We all know Brockley Estate is one of Tasmania’s best kept secrets. Our working farm set on 10,000 acres provides luxurious colonial accomodation and a restaurant inspired by utilising local produce with a mediterranean spin at the gateway of the State’s glorious East Coast.
Brockley Estate is part of our new and exciting Corinda Collection, which provides a range of beautiful boutique accommodation in Hobart and Buckland.The main house at Brockley Estate, more than 170 years old, is hidden away only a few kilometres from the Tasman Highway. It really is the perfect place to stay for a special occasion, or to base yourself to explore Maria Island and all that the East Coast has to offer.
Chaxi and I are super excited to introduce the new management team who now also call Brockley home. It’s not a tree change, or even a sea change, but for Vicky Xypteras, Joseph Walker and their children Deni (12yo), River (6yo) and Zigi (4yo) it is another chapter in an already fascinating life. Vicky and Joseph began at Brockley Estate just a few months ago, and have already fallen in love with the property and the homestead which dates back to 1841. The guests think they’re pretty good news, too.
“As soon you walk into the house you feel that sense of history,” says Vicky. “The steps walking up are all worn out in the one spot. It’s the same step for everyone who’s walked in there for 200 years. The guests start to feel that.”
When you stay at Brockley, you really do feel as though you are away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The setting is idyllic – Tasmanian bush, lush paddocks and a wide babbling river that runs all the way to Orford. Along its banks runs a deserted convict road which provides some guests with daily exercise. You feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere, but in actual fact you are only 15 minutes from Orford, which is essentially the gateway to the East Coast and the start of the Great Eastern Drive. Just up the road from Orford is the Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay.
This coastal setting is actually nothing new to Vicky and Joseph who both grew up on a small island in the middle of Bass Strait called Flinders Island. The couple fondly remember attending the island’s little primary school together, before they went their separate ways. It wasn’t until some years later their paths crossed again and finally a romance blossomed.
“We grew up with that island life. You go on the beach and you fossick and you explore the bush and everyone’s your aunty and uncle, so we’ve got that small community feel engrained in our lives and we like to fosterit here and with our children. It’s important, especially for the kids, and that was one of the drawcards of coming here.” says Vicky.
“Our last house didn’t even have any trees in the backyard, so this is very different. Last night the kids were out playing and hitting thistles with sticks at 9.30pm. There’s plenty of room for them to explore and to grow and let kids be kids.” added Joseph.
It’s not just the kids who enjoy this great outdoors setting. Guests are encouraged to explore the farm, get up close with the young lambs in spring and participate in the excitement at shearing time. That’s if they can draw themselves away from their colonial accommodation, which has history oozing from the floor boards. The atmosphere really does hit you as soon as you arrive: mellow antique furniture and pictures, ancient rugs and textiles, polished hardwood floors and it’s all still unchanged.
“Guests get to the front door and they turn around and say ‘WOW!’. They smell fresh air and beeswax and lovely cut flowers, they hear the antique clocks ticking away and the light catches something pretty. They love it right from the start.” says Vicky, “And many of them keep coming back.”
Brockley Estate not only offers unique, luxurious accommodation, it has a Spanish inspired restaurant. Vicky works with Chaxi to bring her own Mediterranean influence and love of food to the kitchen, a love which started when she was a child growing up on Flinders and from a Greek family.
“We ate like kings. Crayfish and abalone and scallops, so I learnt about fresh seafood, fresh local ingredients and the importance of careful preparation. Equally important are the carefully selected, mature Tasmanian estate wines we offer from Brockley’s original super-cool underground cellar.”
We are happy to share this special way of life with Vicky and Joseph and we know you will enjoy their hospitality when you come to stay, too. Brockley has a range of accommodation to suit guests, including a couple of self-contained cottages in the grounds.. For more information or to book your
Tasmanian East Coast adventure today, visit www.brockelyestate.com.au