Friday, 10 March 2017

Affordable luxury: a quiet getaway in Tasmania

The Huon Valley town of Cygnet in southern Tasmania is well equipped with upmarket accommodation with Frenchman's River cottages and Coast House Tasmania both offering luxury homestays. 

For those on a more modest budget who still want to be comfortable and cosseted, Green Gables has two very comfortable and completely self-contained apartments in a gorgeous setting overlooking the water just a few minutes out of town.


Both apartments are individually decorated. One comes with its own lounge, the other is smaller but has a chic Parisian theme. 

The apartments are clean, nicely furnished and both have verandas with barbecues and their own private entrances. Both overlook lovely gardens. 

This family-run bed and breakfast not only provides breakfast provisions (cheese, fresh eggs and ham included), and can arrange for meals for late arrivals. It also delivers afternoon tea with biscuits and cakes (all home-made) daily - a perfect pick me up after a day visiting local beaches, farm stalls, cideries and wineries. 

Hosts Paul and Beate Fenton make sure guests have as much info and contact as they need; some may just prefer to watch yachts sail by on the Huon River; others may head to Hobart (45 mintues away) or Huon attractions including Tahune Forest Airwalk, Hastings Caves or the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin. 

Cygnet township, with its several caf├ęs and artists studios, is just a couple of minutes drive away; although you'll need a car.



Waterview Apartment has a king bed, lounge with TV, DVD/CD player, wireless internet and a library, along with a kitchenette with microwave, toaster, mini bar, a verandah, and a separate bathroom with a shower and double spa bath. 

The smaller Gardenview Apartment has a queen bed and private deck with outdoor seating, similar kitchenette, TV and wireless, DVD/CD player as well as a modern bathroom with fluffy towels and robes.

Prices per night for a couple start from $130 for Gardenview and $165 for Waterview off-peak ($145/$185 high season). There is a nominal two-night minimum but the owners are flexible. Apartments are serviced daily. Top value.


Green Gables B&B, 6974 Channel Highway, Cygnet, 7112. (03) 6295 0400. www.green-gables.com.au


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