Corinda is a stately Victorian villa with majestic period gardens, set in the well-to-do ‘hood of Glebe (it’s never been called a ‘hood before), just outside central Hobart. A stay here is a journey back to a bygone-era, of taking tea on the wrought-iron verandah, surveying the topiary on a garden stroll, and indulging in lazy soaks in a clawfoot bathtub. It’s the ancestral home of Julian and Chaxi, who have enhanced its original charm with antiques sourced from flea markets around the world.
10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm – guests arriving when reception is closed will be given a keycode.
Double rooms from $142.54 (AU$208), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Breakfast is included if you book a room in the main house – expect muesli, Tasmanian yoghurt, eggs cooked to order and free-range local bacon. There are cooking facilities in the three cottages, or you can enjoy a full English fry-up in the restaurant fo
You know you’ve done a good job on preservation when the National Trust takes notice: Corinda won an Award of Merit in 1995.
At the hotel
Honesty bar, free WiFi. In rooms: Smart TV with Netflix, minibar, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Melle Beauty bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Verandah Room lives up to its name – it’s the only one with a private balcony. Mary Spode is light and bright, with gold-framed mirrors and a vintage clawfoot bathtub. To get the true old-world experience, go for Alfred Crisp’s pretty bay window, cedar chaise longue, and quirky corner-set commode.
A notepad for scribbling down the names of all the antique furniture-makers you never knew you loved.
There are no bad seats on the garden-facing verandah, so pick a table by your favourite fragrant plant.
Just pretend you’re going round to your friends’ house for Sunday lunch… and that they’ve got a really, really nice pad in Tasmania.
There’s no restaurant as such – continental breakfast is served on the verandah overlooking the cobbled courtyard.
The Tasmania-fuelled honesty bar is set up on an antique sideboard in the elegant Drawing Room. Mix your own cocktails from 666 Hellyers Road whisky, pop open an island-brewed Boag’s beer, or pour out a pinot noir from the esteemed Josef Chromy winery. There are snacks too, including Ashgrove cheese churned in northern Tasmania, and an accompanying house-made quince paste.
Breakfast is served from 8am until 10am, or at 7.30am if you ask nicely.
Corinda is in the leafy residential neighborhood of Glebe, near the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and a ten-minute drive from Hobart city centre and harbour.
Corinda is a 20-minute drive from Hobart International Airport, where Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly in from most major Australian cities. Private transfers to the hotel cost AU$80. Call the Smith24 team for help with all your travel arrangements.
Renting a car is a great option if you’re intent on exploring Tasmania’s bucolic interior and spectacular coastline. Hire from the airport, and park up at the hotel’s on-site car park.
Worth getting out of bed for
Swat up on the history of Corinda and its glorious period gardens with a tour of the grounds led by an in-house expert – it’s popular, so book ahead. Once you know your marigolds from your magnolias, head to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, which are a short walk away through the salubrious Hobart suburb, The Glebe. Feast on street food at Salamanca Market (Saturdays, 8.30am to 3pm), or mooch around the boutiques in downtown Hobart. Take a fresh-air-filled daytrip to Huon Valley, down at the southern tip of the island; explore the stalac-tastic Hastings Caves, brave the tree-top Tahune airwalk, and dip your toes in the turquoise water at Cockle Creek. The Agrarian Kitchen is worth the drive inland for the farm-to-fork cuisine and cooking classes led by chef Rodney Dunn in the 19th-century schoolhouse. If you’d rather a night-in, sign up to a Spanish cookery lesson with Corinda’s own kitchen wizard, Chaxi.
Fico (51A Macquarie St) is the talk of Hobart – local chef Oskar Rossi travelled the world before settling back home, and now creates Italian-inspired dishes unlike anything else in Tasmania (expect cubes of wasabi kingfish and squid-ink paccheri with crab and tomato on the AUS$75 set menu). Franklin (30 Argyle St) is a concrete and cow-hide-lined spot for locally-sourced burgers and seafood roasted in the ten-tonne wood oven. For seasonal organic fare and and bottles of biodynamic wine, go to Dier Makr (123 Collins St), or keep it casual at Ettie’s bar and bistro, set in one of Hobart’s oldest buildings (100 Elizabeth St).
The best latte in town is at Pilgrim Coffee (48 Argyle St), an exposed-brick-lined space serving French toast and bircher muesli alongside the speciality brews.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in a leafy suburb of Hobart and unpacked their Tasmanian wines and flea-market finds, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Corinda in Tasmania…
Corinda has a thousand tales to tell. The history of the house started in the 1870s, when the wealthy timber merchant and Mayor of Hobart, Alfred Crisp, bought this prime plot on the crest of a hill and built his magnificent Victorian residence. But the Corinda story goes back even further – the land was previously used as a convict-run vegetable farm, and you can still see (and stay in) the original servants’ quarters today. The estate passed through the Crisp family, most notably to Alfred’s son Basil, a cycling fanatic who won the world’s oldest track event, the Austral Wheel Race, in 1895. Over a hundred years on, Alfred’s great great grandson Julian preserves the spirit of Corinda with his wife Chaxi, who also happens to be an expert in the kitchen – for proof, join one of her Spanish cooking lessons.
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