Novelist and creator/producer of hit TV series McLeod’s Daughters, Posie Graeme-Evans and producer/designer Andrew Blaxlandhave embarked on a new co-production with the opening of two exquisite, self-contained couples’ retreats on their picture-perfect rural property,Frenchman’s River at Cygnet in Southern Tasmania’s iconic Huon Valley (a 50 minute scenic drive from Hobart).
The name Frenchman’s River celebrates the hidden French history of the region when, more than 200 years ago, French explorers sailed into Cygnet Bay and almost claimed Tasmania for France. Bruny Island, Freycinet and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel – so familiar to Sydney Hobart sailors – keep their memory alive, as do the names of the bays, mountains and rivers they found.
Both the Writers House, a rebuilt Apple Pickers Cottage, and the nearby Federation-era Helmsman’s House, have been created to provide authentic, unique experiences and that sense of place sought by discerning travellers. Close to bustling, friendly Cygnet with its great coffee and bi-weekly farmers market (and home to Matthew Evans’ Gourmet Farmer TV series) yet within easy reach of the delights of Hobart and MONA, Frenchman’s River is a great base from which to explore the region as you sample delicious seasonal produce and wine and immerse yourself in nature.
“Writer’s House” provides one bedroom and one bathroom accommodation plus a spacious living area, enormous deck and pretty gardens. “Helmsman’s House” offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one ensuite) and vast living spaces leading out to a limestone terrace. Luxuriously furnished, each house will delight with romantic bedrooms, opulent bathrooms, original Tasmanian artworks (from Posie’s and Andrew’s collection), interesting books plus free wifi and Bose sound system. Also, there’s a chef’s kitchen, well-stocked fridge and pantry in each house providing seasonal fruit and vegetables, Tasmanian cheeses, wine, local artisan bread, organic eggs, bacon and other assorted goodies. Plenty of reasons to stay in and simply luxuriate.
End-of-the-road privacy with serenely beautiful views over Cygnet bay is common to both houses. And on the farm, there’s a hidden valley where guests may wander while meeting the locals – eagles, hawks, wrens, parrots, robins and marsupials (including, at night, Tassie devils, spotted quolls and wallabies) and, not least, the cows.
An introductory offer of a two night stay for two people in either of these two self-contained luxury cottages is valid for stays until 1 September 2016.
The special opening rate for The Writer’s House is $345.00 per night (whole house). The rate for the two bedroom Helmsman’s House is $365.00 per night for one couple (with an additional rate of $140 for each extra person, per night). All introductory package bookings are for a minimum two nights and are subject to availability.
To book visit www.frenchmansriver.com.au or phone +61 (0)466 790 142.
For discerning travellers, this haven in Tasmania offers a cameo role in the new romantic co-production created by Posie and Andrew, or even the chance to write a whole new life chapter for themselves.