At the start of the month I travelled to Tasmania with one of my best girlfriends to stay at Maylands Lodge, a newly-opened boutique hotel with a family connection.
Set within a vast property on the fringe of Hobart, Maylands Lodge is a 12-bedroom heritage home that has been fully restored and renovated by my cousins Mark, Dan, Jenny, and their parents, my Aunt and Uncle.
Each of the rooms pays homage to the heritage of the building and incorporates contemporary elements, and the result is a breathtakingly beautiful, luxurious, and nurturing urban retreat.
With an architect (my Uncle), and engineers (my cousins) in the mix, my family was well equipped to breathe life back into this gorgeous historic property and I’m so inspired by what they’ve achieved. It’s the sort of place that makes you want to chuck in your day job and find your own architectural relic to rehabilitate.
And it’s not just the physical transformation of Maylands Lodge that won my heart. Our stay was punctuated by exquisite attention to detail and memorable personal touches, from the honesty bar in the drawing room (which we made good use of during our stay) to the sleepy tea and treats that awaited us with their turn-down service each night.
Am I biased when I say Maylands Lodge is one of the finest boutique hotels in Australia? Yes! Am I telling the truth? Abso-blooming-loutely!