Red Feather Inn has a story that dates back to 1842, when it was first built with convict labour. It later became one of Van Diemen’s Land’s first coaching inns when it was licensed in 1844. So if you like your overnight stay served up with a good dose of history this luxury bed and breakfast just outside Launceston is the pick.
Not only does Red Feather have a notable collection of sandstone buildings, but it runs cooking classes and swings open its doors for evening dining on Friday and Saturday evenings, with a cellar brimming with cool climate wines. Proprietor Lydia Nettlefold reinvented the Red Feather Inn to meet her vision of ‘Georgian dancing with French provincial’. She has hit the mark with this Tasmanian heritage treasure appointed with all the modern comforts. They also serve food to in-house guests every night of the week.
Whether you’re staying at Red Feather Inn or visiting for the day, why not take a cooking class. Opt for a butchery and sausage-making class (10am to 3pm) through to smoking and curing or the popular ‘to market to market’ class, where you’ll meet the Red Feather Inn chefs at the Harvest Market (Saturdays) to source fresh produce for the day’s cooking. Later, share a long table banquet together with a glass or two of local wine.
VISIT: 42 Main Street, Hadspen
Words & Images from the book: Tailored Tasmania 2
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