Redcliffe House.13569 Tasman Highway, Swansea. Picture: SUPPLIED
IT has been nine years since Gail Miles and Nigel Griffiths fell in love with Tasmania and moved from Byron Bay in New South Wales to run the historic B&B Redcliffe House at Swansea on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast.
Those nine years have been filled with meeting people from all over the world, including a Chinese ambassador, several authors and even a famous actress. Gail and Nigel have loved sharing their special pocket of the state with visitors.
“We love our home and sharing the garden with guests,” Gail says.
“The garden is wonderful and attracts all sorts of wildlife.
“At last count, we’ve seen about 30 species of birds. My favourites are the pink robins and the red robins.”
Picture perfect for the family chef.
When the couple found the place nearly a decade ago, it was in need of some tender loving care.
Gail and Nigel were just the people to do it. They knew the mix of the history, the location and the extraordinary grounds were more than a little special.
“It was rundown and old,’’ Gail says. “We did up all the rooms, the bathrooms and the kitchen. Now each room has an individual flavour.”
Redcliffe was built in 1835 by convicts to house themselves while building the nearby Cambria Homestead, which has recently been zoned for a resort development.
A wealth of gardens to explore.
Situated along the Meredith River and a short drive from some of the East Coast’s most stunning beaches, Redcliffe House is the two original 1835 cottages with a shared roof.
It retains a lot of the old-world charm, but still features all the modern conveniences needed.
Redcliffe House provides guests with a quiet, nature-filled haven from the outside world.
One guest on TripAdvisor reported back with a five-star review: “Quiet location in a natural setting with lots of birds singing. Lots of character in the house.”
Spacious sleeping quarters.
Some of the outside features include a vineyard, an outdoor fire to toast marshmallows on all year round, a chook pen, and established fruit trees.
Inside it’s comfortable and allows for a communal home or privacy when needed, with each room being fitted out with a small living space and bathroom or ensuite.
The property sits on a large parcel of land, 5.25 hectares, in a highly prized part of the East Coast.
A splash of something new alongside the property’s old-world charms.
Redcliffe House is a popular tourist destination, and Gail and Nigel are able to provide business figures on request.
Although the couple have loved their nine years welcoming guests to Redcliffe House — and they have a 4.5-star TripAdvisor rating for their efforts — it’s time to move on.
“As much as we love Tasmania and don’t want to leave, it’s time for us to follow the grandchildren to Adelaide and be closer to them,” Gail says.
This Swansea home at 13559 Tasman Highway is listed at $1.1 million with Roberts Real Estate Bicheno.