve been toasty-warm in our large, private room. Heaters galore, plus an electric blanket and additional rugs everywhere. Yes!
My personal favourite was the deep bath in the Huon Room ensuite, accompanied by a heated towel rail and guest robes. Here’s a hot tip, completely free: allow extra time in Queenstown for lolling! There’s so much to do (and we’ll have more on that subject soon) you need to actually schedule some down-time.
Last but not least, the proximity of Queenstown’s main attractions to Mt Lyell Anchorage will have you parking the car when you arrive, and leaving it there. You’ll pass the Paragon Theatre (which will hopefully resume in some capacity again soon) on your way to the Empire Hotel. Across the road you’ll find the West Coast Wilderness Railway station; and the base for Queenstown Heritage Tours is just up the road past the Miners Siding. Head around the corner to Orr Street for all the usual services: supermarket, bakery, bank, pharmacy, cafe and souvenir shop. The art gallery and museum are within striking distance. And if you allow time to roam a little further from your home-away-from-home, you’ll realise there’s much more to Queenstown than originally meets the eye.
Our FAMIL visit to Queenstown and Tasmania’s west coast region was made possible by…
- Mt Lyell Anchorage Bed and Breakfast: 17 Cutten Street, Queenstown TAS 7467 ~ phone (03) 6471 1900
- Queenstown Heritage Tours: 24 Sticht Street, Queenstown, TAS 7467 ~ phone 0407 049 612
- West Coast Wilderness Railway: 1 Driffield Street, Queenstown, TAS 7467 ~ phone (03) 6471 0100
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