Julian and Chaxi
Julian Roberts returned recently to Tasmania, having lived and worked in hospitality in London for 15 years. He finds his home state even more beautiful than he remembered. He and his new bride, Chaxi, were lucky enough to find Brockley Estate available to be run as a little hotel just at the right time.
Chaxiraxi Afonso Higuera, Julian’s wife and co-owner, is from Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. For her first 14 years she grew up on her parents’ organic farm. Her mother and grandmother had a passion for cooking in a traditional way, using their own products, the best organic vegetables, meats, fruits and fresh milk.
Everything was so fresh that it has always stuck in her mind that to experience this again she must return to the countryside. The flavours remained in her memory over the years – such as the taste and texture of her mother’s freshly made cheeses.
Now she has moved to Tasmania with Julian, having worked in the hospitality industry in Spain and the UK and gained a degree in Hotel Management. She loves showing the best of her family’s cooking with our guests and she believes Tasmania has amazing potential – the products and ingredients are of world class quality, many of them unique. She loves using her Spanish cooking skills with Tasmanian artisan products.
Now that she and Julian have added Corinda to their portfolio, Chaxi can divide her time between town and country, bringing the fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits of the East Coast to the table right in the heart of Hobart.
Vicky and Joseph
Hello! We’re Vicky and Joseph. We’ve just joined Julian and Chaxi as part of the team at The Corinda Collection, based at Brockley and just loving it!
Growing up in a Greek family, food for ourselves and anyone who dropped in was always important. My parents managed the fish factory on Flinders Island, but they also owned a takeaway café, a tour bus company and the local taxi service, so tourism and hospitality were ingrained in me, too, from a very young age.
My studies led me towards hotel management and nutritional therapies, giving me the skills to put these childhood influences to work.
The chance to share all this with Joseph and live at beautiful Brockley Estate with our three boys, Deni, River and Zigi, in such an idyllic and wholesome country environment, is a dream come true. We all just love sharing with our guests our passion for the Tasmanian countryside in this elegant environment, and I’m proud to work with Chaxi in her mission to build a reputation here for world class cookery.
With Joseph, we make quite a team! He, too, grew up in a large loving family on Flinders Island, who developed in him his skills and innate ability to live on the land. Sharing that with our guests is an opportunity to introduce people from often very different backgrounds to a way of life they may never have known.
The support that both Julian and Chaxi has given us and our family, surpasses any of our expectations, of what we thought we were going to ever receive! For them to hand over to us what essentially they started from scratch, is an honour for us to uphold! We can only hope that what they have established, we can continue to maintain, albeit with the touches of flair and character that we too can imbue.
At the end of the day, we are all working to create a superior guest experience for all of our visitors. Contributing to your memories of Brockley, and now Corinda, is a privilege we all are lucky to share together as part of an awesome team.