Hatherley Birrell Collection

Location: Tasmania | Australia

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

Hatherley Birrell Collection is a unique luxury art hotel in Launceston, Tasmania, which brings together unique artworks and a blend of traditional architecture and modern design. The hotel is based around Hatherley House, a mansion dating from the 1830s, around which boutique apartments and pavilions have been built.
Perfect forEnjoying the culture, nature and cuisine of Launceston in style.
In the know
  • Quirky design hotel with modern artwork and décor throughout
  • Built around colonial mansion dating from the 1830s
  • Outdoor volcanic stone bathtubs in some rooms
  • Easy access to sites of natural beauty such as Cataract Gorge

Recommended for...

  • Chic Design
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Food & Wine
  • Guesthouse or Inn

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Built in and around the early 19th-century Hatherley House, the Hatherley Birrell Collection combines a historic, colonial air with the contemporary edge provided by the new pavilions and the modern artwork which adorns the property throughout. The English gardens provide a pretty backdrop.

Rooms at Hatherley Birrell Collection

The hotel’s newest rooms are the two Muse Garden Pavilions, which combine a modern aesthetic with the classical tradition of the garden folly. Filled with art and with roofs inspired by origami, they also feature beautiful views of the garden through their moon windows. Elsewhere, Magnolia Garden Pavilions also feature stunning views through huge sliding glass walls, and outdoor bathtubs hewn from volcanic stone. A more historic choice is the Ballroom, housed in the 1830s ballroom of Hatherley House, which offers traditional luxury with its French doors, high ceilings, Italian marble fireplaces, and ornate, original gilt mirror. The traditional feel is complemented by more contemporary artwork, with photographs of performances by modern dance troupe Tasdance adorning the walls.

Food and drink

Delicious locally sourced produce is provided for breakfast each morning, with your own kitchenette so you can self-cater at your leisure. Optional purchases in the minibar also include Tasmanian wine, cheese and beer. Launceston is arguably the food and wine capital of Tasmania, and there are numerous top-class dining options in the city. The pick of the bunch is Stillwater, which serves up relaxed breakfasts and lunches and lavish dinners with a focus on the freshest seasonal produce – unusual local dishes you can look forward to include Tasmanian blacklip abalone and seared wallaby.

Facilities

Hatherley Birrell Collections’s five unique accommodation options each feature a range of top-class amenities to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. They feature fully-equipped kitchenettes so that you can self-cater, with some featuring private courtyards where you can relax and enjoy your food. The Muse Garden and Magnolia Pavilions feature large outdoor volcanic stone baths, for the ultimate in secluded relaxation.

Activities at Hatherley Birrell Collection

Launceston is Tasmania’s second city and home to some 75,000 people, but it’s surrounded by pristine wilderness. The Cataract Gorge, run through by the picturesque South Elk River, is a 10-minute walk from the city centre; stunning views are afforded from the Alexandra Suspension Bridge. Above the gorge is the beautiful Lake Trevallyn, which, although artificial, is a great spot for walking, biking and going for a dip. In town, the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery is a great spot for culture vultures to enjoy a range of artwork past and present.

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Hotel location

Hatherley Birrell Collection is just 15 minutes’ drive from Launceston Airport, which welcomes regular flights from Melbourne (1hr) and Sydney (1h50m).

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