Despite the slew of new hotels and accommodation in Tasmania’s capital we were looking for something more traditional and classic – and here it was, the elegant house – Corinda.
This glorious old Victorian home edged with iron lace in Glebe, was built by Alfred Crisp, a timber merchant who rose through the social ranks to become Lord Mayor of Hobart. And when Julian Roberts and Chaxi Afonso Higuera recently bought Corinda, they were doing much more than acquiring a new business. Alfred Crisp was Julian’s great, great grandfather, so when the opportunity presented itself Julian brought Corinda back into the family.
After the Roberts bought the Victorian property, they spent several months refurbishing and adding their personal touches. Guests stay in sumptuous heritage rooms featuring exquisite joinery crafted from Tasmanian timbers, such as Huon pine and blackwood, as well as luxurious textiles and one of a kind antiques. All ensuite bathrooms are individuals – one with an historic privy cover. Rooms have names from the past Crisp family and décor is heritage meets classy 21st century.
We carried our bags upstairs to the sound of our footsteps clashing with the well-trod stairs, just a few creaks to remind us that our feet were among hundreds that had climbed up over the years.
Our bedroom was warm and cosy and the bathroom was a stylish addition to the closed-in side verandah. The next day we loitered over eggs and bacon and barista coffee served in the conservatory at the back of the house.
The charming drawing room invites you in for afternoon drinks and snacks. Without a reservation desk and staff rattling around it seems like we are the Lord and Lady of the manor – and it’s all ours.
Corinda is the perfect base for those wanting to explore Southern Tasmania’s world -class attractions including MONA and World Heritage-listed Port Arthur.