The Coach House

As its name suggests, this is where the Crisp family’s four wheeled horse drawn carriage was kept. A contemporary framed photograph of the vehicle itself, with seven of Crisp’s 10 children on board, hangs in the building.

Originally, the Coach House would have provided additional accommodation for a pair of carriage horses, their harness, hay to feed them on and a couple of rooms upstairs for the coachman and his family. Today’s internal arrangements are a little different, with two comfortable bedrooms and, on the ground floor, a cosy sitting room with wood-burning fireplace, open plan eating area, a fully equipped kitchen, a laundry space and a shower room and WC.

The bedrooms each have a Queen size bed. The interior sprung mattresses and latex overlays were handmade 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.

There is an antique chest of drawers and a chair in each bedroom and, on the landing, a magnificent double-sided wardrobe in native cedar for hanging space.

The house is full of quaint details and knick-knacks, but the up-to-date basics are all there, sometimes cunningly disguised. Flat-screen TV, free wi-fi, fridge, cooker, microwave, toaster, washing machine, ironing board, iron: you name it, we’ve done our best to provide it. Cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware, firewood, firelighters, matches are all to hand, together with a few basic supplies (including essential Tasmanian beer and wine!), so you can start your holiday the moment you arrive.

And, when morning comes, why not join us across the cobbled yard for an unforgettable Tassie gourmet breakfast on the sunny verandah of the big house?