Kick back and relax amid the beautiful rugged landscape surrounding rustic, homey hotel Piermont Retreat in Tasmania. Mother Nature will keep you entertained here (you won’t even miss the WiFi): dolphins frolic in the bay as your breakfast, the pool offers a front-row seat for views of rolling meadows, and there are two private sandy beaches to chill out on. Guests stay in bio-sustainable reproductions of Cornish cottages (or sea-view suites), which are scattered among the oak and gum trees of the estate. Kayaks and mountain bikes are on hand for outdoor adventures by sea and land, and there’s plenty of locally produced wine to accompany cosy evenings by the fireplace. Go on – make yourself at home.
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Double rooms from $233.18 (AU$341), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates generally exclude breakfast; à la carte items start from AU$25. There's a three per cent charge for American Express payments.
Piermont Retreat rests in an area with a neutral magnetic field – allegedly, it’s the key to a good night's sleep.
Three new pavilions are being built at the edge of the property, and guests may experience some noise disruption from the construction. The rooms closest to the work site have been closed, and the noise is being kept to a minimum.
At the hotel
Two private beaches, stables, polo field, tennis court, free kayaking gear, free WiFi in the restaurant, laundry services. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, a kitchenette, tea-making facilities, Nespresso coffee machine, Natural Earth bath products. Cottages also have working fireplaces.
Our favourite rooms
We especially love the waterfront rooms and cottages for their direct access to the pristine white-sand beach.
The outdoor saltwater pool is family-friendly and has views out across the river. Smalls can keep an eye out for grazing sheep across the way – and you can catch a glimpse of the ocean as you swim leisurely laps or recline poolside. The pool is unheated and open only during summer months.
Bring your swimsuits in the summer, woolly knits in the winter, and hiking boots and camera no matter when you visit.
The Homestead Restaurant is wheelchair accessible, however guest rooms are not.
Young Smiths are welcome to stay in the cottages; however, the estate and wild surroundings are more suitable for older children or teenagers who can fully enjoy the outdoor adventures.
The cottages are made of bio-sustainable stone and local timber; food is locally sourced and the hotel composts, and recycles grey water.
Floor-to-ceiling windows means there’s not a bad seat in the house, but snag a table directly by a window for uninterrupted views of the rolling landscape.
Make yourself at home(stead) with cosy knits in the winter and casual linens in the summer.
The building housing Homestead Restaurant dates back to 1838 – the original cobblestone façade is clearly visible – but inside, you’ll find an all-modern eatery with a locavore ethos to boot. It’s helmed by chef Tristan Stephens, who collaborates with local farmers and winemakers to craft seasonally inspired menus. The menu changes with the tides and could feature freshly caught baby octopus or beef with heirloom tomatoes. Save room for two scoops of the hazelnut praline ice cream if you spot it on the menu. During the summer, owner Juan will fire up a traditional Argentinian asado if you ask nicely. Breakfast is served in the restaurant too; choose from à la carte options including traditional ‘Full Piermont’, avocado smashed on rye bread, and warming bowls of porridge.
There’s no standalone bar, but you can lounge with a drink on a sofa by the fireplace in the restaurant. We recommend picking something from the list of local Tasmanian wines.
Breakfast is served from 8am to 9.30am, and dinner from 6pm to 10pm.
None, but the Piermont pantry is open all day and has a selection of local goodies to purchase for seaside picnics or in-room dining.
The cottages and main house of Piermont Retreat are set on a private estate just south of Swansea on the Tasman Highway.
Hobart International Airport and regional Launceston Airports are both 90 minutes away by car; roundtrip transfers are AU$175 for up to four guests. If you’re arriving via long-haul flight, you’ll likely stopover in Melbourne on your way. Have our Smith24 Team arrange your flights and transport to the estate.
Your own set of wheels will come in handy for exploring the coast and surrounding area. Swansea is a five minute’s drive away; there’s free on-site parking at the hotel, and our Smith24 Team can make hiring a car a breeze.
Worth getting out of bed for
Explore the estate’s two private beaches – Cowrie Beach and Stony Creek – or borrow one of the hotel’s kayaks to paddle along the coast. Meander over the outdoor amphitheatre in the grounds, splash about in the pool (during the summer months), or challenge your travel companion to a tennis match. Make friends with the eight resident horses with a bucket of apples, then borrow mountain bikes or lace up your hiking boots to explore Tasmania’s rugged landscape. Nearby Freycinet National Park has a gaggle of winding hiking trails to choose from; the nature reserve stretches from the heathlands to the unspoilt beaches edging the Tasman Sea, so pack a picnic lunch with goodies from the Piermont pantry and explore the secluded shores, and surf and swim at your leisure. The park’s Honeymoon Bay and Sleepy Bay are both good spots from which to keep an eye out for albatross, penguins, whales and fur seals. Prefer a view of the park without the hike? Make your way to the lookout point at Cape Tourville Lighthouse. You can also hop a ferry over to Maria Island National Park. Wineglass Bay Cruisesare equally leisurely, or you could just lounge in Homestead Restaurant with a book and a glass of something sippable.
Stop by Melshell Oysters, a 20-minute drive along the coast, to sample freshly harvested bivalves from Great Oyster Bay. Some of Tasmania’s best wineries are a popped cork’s flight from the estate; go for a tour and tasting session at nearby Devil’s Corner Vineyard, then stay for dinner at Devil’s Corner Cellar Door for wood-fired pizzas, freshly shucked oysters and home-made gelatos. The shellfish theme continues at relaxed eatery Oyster Bay Seafood, where kids can chow down on hotdogs or fish and chips while parents reach for the tartar sauce.
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 Tasmania and unpacked their bottles of pinot noir and riesling, a full account of their outdoorsy Australian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Piermont Retreat in Swansea…
Boutique stay Piermont Retreat is gum-tree-dotted estate on Tasmania’s rugged coast. Bio-sustainable cottages, made from local stone and timber, are scattered about the rolling estate, which has sweeping views across Great Oyster Bay. The restored 19th-century homestead now houses a modern restaurant that works with local organic farms. There’s also a saltwater pool, which looks out across Stony River to the sheep-filled meadows. Curl up by the fireplace – your cottage’s own, or the restaurant’s if you prefer to be nearer the collection of wines from local vineyards – or strike out into the grounds to feed apples to the resident horses, have leisurely picnics under a leafy oak tree, and take refreshing coastal dips at one of the estate’s two private white-sand beaches.
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Piermont Retreat’s Guestbook below.
The open fireplace in the honeymoon suite. The restaurant is beautiful with a scenic view of the ocean and dinner was incredible!
Stayed on 19 Jun 2019
Location is idyllic, the food is superb and the selection of local wines is very impressive. Eating in the restaurant is a delight. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Amenities are very good
Quite rustic and grounds might benefit from a little more attention - but appreciate key is being close to nature. Consider weather and temperature of water for swimming.
Stayed on 4 Mar 2019
Location. Beautiful views. Great restaurant and great waiting staff.
Hotel service. Very much self catering. Not a hotel.
Stayed on 15 Feb 2019
We loved everything. The location is perfect, the grounds are gorgeous, and the rooms are gorgeous and comfortable. The restaurant is killer and the service was excellent.
Stayed on 28 Aug 2018
We stayed four nights in July. The super king villa is really special, we stayed as a couple although it can accommodate three couples. The villa is very spacious and has plenty of outdoor areas, all with spectacular uninterrupted views over the ocean. We were lucky enough to be there for a red moon. There is everything you need in the giant kitchen, including some slightly more than basic supplies. The master bedroom was very comfortable and again gorgeous views everywhere. The host are lovely and whilst nearby if you need assistance you are left alone to enjoy your peace and privacy. Long walks are a must!
Noise or wild nightlife. This is a winter wonderland with lovely day trips and evenings in the villa.
Stayed on 27 Jul 2018
The cabin was stunning with an amazing outlook to Freycinet National Park. It was really cozy, warmed by a fire with a lot of space to relax. We will definitely be back. Make sure you try some wine tasting and the best oysters ever at Melshells Oyster Shack.
Stayed on 27 Jul 2018
I loved how quite and peaceful the retreat was. Amazing spot with a private beach. The cottages are very well kept and well scattered throughout the property. The staff seemed very friendly
Don't expect lots of dining options. The hotel has a restaurant but its very expensive with limited options. For example the two course meal was 60 which is fine some nights but it'd be nice to have a more casual option. Also there is only WiFi in the restaurant and not the rooms.
Stayed on 14 Apr 2018
The fireplace, location, outlook, restaurant, gourmet food, views and relaxation.