Today, marks the opening of the much-anticipated Entally Lodge – an extension of iconic and historically significant Entally Estate – by The Honourable Will Hodgman Premier of Tasmania and Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events.
The extensive redevelopment was officiated with a ribbon cutting ceremony by The Premier together with Entally Estate owners Rob Sherrard and Brett Godfrey. To celebrate the occasion, key guests were treated to a sampling of the new menu available at the café.
Formerly known as Rutherglen Holiday Village, the owners purchased the property in 2013 with a vision for the restoration process to blend reverence for the hotel’s historic character with fresh elements that modernise and vitalise. Today’s re-launch marks the commencement of a new era with the property reclaimed as part of Entally Estate eighty years after it was originally sold off. The expansion sees Entally Estate provide employment for 25 local staff and now span 50 acres on both sides of Meander Valley Road.
The scope of the renovation includes 20 Scandinavian inspired, contemporary 3.5 star guest rooms providing the homely ambiance of a country inn. Each room features a new ensuite, king size bed, heating, modern amenities and high quality linens.
The Entally Estate additions incorporate a new café and restaurant, bar, extensive cellar and bottle shop. Locally focused, the comprehensive dining menu features seasonal produce sourced direct from the grower with options to take you from breakfast to supper. Visitors can enjoy wine from the new cellar in a relaxed informal environment, catch up on the latest sporting action in the bar, or immerse themselves in the history touring the historical buildings and spectacular vineyard. Iconic heritage listed Entally Estate personifies rural Tasmania with the stunning and dramatic scenery of Meander Valley yet is a mere stone’s throw for Launceston residents to enjoy.
For the owners of Entally Estate, the renovation marks the 4th of its kind in their expanding portfolio of historical hotels in Tasmania. Together they have also invested in Quamby Estate, Lake House and Low Head Pilot Station. Other Tasmanian investments include Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair, and award winning Tasmanian Walking Company offering unique experiences in eco-tourism including the unparalleled Cradle Mountain Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge and Spa and Wineglass Bay Sail Walk.
Rob Sherrard commented, “The exciting extension to Entally Estate represents the perfect addition to our existing tourism propositions and our desire to further promote and preserve Tasmania’s iconic built heritage”.
Rob continues, “Rutherglen was previously the social focal point of the town. It used to be heavily patronised by locals as the only licensed venue but slid from prominence. Breathing new life into this neglected building and reinstating it as part of Entally Estate has been both an honour and a responsibility.”
Brett Godfrey added, “Rob and I have spent a large portion of our corporate careers developing or expanding tourism assets that we’ve felt passionate about. Tasmania presents a multitude of extraordinary heritage experiences and we continue to believe that it displays strong potential as a world class tourism destination.”
Entally Estate is located 15 minutes from Launceston in the township of Hadspen. Set on magnificent grounds with manicured gardens, the property also features a classical homestead, chapel and vineyard. It is regarded as having the oldest conservatory and cricket ground in Australia. The next phase of the redevelopment includes the opening of the conference centre to compliment existing function spaces and refurbishment of Entally Estate’s homestead and out buildings.
To celebrate the re-launch, an opening offer is now available of $99 per room per night* for bookings until 31st December at www.entally.com