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Freycinet Retreat
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

We had a fabulous two night stay here at the start of our Tassie trip which set the bar very high.

We arrived late afternoon and were mesmerised by the views and tranquility of the retreat. Tasmania is one of those rare places where contrails and background hum are lacking and the resort is particularly peaceful as it is located is a large, wooded property towards the top of Mount Paul with commanding views over the Hazards. Speaking of which, the National Park and Coles Bay (for restaurants and provisions) is a short 15 minute drive away.

The access road starts behind a gate and is unpaved, steepish and longer than I’d pictured, though it wasn’t a problem for our 4x4 (nor for an ordinary car I suspect). Guests are asked to drive slowly because of the wildlife (though not everyone seemed to respect this) and must check in at the reception at the top of the property where they are given an entrance code and wifi password.

We had opted for one of the two lodges and were attributed Number 2. Both are set below the Arc (reception) and row of eco-studios which, from what we could see, did come with a grander view than the lodges, but which were smaller and closer together. Another difference between the two is that both lodges face south whereas the studios face northeast.

Lodge 2 is set at the end of a short access road, close to Lodge 1 and comes with first class furnishing and amenities and plenty of light and space thanks to its high ceilings and large windows. DVDs are included as is an iPod which was playing soothing music when we entered the open plan living room with its compact but quality kitchenette, which is itself fully equipped with quality and spotless cutlery and implements. Guests can also make use of the BBQ though this is located up by the studios and reception. Next door is a spacious bathroom with enormous walk-in shower and washing machine (and emergency torch, not that we needed it). The bedroom is equally airy and spacious, with a cupboard and luggage rack, though it could have benefitted from more pictures and furniture (a little sterile for us). Design throughout is minimalistic and modern and the build quality is just that… quality with the living room wood floors being particularly lovely.

The wrap-around terrace (a section of which is covered) comes with Adirondacks and a small table and offers up sweeping views and close-ups of the gurgling, hopping, flitting and nibbling critters, though we only saw wallabies and birds.

Apart from Freycinet’s nearby attractions (both scenic and savoury), guests can enjoy a number of modest walks on the property including one to the top of Mt Paul. Dusk and dawn are the best times to go in search of wildlife though you’re bound to spot plenty from the terrace.

Things to bear in mind include the fact that the retreat is a fair distance from the park (you do need a car) and accessed via the long, dirt road which might not be for everyone (but was certainly for us). You are not beside the sea. The wifi is on the slow side. Lodge 1 is closer than I’d pictured and you do look partially onto each others’ terraces, but while the terraces aren’t 100% private, the interior is thanks to the clever planning of the windows. Lodge 2’s covered terrace area does face an unsightly water tank and looks onto Lodge 1. In February there were quite a few mosquitoes which made eating outside unpleasant, though all windows and sliding doors come with netting. It was on the cold side at night and the lodge floor in particular was freezing (slippers might be a good idea) and the radiator did take a long time to warm the living room up. Check out is 10.00 and check in 15.00 and full payment needs to be made prior to arrival.

Tip: If you opt for a lodge, then Lodge 1 is the nicer of the two, at least view-wise.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank wucie
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

We stayed here for 1 night on a weeks honeymoon trip around Tasmania. This was definitely one of the highlights!
The cabins were so clean and in such a beautiful location. We chose to stay in the cabins overlooking the ocean and were not disappointed with the panoramic views. Although the cabins are set fairly close together, they are angled in a way which makes you feel very private as if it were just you on top of that hill! It was amazing having breakfast in bed (the beds are so comfortable and the continental breakfast left was perfect for a relaxing morning - we enjoyed the coffee, orange juice and croissants).
The bathroom was fine, nice hot showers! And there was a little kitchenette area which was equipped with most things you would need for a short stay.
The welcome was very warm and our host was very helpful in suggesting walks and restaurants.
A stunning place to stay if you want to feel secluded in the wilderness with all the home comforts :) Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Bennaforever
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

We came to Tasmania 5 years ago and always planned to visit this area as my wife had been here in the seventies and raved about it. The low-key arrival at a private gate and the unsealed road access up through the bush give a taste of what is to come. Further and further up and up you arrive at a clearing with the eight studios all facing out to the ocean. They are bright, clean, well thought out and surprisingly private despite being adjacent to each other. The design has been handled in a way that focuses your attention on the view such that you become unaware of your neighgbours. the real charm are the views, the quietness and the wildlife. All credit to the owners Phillipa and Virginia for making us so welcome and replacing our defective fridge seemingly within minutes of our bringing it to their attention! we were quite sad to leave such a wild and remote but 5 star experience. We would definitely recommend it

Room Tip: Studio 8 - side windows aren't interrupted by the adjacent studio. Can see the stars through the windows at night whilst lying in bed
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank andrewgoldcoast2015
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Located up a private gravel driveway up the side of a mountain, this really is remote, but not too far to drive down the peninsula to the attractions. There are various cabins dotted around the site, all secluded and hidden from view. Ours had a balcony overlooking forest down towards Coles Bay. We even had a wallaby outside the room and a skink inside!!

We didn't arrive until 7pm having been on the Maria Island cruise. Our keycode was waiting for us, taped on the reception door, and entry to our room was via the keycode. Once inside it was very spacious and comfortable with a kitchenette and washer located in the bathroom. There's no dryer, but a drying rack, so make sure you plan ahead. Very comfortable and peaceful sleep.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Had a great few nights at the Eco retreat cabins; these small cabins were well appointed and finished to a high standard with a few great touches like heated floors and towel rail in the bathroom. Bed was comfy and the wifi surprisingly good!

The uninterrupted views out from the verandah (and the bed) were the real selling point and are stunning. Definately reccomend this place.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
1  Thank Marty D
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