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Tasmania's Bed and Breakfasts
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An Endangered Species?

by Brenda Bourne

The enormous popularity of Tasmania's many and varied bed and breakfasts is, ironically, placing their future in danger. There was a time when you knew what to expect if you booked into a B & B - although each offered a unique experience - welcoming hosts and great breakfasts. Sure, some were better than others, but those two things were a given.

At the same time, the holiday house sector was filling its particular niche in the marketplace; then someone decided that it would be a good idea to use the hard-earned reputation of Tasmanian B & Bs to sell their self-contained properties - and lots more followed suit.
 

Well, sorry, but placing a few groceries in the larder doesn't make a bed and breakfast!

Now we have a situation where bed and breakfast devotees are frequently being disappointed in their expectations of Tasmanian B & Bs - no hosts and if you want breakfast, get it yourself! Sadly, people trying a B & B for the first time, who have been sold unhosted accommodation as bed and breakfast, will never know the difference; they will just wonder what all the hype is about.

Whilst Tasmanian B & Bs former tasmaniabedandbreakfasts.com.au is no longer active, there is now another site that list hosted accommodation: Hosted Accommodation Australia - is the recognised national peak industry organisation representing B&Bs, farm stays, guest houses, boutique hotels, cottages and other self contained, hosted accommodation.

Check out some of these hosted B&B's:

Bears at GeevestonMake friends with Bears at Geeveston
If you are travelling in the south of the state and visiting the Tahune Forest Airwalk, you will leave the main road to head off into the Hartz Mountains National Park at Geeveston, so that's a good stopover point. Why not try the quirkily-named Bears Went Over the Mountain B & B.

Run by Dave and Tess Lemondine with the willing help of their 7 year old daughter, Paris-Jade (PJ), Bears are friendly to everyone including children and pets. There are games and lots of fun things for the kids, even a jumping castle. Located right in the main street and close to all town amenities, Bears of Geeveston also has a restaurant, so evening meals are taken care of.

Dave is a qualified chef with 30 years experience who will take good care of your inner man, whilst Tess and PJ look after front of house duties and love to entertain guests. The couple opted out of the hustle and bustle of Canberra and made the move to Tasmania 18 months ago, to enjoy a different way of life and a safe place to raise PJ. Check out The Bears? website at www.bearsoverthemountain.com.

English country garden at FentonburyAn English country garden at Fentonbury - with platypus and other Australian natives!
Heading further north, the other side of Hobart you will find a little place called Fentonbury, home of Hamlet Downs Country Accommodation. Step into an English country garden surrounded by the beauty of the Australian bush and wildlife - native birds, echidnas and, yes, you may even see a platypus in the wild. All this just near your front door. Stroll around the beautiful 36 acres of ponds, fields and gardens. This is the natural tranquillity and beauty of Tasmania at its finest.

The warm welcome of your hosts, Peter and Sue Ontatzis, and their superb culinary skills, using only the finest produce, will ensure that this is one stopover that needs to be repeated. To top it off only 10 minutes? drive away is Mt Field National Park and the famous Russell Falls and it's just 25 minutes? drive to Maydena, the Florentine Valley and the World Heritage south west wilderness area. Visit their website for more information www.hamletdowns.com.

A taste of paradise at Hawley Beach
At the other end of the island you will find Paradise Place B & B, a luxury, romantic adult getaway. Located on the north west coast, just 100 metres from the pristine turquoise waters of Hawley Beach, an ideal base for day trips, you will have ambient luxury awaiting your return from a day of touring. Relax with a complimentary bottle of wine in the guest lounge or the alfresco area, and perhaps order a gourmet platter to go with it. The beautiful bathroom - with bath - beckons a soak. Or, if you still have energy left, take a stroll along the delightful secluded coves and take in the vista of the Narawntapu Mountains looming vividly over the bay.

Paradise at Hawley BeachYour hosts, Frank and Gail, aim to bring you paradise. Hailing from Western Australia, Gail and Frank first dreamed of semi-retirement and a B & B in France, but this path seemed fraught with difficulty. Then they discovered Tasmania, which they quickly realised has all the charm of rural France and Europe, but without the hassles of different currency, different language and different culture. Your hosts are always there for guests, when wanted, but at the same time guarantee your privacy. You may never want to leave Paradise! Read more at www.paradiseplacebnb.com.au.

Make sure you stay at a real Tasmanian bed and breakfast
Read the small print, ask the question - is it hosted? If not, keep looking or check out some of those listed above. Don't forget to check out the range of listed accommodation on AusEmade Australia for Tasmania.

Brenda Bourne, proprietor of Mole Creek Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Mole Creek, Tasmania

 

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