Introducing Brockley Estate’s new management team

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.

 

Joe, Vicky and their three beautiful children, Deni (12yo), River (5yo) and Zigi (3yo).

 

“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.

The boys love living at Brockley Estate – they can run around til their hearts content. River (5) pictured here with Vicky.

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

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Tasmanian Writers’ Retreat with Maggie MacKellar – August 2016

For those looking for an escape to finally write that book – (with some professional help!) look no further. Sharon and Pauline from Me Time Experiences are running a Writers’ Retreat at Brockley Estate in August – details on the flyer, or download from this link here:

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Final Winter Pop-up Restaurant – this Saturday the 25th July

Foodies and friends! Our final Pop-Up for the Winter will take place this Saturday.

We’ve had great support this Winter and wonderful feedback, so don’t worry, this isn’t the last one ever.

We have availability for only 8 more guests so if you want to come do get in contact ASAP.

All the details you need, including the menu for this weekend is on our Pop-Up Restaurant page: brockleyestate.com.au/pop-up_restaurant

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Ready for our next Pop-Up

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Now that the conservatory is toasty warm all year we can seat 16 here and 12 in the dining room.

Having just cooked up a storm for a full house on Saturday, we’re planning the next Pop-Up for the 25th of July.

As always, the menu is a secret until a few days before, but I can tell you that the theme will be East Coast of Spain comes to the East Coast of Tassie.

Sign up for the Pop-up mailing list at www.brockleyestate.com.au/pop-up_restaurant

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Pop-Up Restaurant at Brockley – Limited time, limited seats!

For the Winter months we’ll be running a pop-up restaurant on the weekends.

We now have award-winning Tasmanian chef (and local!) Kurstin Berryman at Brockley, working with Chaxi in the kitchen. They’ll work as a team, serving up wonderful seasonal menus using the best Tasmanian ingredients so you can enjoy the finest dining in our beautiful country house.

We will also be offering discounted room rates on those evenings, so if you don’t want to play ‘scissors-paper-stone’ for the drive back to the shack at Orford, this is the option for you.

  • For the uninitiated we always run a 3 course set menu at Brockley and this will be published shortly before the date on our pop-up restaurant page.
  • Available dates are published on the web page: brockleyestate.com.au/pop-up_restaurant/ – the next date is July the 4th 2015.
  • On the same page is a sign up form so you can be included in the email shot for each pop-up date.
  • Bookings for our shared tables are essential and strictly subject to availability.
  • It will be a set menu with a vegetarian option, so you’ll need to tell us any dietary requirements when you request a booking.

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Festival of Voices: Deborah Conway and Co-Cheól coming to Buckland and staying at Brockley

Hi all,

Don’t miss the big event in Buckland in the 18th of July and please note the Spanish brunch! We still have a couple of rooms available if you want to mingle with some famous people.

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Download a hi-res flyer to print and put on your fridge here: Festival of Voices Flyer

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Tasmanian Writers’ Retreat with Maggie MacKellar

For those looking for an escape to finally write that book – (with some professional help!) look no further. Sharon and Pauline from Me Time Experiences are running a Writers’ Retreat at Brockley Estate in May – details on the flyer, or download from this link here:

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Fancy some glamping? Fractangular Music Festival – Feb 6th to 9th 2015 – 5 days left

Standard pricing: $798 per person including GST

Package price: $660 per person including GST

Includes for two people:

  • 2 nights accommodation (Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of February) in the Marble or Best Bedchamber at Brockley Estate with full breakfast both mornings – value $538
  • 2 Adult tickets to the festival – value $260

Details:

This one certainly isn’t for everyone, but once a year, Brockley’s next-door neighbours hold a music festival rather like Glastonbury used to be (except without the rain we hope!)

So, you’re keen on the festival but your partner doesn’t want to camp?

Featuring 3 stages ranging from doof and electronica to unplugged acoustics, well, why don’t we let Alison and Sean from Fractanular explain it their way:

“Fractangular Gathering is a three day open air collaborative arts festival held in South-East Tasmania.

 It is a fusion of alternative electronic and acoustic music genres with visual, performing arts and electronic media.

A platform for networking, collaboration, participation, artistic exposure, experience, and cultural development within Tasmania and Australia for artists and the wider community.

 The Fractangular ethos is to enrich Tasmania’s cultural content as well as increase awareness and importance of the arts, health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability and community connectedness.

 The Fractangular experience includes local, interstate and international artists across three music stages ranging in genres such as electro-swing, dub-reggae, roots, jazz infused gypsy, bohemia, Balkan, folk rock, stomp-rock, blues, soul, progressive, minimal, psytrance, techno, glitch and more.

 A stellar Performing arts program including cabaret, street performance, circus, puppetry, clown, comedy, burlesque and more.

 A core workshops program including circus skills, visual arts, electronic music production, health and wellbeing and more. To top it off is the market precinct, a buzzing hub of food, arts, crafts, clothes, incense, performers, coffee, a kid’s bush playground as well as The Velveteen Lounge and bar.”

More information here: http://www.fractangular.com.au/index.html

We still have availability, so contact us directly – reservations@brockleyestate.com.au or call Julian on 0420357951

 

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Shearing – we leave the biggest to last.

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David and Buster shearing one of the big White Suffolk rams. They always leave the big fellas until last. Notice it takes two strong men to get the job done. Greg and Ross get ready for the next one behind with Stacey observing.

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Quirky stylish images #2

Chengcheng (AKA Small Shell) sent me one last set of images to follow on from the ones here: https://www.brockleyestate.com.au/blog/2014/10/quirky-stylish-images/

Great photos and popular judging from the response on Facebook. Follow the link on the images to take you to her account on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter/Facebook. Her Weibo name is: Small Shell

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