Basil Crisp’s Room
“This was just as beautiful and peaceful as I could have hoped for”
– Eleanor, guest
Alfred Basil Crisp, one of Alfred’s sons, was a keen amateur cyclist in the Golden Age of the bicycle. In 1895 he won Melbourne’s Austral Wheel Race, now the oldest continuously run track event in the world and still one of the toughest. In later life, as a successful Hobart lawyer, Basil was one of the pioneers of Clifton Beach, founding what is now Tasmania’s premier surfing colony there in the 1920s.
His room at Corinda features a King size bed with inlaid mahogany headboard. The handmade interior sprung mattress and latex overlay were made for us right here in Hobart by A H Beard, a specialist bedding firm founded 120 years ago. The sheets and pillowcases are of finest quality Egyptian cotton.
Framed period photographs of Basil in his heyday decorate the walls, and a full-size Vintage bicycle similar to the one he raced is on display atop the antique wardrobe.