Only recently did I discover Villa Howden, a gem about 15 minutes from Hobart, just on the outskirts of the Huon touring route. Since my first visit there, I’ve been back there a few times taking friends and family, always happy with the service and glad with how impressed my guest were with the outing!

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Beautiful buildings: Villa Howden (photo by Anelda Lötter)

Villa Howden: Tasmanian Gem

by Anelda Lötter

Villa Howden is a beautiful villa in the quiet town of Howden. From the road it looks like a Tuscan villa and you just want to enter the big gates to see what this beautiful place is all about. By closer investigation you will learn that this is in fact a boutique hotel with beautiful gardens, living areas for guests to sit and read in, great food and a peaceful atmosphere overlooking the waters of North West Bay.

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Outside dining area (photo by Anelda Lötter)

Beautiful Gardens

Villa Howden is just beautiful, both inside the hotel and out in the gardens. As you know by now, I love a beautiful garden and I love to write to anyone visiting Tasmania about beautiful places, especially those offering beautiful photo opportunities! The landscaped gardens compliment the Tuscan buildings with their beautiful blue doors and windows.

The lavender grows lavishly and the grass and paved areas leads you to the edge of the water, overlooking the bay and yachts passing by on a nice day. You can sip on tea or coffee in the outside dining area and forget that you are in fact not so secluded, but close to Hobart city via the Channel Highway, or the Huon touring route if you are here for a bit of sightseeing.

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Beautiful gardens: Villa Howden (photo by Anelda Lötter)

Dining at Villa Howden

You would also know by now that I hardly write an article without mentioning food… Villa Howden yet again impressed me with the food, which is always a good thing for a food lover like me! My first visit to Villa Howden was for a baby shower function and we booked the traditional High Tea. Now what is better than a lot of ladies having fun and laughter at a high tea at a beautiful villa! They serve High Tea on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4pm. You will receive a three tier stand and I can assure you that the food is plenty and of high quality, sure to have something for any taste!

I’ve popped in during the week and the friendly staff is always keen to offer tea or coffee and any cake or fresh scones that they have available. You can enjoy this on the outside patio or just relax on the beautiful couches in one of the reading or living rooms of the hotel.

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Traditional High Tea (photo by Anelda Lötter)

The chef at Villa Howden is originally from South Africa (I’m totally not biased towards his cooking!) and they recently added a set dinner menu to their dining list. Although I haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying the choice of a larger portion two course or the four course set menu, I’ve heard via friends that the food is beautiful and well presented, just as the villa itself.

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Upside down berry cake (photo by Anelda Lötter)

Weddings, Parties and Conference Venue

Villa Howden is a beautiful venue for weddings, intimate parties and functions as well as conferences. This beautiful gem will offer an intimate atmosphere that will provide a break from the city, without ever being too far away from what you may need on your vacation. I would sure love to take my husband there for a special anniversary – it is just a pity that we live less than 3km from there!

But hey, a change is as good as a holiday they say! If you visit Hobart and surrounds, be sure to pop in at Villa Howden, I am sure that you will also fall in love with this well hidden gem in our midst.

Anelda Lötter has her own photography business: Anelda Lötter Photography. She moved from her native South Africa to make her home in Hobart. Once a lawyer, Anelda is passionate about capturing special memories for people and promises good, friendly service. Follow Anelda Lötter Photography on Facebook or phone 0459 192 091 to find out more about her business.

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