Historic Tasmanian country estate reopens to visitors

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Slip into old-fashioned Tasmanian country hospitality just one hour from downtown Hobart. Located in the Central Highlands smack in the heart of the Derwent Valley lies Rathmore, a historic sheep farming property.


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Nearby towns of Bothwell, Hamilton and New Norfolk offer the trappings of civilisations should you need them. But more likely, once you settle into the rhythm of Rathmore, you’re unlikely to venture further than the front gate. And why would you when you can talk to animals in bucolic utopia and where platypus await at the bottom of the garden.


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Offering an authentic country lifestyle and a 9-bedroom cottage to retreat to, owners Cally and Richard Lyons have curated a tranquil 37ha sanctuary for their visitors.  New ensuite bathrooms have been installed in the four-bedroom Shearers Quarters accommodation. The heritage listed homestead of c1828 Rathmore House offers exclusive suite and bathroom options, ensuring that enhanced cleaning protocols and guest health and safety is prioritised. Rathmore Cottage can accommodate up to 6 guests, though is better suited for 4 and is a great choice for families at a great price!


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Reopening post-covid-19 from 15 June with an enticing incentive, Rathmore is offering a complimentary Starry Sky Dinner (value $400) for bookings made at Shearers Quarters or Rathmore House for minimum 8 guests (min 3 night stay).

As the world and its humans emerge from a global pandemic that’s seen us all re-evaluate our lifestyles, relationships and our health, Rathmore’s post covid response is wrapped around

  • Coronaphobia (health safety) – remember that old childhood adage: cleanliness is next to godliness? It’s trending again.

  • Coronathrift (budget restraints) – uggh, we’re hearing you!

  • Collaboration – an old fashioned approach that benefits local community and businesses


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With generations of pastoralist ancestors providing authentic, old-fashioned ‘slow living’ and ‘slow food’ as your hosts’ mothers, grandmothers & great grandmothers did, Rathmore is the kind of place where you’ll feel right at home the moment you drive through the front gate and are greeted with the kind of country welcome that makes you feel like you’ve come home.

More info: Rathmore Tasmania https://rathmore.com.au/
About the author: Fiona Harper is a Queensland-based travel writer – follow Fiona at Travel Boating Lifestyle


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