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Corinda’s Cottages, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Corinda's Cottages Main House

Tasmania is an island at the edge of the world—a natural paradise—small in size, yet big on experiences. From ancient narratives to present day challenging artworks at surprising MONA, people leave their mark on this island. Whether it is exploring convict stories and the rich sandstone heritage at five World Heritage Convict Sites, or reigniting your spirit conquering the mountains, Tasmania promises to let you escape the everyday. Engage with the wilderness and wildlife at a gentle pace, cruise majestic rivers, walk along pristine deserted beaches or savour an inspiring view from the luxury of your resort spa. Enjoy the flavours of the small cities and towns. Relish the fine food, wines, beers, and awesome ciders. But discover the natural beauty and friendly people which are Tasmania’s heart and soul.

Hobart is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney.

The Gardens

Overlooking Sullivan’s Cove and Hobart’s city centre stands Corinda, a stately Victorian mansion. Corinda’s historic outbuildings, the gardener’s cottage, the servants’ quarters, and the coach-house are now delightful self-contained cottages. Awaken to the sound of birdsong, then take a stroll across the cobbled courtyard into the extensive gardens, just a short walk from the Hobart Central Business District. All the cottages are furnished with antiques, and all modern appliances are cunningly hidden from view. Enjoy the comfort and luxury of the Servants Quarters, the Gardeners Cottage, or the Coach House.

Corinda is situated about half a kilometre from the old Campbell Street court and gaol. The land was originally part of a convict-run vegetable garden, and the garden wall dates from this period. A cottage was built on the site in the 1850s, which became the servants’ quarters of the main building when it was built in 1880. Alfred Crisp, the builder, was a wealthy timber merchant and son of a convict. He later became Lord Mayor of Hobart. After Alfred died, his daughter lived on in the house until about 1930. The property then became a boarding house before reverting to a private residence in 1980.

The current owners, Matthew Ryan and Wilmar Bouman, have restored the property and its gardens and have converted the historic outbuildings into self-contained cottages. The cottages have been meticulously and tastefully restored and are furnished with an interesting collection of antiques. Close attention to the historical detailing of both the buildings and surrounding formal gardens will delight those travellers interested in Tasmania’s heritage.

Matthew and Ryan have completely reconstructed the gardens through extensive landscaping. The larger parterre is enclosed by pleached Linden trees. The flower beds have been colour co-ordinated to create harmony and tranquillity in the garden, with English Box Topiary featuring native animals creating a uniquely Australian touch.

The Coach House

The owners won a National Trust Preservation award for the restoration of Corinda in 1995.

The cottages are fully self-contained with a functional and fully equipped kitchen plus laundry facilitates. A welcome breakfast hamper is included in the tariff, as are regular towel and linen changes. Off street parking is available. No cooked meals are provided, but there are many excellent restaurants and hotels in the Hobart city centre about five minutes walk away.
The Gardeners Cottage sleeps a maximum of two persons. The Servants Quarters and Coach House sleep a maximum of three persons (An extra charge of $50.00 is levied for the third person). Cots are available on request. Daily Servicing, including replenishment of breakfast ingredients, is available for an extra charge of $50.00 per night.

You may also wish to consider their adjacent sister property 2on2 which is comprised of 2 funky, contemporary, ultra modern apartments situated right next door at 2 Scott Street.

Coach House Bedroom

When you are staying at Corrinda’s Cottages everything is close at hand. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is a popular recreation area a short distance from the City centre. It is the second-oldest Botanic Gardens in Australia and holds extensive significant plant collections. Mount Wellington, accessible by passing through Fern Tree, is the dominant feature of Hobart’s skyline. Indeed many descriptions of Hobart have used the phrase “nestled amidst the foothills”, so undulating is the landscape. At 1,271 metres, the mountain has its own ecosystems, is rich in biodiversity and plays a large part in determining the local weather. The Tasman Bridge is also a uniquely important feature of the city, connecting the two shores of Hobart and visible from many locations. The Hobart Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Australia and a rare surviving example of an Egyptian Revival synagogue.

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