Set high up on a hill overlooking the dazzling Great Oyster Bay and Maria Island in Swansea, Rocky Hills Retreat has all the trimmings of a stylish, intimate getaway. Surrounded by 250 acres of native bushland, this intimate and luxurious hideaway can be reached via a rocky road up a hill where resident kangaroos mill about.
The modern luxury accommodation features a single-floor, open-plan layout—a marvel of light and space—that captivates from the moment you step inside. This exquisite space is enclosed by large glass walls, which gives it that airy and spacious feel, as well as affords you views from every corner of the room. The open layout does not take away from the secluded or private ambience, in fact it just adds to the feeling of intimacy, like there’s only you and your loved one standing on top of the world.
With the arresting beauty of the locale, Rocky Hills Retreat needs no embellishment. However, the stunning design by award-winning Australian architect Craig Rosevear is worthy of elaboration. There are three large decks from which to enjoy the scenery and watch the sun rise and set every day of your stay. On one of the decks sits a superbly crafted Huon Pine bath where you can unwind and relax in nature’s embrace.
Enjoyment of the outdoors continue indoors with the floor-to-ceiling, wrap-around glass walls. Taking centrestage is the luxurious king-size bed mounted on a velvet covered platform and headboard. Drape curtains you can enclose the bed with provide more privacy when you want it. But who would want to shut out the breathtaking vistas from the bed?
Just a few steps from the bed is a spacious modern bathroom with an enclosed shower stall. Even here, the architects have made nature the highlight of the design with a glorious skylight to watch the treetops and also suffuse it in light. The bath comes equipped with fluffy towels, deluxe toiletries, hair dryer, and foot spa products.
A kitchen with state-of-the-art amenities and separate dining area that can seat 6 people take the space behind the bed. Here’s the best part. Hungry but feeling lazy to go out and buy food? No need to drag yourself away from this heavenly abode. At Rocky Hills Retreat, they’ve thought of everything!
The kitchen comes fully stocked with dry pantry ingredients, such as spices, oils, onions, chutneys, and potatoes. In the refrigerator you’ll also find thick-cut bacon, ready-made frozen meals, frozen deli, eggs, milk, as well as a welcome bottle of champagne. So, you can to bring your own provisions to cook with, or you can choose to eat at one of the local restaurants in the area if you prefer.
When you’ve had your fill of delicious grub, the living area with its plush couches, shagpile carpeting, and tons of pillow is the perfect place to retreat. It is made cosier and inviting with a small wood-burning fireplace and a mini-library where you can pick out a book to get lost in.
Additionally, there is a barbecue grill for entertaining. And for those looking to connect with technology, a TV, DVD player, selection of DVDs, and an iPod dock are also provided. That’s not all. Use of Wi-Fi Internet, binoculars, raincoats, hats, gloves, washing machine, and dryer are complimentary.
But what makes Rocky Hills Retreat extra special is the addition of a fully equipped art studio. Located just 300 metres away, the studio was reconstructed from an old church about to be demolished and transferred to its current place. It has everything you can think of to express your creativity: crayons, brushes, canvases, paint, a deck that overlooks the forest, guitar, and even a stage to perform your own songs or play!
Although inactivity is very much welcome at Rocky Hills Retreat, going out to explore all that this region has to offer is highly recommended. The impressive mountains and the sparkling waters of the bay provide the perfect setting to enjoy a vast range of activities.
About a kilometre or so away, you will find Mayfield Beach. This short stretch of marvellously soft, white sand is the perfect place for a swim or a stroll. Then there are historic buildings and places nearby, such as the Anglican Church, which was built in 1871, and Bark Mill Museum, which are both a delight to see. There are beautiful vineyards just past Great Oyster Bay where you can savour well-made Australian wines with some locally made cheese.
For great coffee, pies, waffles, and ice cream head to Kate Berry’s Farm and sit under the wisteria-draped pergola. The farm is located 3 km south of Swansea at the heart of Tasmania’s East Coast. Or, get closer to nature at Freycinet National Park famous for its pink granite mountains.
And as the day draws to a close, head back to your lovely, albeit temporary, home in Tasmania and think about the next time you’ll return to this magical part of Australia.