Set just outside of Launceston, Tasmania’s second biggest city, the white fences and sprawling green grounds of the Country Club of Tasmania were an inviting site as I drove up to the hotel.
Families fed the ducks by the pond, people were teeing off on the green – a relaxing way to spend a balmy autumn afternoon – and out beyond the car park I could see horses tacked and ready for afternoon riding lessons. I didn’t know places like this existed in Australia, places that combined the best of country and city lifestyle.
While the hotel and property are grand, the rooms are spacious but homely with a little bit of country charm in every inch of the property.
While staying at the Country Club of Tasmania I stayed in a deluxe room with two queen beds – one for me and one for my Tasmanian road trip buddy, Vickie. Not being used to travelling with a blogger she flopped onto a bed, declaring it’s comfort, before realising that I wanted to take a photo of the room – whoops! With Vickie’s sleeping comfort assured I got back to exploring the room.
The rooms are incredibly spacious, great if you’re travelling with a friend or family, with large bathrooms, plenty of storage space and a desk that could double as a dining space.
Opening the curtains I could see green grass and forest, then bringing nature indoors with the rooms Tasmanian timber furnishings.
One of the features I really liked was that their mini bar included a selection of the great Tasmanian products for guests to take home with them. Included were lavender soaps, scrubs and body lotions from Bridestowe Estate, home of a Lavender Farm, Bear Made Leatherwood Anzac biscuits, Meadow Choice Tasmanian honey and mixed flavour rock candy that is handmade by Sweet-As.
Being just a short drive from Launceston makes city exploration easy but if you want to stay on-site there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a weekend or longer!
Not only do they have a championship standard 18-hole golf course and a driving range, there’s also horse riding, a health club, indoor heated pool, spa and sauna. If that’s not enough there’s squash and tennis courts as well as trout fishing in the lake.
For those who want something a little less active there are five restaurants, including the award winning, Terrace which offers a la carte menu - I can vouch that it is delicious! - and four bars. To top it off there’s a boutique casino on site.
With so much on offer one night was no enough to enjoy all the facilities at the Country Club of Tasmania. With our next trip already in the planning stages you can be sure we’ll consider staying again or at least visit to go horse riding and maybe finally learn to play golf!
Now it’s over to you
Which do you prefer – a city break or a country escape?
Rooms rates: There are a range of different room styles available, including five star manor suites, deluxe rooms and self-contained villas. For current pricing, please consult the Country Club of Tasmania’s website.
There is free valet parking on site.
Additional charges do apply for some recreational activities, including horse riding.
I was a guest of the Country Club of Tasmania, part of my Spirit of Tasmania road trip.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.
Photo credit: All photos are owned by the Country Club of Tasmania. Unfortunately my SD card corrupted.