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Editor's Choice - Hargate
  • Baudin
  • Dining Room
  • Drawing Room
  • Hargate
  • Silver Service

When it comes to things to see and do, and areas of immense natural beauty, Tasmania has more than its fair share… and Launceston certainly punches above its weight with so many sights to see, things to do, and experiences to enjoy and indulge in.  Known as ‘The Valley of the Senses’ thanks to the many flowers of the nearby Cataract Gorge, Launceston also has myriad restaurants, cafes and gourmet outlets to further tempt your senses.

It is the third oldest city in Australia, behind Sydney and Hobart and has magnificent examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture, giving the city a mellow sense of history.

Hargate sits very comfortably in Launceston, being a heritage listed Queen Anne Federation home built between 1900 and 1903.  It is a short drive from the airport and an even shorter stroll to the city centre and all its delights.  You will feel as though you have stepped through the door to more gracious times, with the mellow brickwork, expansive verandahs and magnificent views and three beautiful guest rooms.

French antiques, claw-foot baths and gold tapware, along with significant artworks and beautiful furnishings make Hargate a very special place to stay.  ‘Entrecasteaux’, named after the French navigator, features an 1860 flame mahogany wardrobe; marble topped walnut side tables and an ensuite with shower.  ‘Freycinet’, named after cartographer Louis de Freycinet, has an antique bedroom suite, including lined armoire and is perfect for soaking up the sense of history and culture of this gorgeous city.  ‘Baudin’ also honours a French naturalist and cartographer and again features superb antiques, gracious furnishings and a tangible feeling of history.

Downstairs is the elegant Drawing Room, complete with period furnishings and a library of books to keep you entertained for many visits to come.  The Reception Room, at one point used as a ballroom, is now a wonderful blend of old and new, with a widescreen TV, welcoming fireplace and exquisite crystal chandelier. Finally, the dining room will convince you that you are indeed living in a more elegant time, with its rare matched antique sideboards, plush carpeting and chandelier.  Breakfast will never seem the same again after enjoying it in these surrounds.

Amidst all this history and splendour is a guesthouse that also truly caters to the contemporary traveller, with free wireless internet and a raft of useful business services, as well as the offerings more often seen in 5 star hotels, such as five course champagne breakfasts served on fine china and silverware, butler-style service, luxurious robes, house slippers, 500 count bed linen … and even heated bathroom floors to truly take the chill off winter mornings.

If you can step outside Hargate, you will enjoy the fragrance of the beautiful gardens and are a short (7 minute) stroll from the city centre, Prince’s Square, with its majestic oaks and French fountain, and City Park - with its historic trees, conservatory, resident troupe of macaque monkeys and Design Centre - is only 10 minutes walk away.

In fact it may be necessary to extend your stay at Hargate so you have time to enjoy all the luxury and wonderful service on offer inside, as well as making time to explore and enjoy the delights of this wonderful city.

About the Author
Lisa Monk is a marketing communications writer with a diverse background that includes experience in travel, hotel, finance, public relations and advertising. She has worked with Club Med, the Holiday Inn group and on a number of other travel projects on a freelance basis.  Lisa has travelled throughout Asia Pacific, North America and England.

Lisa now works with TakeABreak.com.au as editor of the Holiday Inspirations newsletter and other publications.  She lives in Sydney with her husband Andy, and sons Joseph and Nicholas.

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Find out more about Lisa at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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