We stayed at Prospect House Private Hotel last weekend. Thankfully we washed the car before making the 25km trek from Hobart. We could see this luxury accommodation property was going to be fancy, from the moment we turned off Richmond Road on the outskirts of town.

Prospect House - 1384 Richmond Road

Grand entrance: Prospect House Private Hotel

Boutique Luxury: Prospect House

The story of Prospect House tells of architectural survival through good times and dire. Built using convict labour, the Georgian country manor has been shaped by various guises since the 1830s. Now it’s the epitome of luxury accommodation in Tasmania.

Prospect House - Circa 1830s

Stunning gardens: heritage Tasmanian property

Upon our arrival, we were granted entrance through the electronic gates; we then negotiated the circular driveway to the guest car-park. The expansive grounds had us green with envy.

Prospect House - Gardens in Tasmania

Chess in the gardens: Prospect House

At the car-park, we were warmly welcomed. Glen ushered us through the gated sandstone entrance, and into the most fabulous courtyard you could ever wish to see.

Prospect House - Convict Heritage

Convict heritage: Richmond Tasmania

The courtyard was nestled behind Prospect House. Former stables lined one side; the accommodation building was at the rear. Apparently the original design was essential for protection from Tasmanian bush-rangers, back in the day. Conveniently for us, the sheltered quadrangle made a lovely spot for reading.

Prospect House - Richmond Tasmania

French doors open to a gorgeous courtyard

Accommodation: Richmond Tasmania

We certainly felt secure in our room, tucked away behind French doors. We could hear the occasional chirp of a bird, and that was the extent of any noise pollution. Our delightfully-decorated queen room was highlighted with a lovely green, but apparently all the suites have individual colours.

Prospect House - Luxury Accommodation

Luxury accommodation: Richmond Tasmania

We were suitably impressed by all the thoughtful little touches. Nothing screams luxury accommodation like a home-made treat in your room. We’d been invited to the conservatory for a welcome drink and afternoon tea, but we ate the macarons first. Gorgeous!

Prospect House - Luxury Accommodation

Special touches: luxury accommodation in Tasmania

Of all the places we’ve stayed in Tasmania before, we’ve never seen colour pencils provided for guests. We thought that was a brilliant, unique idea. If we’d taken a chance with the sketch pad, maybe the loveliness of the gardens could’ve realized some long-dormant artistic talent. Or not.

Prospect House - Art in Tasmania

Heaven for artists on holiday

So we didn’t draw anything. We didn’t venture to the ultra-popular village of Richmond either, which is all of 1km away. We were just happy to relax and unwind, and enjoy being at Prospect House. The complementary bikes would be handy for anyone arriving at Prospect House sans car from Hobart airport though, an 18km taxi-trip away.

Prospect House - Richmond by Bike

Discover Tasmania: Richmond by bike

Heritage Property in Tasmania

Instead of cycling into town, we browsed Prospect House and admired the outstanding heritage renovation. The Cedar Room was warm, cosy and inviting… an absolutely perfect place to linger before dinner.

Prospect House - Tasmanian Whisky

Cedar Room: Tasmanian whisky

Dinner was a real event, as was afternoon tea and breakfast. We’ll publish a Facebook album dedicated to our dining experiences, with exciting news about the restaurant. We’ve already shared some photos via social media too, if you want to see more of Prospect House.

Owners John and Libby Pooley have extended their opening sale rates until end of 2019. If you’re keen for your own visit, you can book online.

Prospect House - Bonus Extras

The extra touches: Cedar Room

Prospect House is located at 1384 Richmond Road, almost opposite the entrance to Pooley Wines cellar door. Phone (03) 6205 9740 for details or follow Prospect House Private Hotel on Facebook.

We stayed and dined as guests of Prospect House Private Hotel.

Prospect House - Private Hotel

Prospect House: formal entrance

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