The Cob Barn
Blissfully isolated off the southern coast of Australia, Tasmania is famous for its vast, windswept ruggedness. Full of protected parks, majestic mountain ranges and wildlife-steeped nature reserves, there are plenty of natural wonders for you to feast your eyes upon.
Blending beautifully with these wondrous surroundings, The Cob Barn is a unique, hand-sculpted barn conversion in cob (hence the name!) that has been completely transformed into a cosy and welcoming couples' retreat.
You'll find the beautiful earth barn on the northern slopes of Mount Arthur in North-East Tasmania, on the edge of 40 acres of temperate rainforest, and beside a small tranquil lake often visited by wild ducks and the occasional platypus.
There is an easy walking track through the forest that starts right at your front door. You can wander beneath giant manferns, Sassafras and Mountain Ash following a circular path up the slope beside a mountain stream, then back down to The Cob Barn through changing forest glades.
If forest walks are not your thing, The Cob Barn is just a stone's throw from Misty Mountain Peonies the small specialist cut flower farm and plant nursery run by the owners. You might like to take a stroll through the peony patch and see how things are growing. The flowering season varies from year to year, starting around mid-November through to late December.
Each room in The Cob Barn has been lovingly furnished, in timeless country style that will relax you instantly. Curl up in front of the cosy wood burner by evening, as you huddle on the squishy sofa and enjoy one of the DVDs provided (you'll find plenty of thoughtfully-chosen books and games, too).
The craftsman-built Tasmanian timber kitchen is well-equipped with an oven, hot plates and that all-important espresso maker to give your morning a boost! Not that we think you'll need it, since your downy bed is surrounded by ornate windows, meaning you can drink in all that early morning sunshine without even having to get up.
Meanwhile, French doors lead you outside to your private deck, from which you can take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding forest or simply watch the clouds roll by. There's even a small rowing boat, should you feel the need to paddle.
If that wasn't quite enough, you'll discover many generous little touches throughout, to help make your stay complete. A freshly-baked cob loaf (of course!), granola, home-made jam and fresh farm eggs are all provided, along with bathrobes and electric blankets... and of course, plenty of sweet-scented, fresh-cut flowers.
The picturesque village of Lilydale is close by, and within a half hour drive are several of Tasmania's famous cool climate vineyards and wineries, the Bridestowe Lavender Estate, and a little further on, the world class Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links on the edge of Bass Strait.
If wildlife-spotting is what you seek, the forest around The Cob Barn is filled with numerous bird species to enjoy through the day and elusive wallabies possums and quolls to spot at night - amongst many other species. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Tasmanian Giant freshwater lobster - the largest of its kind in the world.
So, after a hard day of immersing yourselves in the natural world, simply retreat to your welcoming earth barn for a sizzling barbecue supper, relaxing by the fire pit as stars emerge in the vast night sky. This is the dream romantic escape you've always pictured, but never quite found...until now. The Cob Barn, Tasmania: the world's best kept secret!
Things to note
As heating is via a wood heater, guests should have an understanding of operating a slow combustible wood heater. Check in is from 2pm, check out is 11am.
Tried and tested
"Wow, mere words cannot adequately express our appreciation for the exceptional B&B experience you have provided for us to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary! The Cob Barn is a beautiful building in tranquil surroundings and your attention to detail in the presentation of each room creates a beautiful atmosphere that is so welcoming. Thank you so much - we don't want to leave! We will definitely return and stay for longer on our next visit!"
Brian and Keryn
"We thank you so much for the care and beauty you share with others through The Cob Barn! I've felt like I stepped into a storybook here....WOW! Truly magical surrounds. Your hospitality and attention to detail are admirable. The story of the build and the quality of your craftsmanship have left us inspired. We thank you again for sharing. We certainly hope to come back the next time we visit Tasmania. Best wishes and many thanks."
Rachel and Spencer
"Thank you for the most wonderful start to our honeymoon. The Cob Barn is the most restful and peaceful B&B we've had the pleasure of staying in. Anything that you can possibly think of has been thought of! Thank you for allowing us to stay in such a beautiful building, we'll be back for sure!"
Dana and Hugh
Region: Lilydale, Tasmania
Cost (from): £150 per night
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 915
FacilitiesSleeps 2, king sized bedroom, bedding & towels, bath robes, electric blankets, bathroom, hairdryer, hangers, wood heating, kitchen, hob, oven, fridge, sink, coffee machine, kitchen equipment, lounge area, DVD, books, games, music, WiFi, outdoor deck & furniture, BBQ, fire pit, breakfast provisions provided, parking.
Rowing, hiking, cycling, wildlife spotting, rainforest walks.
At a glance
- A hand-sculpted cottage for two, built of timber and cob with interior lime-rendered walls and lake front decking, surrounded by scenic rainforest in North East Tasmania.
- The cottage is situated close to the village of Lilydale, and is a 45 minute drive from Launceston airport (the last 3km is a winding dirt road through the forest).
- Please note that the cottage is an adult couples' retreat and is not suited for children.
- Fresh breakfast provisions, bathrobes, handmade soaps and a rowing boat are all provided, along with a selection of DVDs, books and games.