Just back from a brief visit to Tasmania and had the pleasure of discovering
a gorgeous country house B&B in Deloraine.
The hosts are a French couple, Remi and Ginette Bacal, and they have created
a very stylish and warmly welcoming haven, in a beautiful 1850s house and
stables in the open countryside outside Deloraine, which is in the northern
part of the isle of Tasmania.
Remi is chef and sommelier, and the wine list and food reflect his
background and training in France and Australia.
The dining room is open only to house guests and so the feel is of being
guests in a private house.
If anyone is visiting that part of the world and is looking for an indulgent
experience, Calstock would be a perfect answer, I would think. It certainly
lifted my spirits.
Webpage is as follows, and prices are in Oz dollars, so halve them
approximately for an indication of the US $ equivalent:
I should add, on a more general note, that too few visitors to Australia
consider extending their travels to Tasmania - for obvious reasons, given
the time and distances involved in just getting to and from Australia in the
first place. However, it is well worth a visit, and has a character quite
different from the mainland States.
I do know that one of our New York Ziners, Jonathan, was there earlier this
year, so it would be good to hear his impressions. I don't recall that you
reported, Jonathan? Apologies if you did and I missed that post.
There are good value B&Bs in many parts of the island, wild untravelled
parts on the west coast, good food even in out of the way places as a result
of an excellent climate for good produce and a community interest in its
production, and good local wine production.
It isn't the Australia of the tourist brochures, with red rocks and vast
open plains. Neither is it the glitz of the Gold Coast or the flash of
Sydney but for those of you who enjoy hiking, fishing, climbing or just
quiet countryside, with lots of coast line always within reach, there you
Access is by car ferry overnight, or by air, about an hour or so flight from
Melbourne, or an hour and a half from Sydney, depending on whether you are
flying into one of the northern airports (there are several options) or down
to Hobart, further south. (Then, of course, it's a hop, step and jump to the
South Pole, so while you are in the neighbourhood....)
Happy travelling to all,
Now in Sydney, Australia