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.
Stylish Old Buildings: Red Feather Inn
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.
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.
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.
The bathroom was to die for with a large, deep, freestanding 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.
Antiques and Artwork: Red Feather Inn
The old buildings are filled with numerous pieces of beautiful antique furniture, art works and knick 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 dream!
John and Michelle Kneipp Pegler were guests of Red Feather Inn on behalf of Think Tasmania. 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.