Thirty eight kilometres south of Hobart, the township of Woodbridge lies on the shores of Peppermint Bay, with views across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to the northern end of Bruny Island. The area was first explored by Bruni D’Entrecasteaux in 1792, and settlement took place in the early 1800’s by timber cutters, whalers and sealers.
Woodbridge Hill Hideaway: Indulgence
Today Woodbridge is a semi-rural area of rolling hills and winding roads, the township surrounded by small farms and craft makers. High in the richly forested hills above the township, two people are building a dream. Fintan and Ruth Downham are achieving their dream, one so unique, so romantic, and a dream they want to share with all. Seclusion, seduction and indulgence are the basis of that dream… and that dream will become your dream when you stay at Woodbridge Hill Hideaway.
Woodbridge Hill Hideaway is a holiday retreat I can only describe as an awakening of the senses. One hundred acres of forested hillside and 10 acres of lovingly landscaped gardens also in the making. From the moment you begin your drive into the property, you realise this place is something special. Native trees and towering eucalypts line the drive; native Tasmanian plants fill the underbrush as you drive to your eco-friendly cabin-style apartment.
Once parked, your cabin in front of you, the urge to open the door and see what it holds fills you. But be warned, what awaits you inside will go above and beyond your expectations. As you open the door, suddenly your line of vision is filled with a living landscape before you. A living landscape already framed in Celery Top Pine, one of Tasmania’s beautiful native timbers; a living landscape that has you standing, mouth open in wonder. Here before you lies the ever-changing magic of the views across eucalypt treetops to D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island, views so breathtaking! As you cast your eyes a little further you’ll see the Tasman Peninsula, distant peaks of Maria Island and Freycinet. The interior of the cabin is of native Tasmanian timber rescued from old growth forests, and double glazed windows perfect the sense of a frame, so no matter where you go in your cabin, the magical view is yours. But you will find yourself leaving the cabin through glass doors onto a balcony, private and covered, where this breathtaking view combined with the pureness of the Huon Channel air just assaults your senses.
Romantic Indulgence: Perfect for Pairs
Designed for romance, for seduction, these cabins are definitely designed for two. A double leather recliner seems set in the most appropriate place, as the need to just sit with a loved one and take in the view steals over you. Not only luxurious, but designed with the utmost in comfort as you find yourself curling your feet beneath you, and snuggling closer to your loved one.
As you cast your eyes from the view to take in your accommodation, thoughts of seduction fill your mind. A warm cosy wood heater sits in the corner, subtle lighting shows off a queen sized bed, made up and ready with luxurious linen, truly so comfortable and located right next to a window, where you can awaken to the views of the sheer magic of a D’Entrecasteaux Channel sunrise.
In the bathroom, the seduction continues… heated slate floor with a double spa directly beneath windows which open wide to the living landscape. As you turn on the water it flows like that of a waterfall into the bath. Indulge your desires here with a spa for two… both yourself and your lover can become one with the natural beauty that surrounds you. A vanity, comfortably big enough for two, a double shower crafted from granite with handcrafted slumped glass screens and toilet complete this oasis of a bathroom. Towels, bathrobes and slippers are all provided.
With your accommodation, breakfast is supplied. All the ingredients to cook a delicious breakfast, to be enjoyed together either at the breakfast bar inside your cabin, or take it to the balcony where you can sit and take in the beauty of the landscape while eating, and discussing your itinerary for the day ahead. In the kitchen area you will find everything needed: microwave, gas stove top, coffee maker, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. Open the fridge to find fresh eggs, bacon and juices all provided for your own cooked breakfast… bread, a selection of teas and coffee, an assortment of cereals, and spreads also provided.
Woodbridge Hill Indoor Pool
The Woodbridge Hill Hideaway experience does not stop here though. Within the property, not too far from your cabin, lies the Woodbridge Hill Indoor Pool in a beautiful building. Huge windows once again provide those magical views. Guests can make a private booking for pool use at no extra cost. Whether you choose to swim alone, or with your loved one in this magnificent indoor pool, it becomes another memorable experience. The huge windows give commanding views out over The Channel. The pool, heated via an indoor wood fired furnace, is 12 metres x 5 metres and heated to a perfect 30-32 degrees. My booking time of 7:30pm to 8:30pm on an evening in the middle of winter was enough to prove to me, this pool I would definitely recommended for all year round comfort. The extensive grounds of Woodbridge Hill, 100 acres in all, of which a large part is beautiful native Tasmanian forest is also there for your pleasure. Take a romantic stroll or even an energetic hike along one of these beautiful trails and allow your senses to be heightened.
What You Will Find in Your Luxury, Eco-Friendly Cabin
Each luxury cabin showcases a different variety of uniquely Tasmanian old growth forest timber and includes:
- Kitchen area, complete with full cooking facilities and all breakfast ingredients provided
- Queen-size bed, so comfortable, with luxury linen and where you will awaken to magical views
- Bath towels, bath robes and slippers
- Selection of assorted quality wines and beer within your cabin for purchase
- Lockable safe for storage of valuables
- Your choice of wood fire or electric heating, both options available in each cabin
- Reclining, luxurious double leather lounge
- HD Digital TV with DVD, radio and surround sound
- Free Wi-Fi hotspot access
- Double spa bath, beside which an opening window provides views of a living landscape
- Separate double shower, handcrafted from granite with handmade slumped glass screens
- Private covered balcony, complete with outdoor entertaining table and chairs, BBQ and even a hammock provided should you wish to just laze and soak up the views
With seclusion, seduction and indulgence in mind, everything is provided to ensure a luxurious and unforgettable romantic experience at Woodbridge Hill Hideaway. Book now for your honeymoon, to celebrate an anniversary with your loved one, maybe a birthday… or just to rekindle your romance. You won’t be disappointed.
NOTE ~ Proprietor Ruth Downham is also an artist, her medium is glass. Her studio is also located at Woodbridge Hill. Ruth’s beautiful artwork has been used extensively throughout the buildings here at Woodbridge Hill Hideaway, from the lavish slumped glass shower screens, to the beautiful stained glass windows which add a magical ambience to every cabin.
A further four cabins are in the planning stages for Woodbridge Hill Hideaway, and I was also given a tour of the development of Woodbridge Hill Lodge. A huge function centre still in construction stage, this building is sure to be magnificent and is bound to be sought after for functions from weddings to birthday parties. Once more, the building will feature unique Tasmanian timbers and will showcase much of Ruth’s artwork in the form of windows.
Another article devoted to Ruth and her artwork will follow soon.
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Carol and Kevin Haberle stayed at Woodbridge Hill Hideaway as guests on behalf of Think Tasmania.
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