One of Tasmania's most historic, beautifully preserved water view estates, â€˜'the big houseâ€� now the jetty house, is a magnificent example of early Victorian Georgian domestic architecture, privately nestled in the secluded suburb of Southport. Built-in 1876 the property, now operating as a successful B&B, has had only four owners in its extensive lifetime. It served as a home for the family of Joseph Graves as well as a mill office and store for 20 years after completion. The home was a significant initiative of the Brothers in Tasmania through the Edmund Rice Camps movement and a holiday home to thousands of Southern Tasmanian children.
Today, privately owned, the property offers flexible living options and a traditional B&B with seasonal guest income as well as plenty of space for a family. The feeling of timelessness is enhanced by its pristine surroundings and peaceful aspect, this charming property delivers intrigue, allure and history in spades.
The main house features spacious living, dining and kitchen areas, 3 sitting rooms, 7 generous bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a stunning wrap-around veranda from which to luxuriate in the serenity of your private gardens. Boasting original features throughout including extensive use of Huon Pine, high ceilings, fireplaces, dormer windows, pressed tin ceilings, rustic convict era brickwork and timber panelling as well as timber floors, the homestead has been lovingly cared for and maintained. While resonating times gone by, the home remains warm, inviting and offers a place to rest and recharge in comfort.
Just a short distance from the main house, the Manager's Cottage offers an additional 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus a spacious sunroom and workshop. The open plan living, dining and kitchen area in the centre, showcases a slightly more contemporary feel with updated interiors, vaulted ceilings, a punch of colour throughout, and a generous skylight that floods the space creating a relaxing yet luxurious ambience. A gazebo, carport and sheds round out the property's structures.
Swim at one of Southport's perfect white sand beaches or for the more adventurous, head out to explore the nearby southern wilderness. The stopping off point for plenty of sights and activities such as Hastings Reserve, Cockle Creek, various coastal walks and Australia's southernmost point Southeast Cape, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to enjoy all year round.
Combining a timeless beauty with the possibility of income (details available on request), this remarkable property situated within an active fishing port and thriving tourist destination represents a unique and inviting way of life.