The Retreat at Randalls offers a totally private, absolute waterfront experience overlooking stunning Randalls Bay, a short drive from Cygnet and 55 minutes from Hobart. Featuring panoramic views of the pristine beach across to Garden Island, and a sheltered 3,500 square metre garden area with abundant wildlife, walking tracks and play equipment for the kids to explore, the opportunity exists for families or couples to rest and relax. So too does it provide the perfect opportunity to access the numerous tourist sites along the Huon Valley Trail, Bruny Island, and beyond.
The house itself offers comfortable accommodation with a retro beach house feel. It is set on 3 levels, the lower containing bunk accommodation for two, the middle the kitchen/meals/lounge area, a ‘snug’ and the two main bedrooms, and the upper story providing further sleeping facilities and a new 60 square metre deck. The master bedroom (complete with en-suite) and the communal living areas offer uninterrupted views across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to the Hartz Mountains. The deck adds further to the panoramic experience, with a 360 degree outlook encompassing the beach across to Garden Island in one direction, and a view of the private gardens and the mountain of the Echo Sugarloaf reserve from behind. An outdoor heater has been recently added to ensure comfort all year round. Further facilities include a split system heater/cooler and a wood burning Coonara, digital television/radio, a scenic BBQ area (wood fired) , a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave oven, a washing machine and clothes dryer, abundant reading material, Scrabble, children’s puzzles etc. All linen and towels (except beach towels) are supplied.
The grounds, intersected by a winding 100 metre long horseshoe driveway with two small bridges, provide an added source of enjoyment, especially for children. Scattered across the property via a number of tracks can be found a 10 foot trampoline, a slide with adjoining climbing frame, and a play area with suspended tyre, trapeze and conventional swings. Along the coast side a gate opens out to a path leading to the safe, secluded beach. Both Randalls Bay, and the adjoining Mickey’s Beach (accessed by a scenic walking track nearby) are, we believe, simply the best beaches in the Huon region, if not beyond. Certainly, they are one of the very few stretches of sandy shoreline to have such an enclosed, sheltered position, surrounded by natural bush.
Other attractions include:
• kayaking, fishing, coastal walks, swimming, rock-pooling, boating
• Cygnet (a pleasant ‘artistic’ town with a variety of quality cafes and galleries)
• Hartzview and Panorama wineries
• Bruny Island
• Grandvewe Cheesery
• Tahune Airwalk
• Hastings caves and Thermal Springs
• Hartz Mountains
• Peppermint Bay bistro and fine dining
• Huonville jetboats ... to name but a few.
A more comprehensive guide, complete with explanatory brochures and our own recommendations, can be found upon arrival.
Tranquil Bush environment
No public transport !