Each of our spacious, light-filled bedrooms is different, furnished with original antiques and mellow textiles. From most, you can see for miles over our spectacular garden and Hobart’s famous harbour. Your breakfast on the verandah is one you won’t forget, either, with fresh home baked bread, eggs from our own farm, crisp organic bacon and jams made specially for us from the choicest Tasmanian fruits.
Guests staying in Corinda’s Cottages or Corinda Contemporary are welcome to join us in the big house for breakfast and for other meals, and to enjoy the bar and facilities whenever they please.
Corinda is different. Julian`s great great grandfather, Alfred Crisp, built this magnificent private house – one of Hobart`s biggest and best located – in the early 1880s. More than 130 years after his death, his visitor-friendly family home and its lavish gardens are still very much as he left them, with all their rich, High Victorian charm intact. Rare native timbers, polished antique furniture, period bathroom fittings and real oil paintings in gilded frames give Corinda a friendly, mellow character no corporate hotel can match.
Alfred’s bedroom is one of the biggest in his huge house, with a spectacular bay window overlooking Hobart’s famous harbour. These days, Sullivan’s Cove is full of cruise liners, but we can imagine Crisp standing here on the lookout for sailing ships bringing cargoes from all over the world for his flourishing timber business.
The bed in Alfred’s room is a full King size with deep interior sprung mattress and a quilted latex overlay. The sheets and pillowcases are of best quality cotton.
The antique furniture is largely Tasmanian. The wardrobe, just like Crisp’s principal stock in trade, is of native cedar, dating from around 1860. The tall chest of drawers with barley twist columns is also of Tasmanian cedar and dates from the same period, as does the cedar chaise longue in the bay window.
The cedar washstand was made by Whitesides of Hobart early in the 20th century, and the Gothic bedside table is of native black oak. Enjoy your trip back in time to the heyday of Hobart Town.
Mary de Middlemore Spode was the daughter of Josiah Spode, supervisor of convicts in the early years of the colony. He was an army officer, a son of the founder of the famous Staffordshire pottery that still bears the family name.
Mary’s claim to fame is that, rather than following her father’s wishes and marrying the husband he chose, she eloped with her true love. Their descendant, the well known broadcaster Ellis Blain, married Hettie, grand-daughter of Alfred Crisp, the builder of Corinda.
Mary’s room at the front of the house has a magnificent view over Corinda’s award-winning garden towards Mount Wellington, which often has snow at its summit in winter.
The full King size bed has a padded linen headboard, deep interior sprung mattress with quilted latex overlay and finest quality cotton sheets and pillowcases. The carved antique wardrobe is French, circa 1890. The elegant little lady’s chair is of walnut, with original Victorian hand made needlework. One of the bedside tables is Georgian, of solid mahogany, whilst the other was made locally of Tasmanian oak in about 1930.
In the bathroom, a ceramic sink from one of Hobart’s magnificent Henry Hunter mansions stands on a Victorian marble washstand. The cast iron bath with its “four poster” curtained shower is possibly original to the house.
Samuel Crisp started life as a poor weaver in rural Suffolk, England. His story almost makes one wonder if transportation shouldn’t be reintroduced as a beneficial alternative to present day incarceration.
Samuel’s crime was stealing a sheep from a neighbouring farmer to feed his starving family. Times were hard in the textile trade at the time due to the introduction of the automated Jacquard loom.
Sentenced to transportation for life and arriving in Van Diemen’s land in 1828, aged 24, the young Englishman behaved himself so well that his wife was soon allowed to join him. Having earned his ticket of leave, he set out to make his fortune in the timber business. When he died aged 84 in 1888, Crisp was a rich man, “very cheerful and hearty”, according to his obiturary.
He married twice and by the time of his death, had 12 children, 80 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Two of his sons, including Alfred who inherited the business and built Corinda, served as Mayor of Hobart – not bad going for the offspring of a poverty stricken convict.
The full King size bed in Samuel’s room at Corinda has a deep interior sprung mattress with quilted latex overlay and best quality cotton sheets and pillowcases.
The furniture is antique, much of it of local origin. The Gothic wardrobe is of Tasmanian native cedar and dates from about 1870. One of the bedside tables is mahogany, whilst the other, painted with a native fern, is made from Tasmania’s own unique timber, the immensely long lived Huon pine.
Among the many interesting pictures in the room is a drawing by Viv Web, made in about 1920, of the last lioness to be held captive in Hobart Zoo.
There are three of these in the grounds, and you can rent them by the night, like a hotel room, or for longer.
They are all charming, self-contained, quirkily furnished and all with a double bedroom, bathroom and sitting area. Each one has a kitchen, too, but you can eat in the hotel and use the big bar there if you prefer. Either way, we provide breakfast ingredients for your first morning just in case…
Two cottages, the Coach House and the Servants’ Quarters, can be configured for an extra bed if required.
The Gardener’s Cottage was built in 1998 using materials salvaged from an early settlers cottage built circa 1840 at South Arm. Heavy oak beams, pit-sawn timbers and richly coloured fabrics together with a very pleasing array of antique furnishing create a cosy and intimate atmosphere. A spa bath is carefully concealed by heavy colonial cedar doors.
That’s our name for two ultra-smart Pavilions tucked away in the garden that salute the 21st century. Choose one of these to put you in the mood for on-trend Hobart and the cutting edge art at MONA!
You can book for one night or longer. Each Pavilion has its own sun terrace. Both have full length windows, polished hardwood floors, state of the art kitchen and bathrooms, and mood lighting. The standard of design and finish in each is nothing short of breathtaking.
Pavilion One has a big bedroom and en suite bathroom, plus generous sitting and eating areas and a well equipped kitchen. Pavilion Two is much larger, with two big bedrooms and bathrooms and a third that embraces the whole first floor – ideal for a child or two, or an extra guest.
We provide breakfast essentials for your first morning, but you are welcome to eat in the main house (only a few steps away) if you prefer. You can use the big bar and drawing room there, too.
After enjoying the sites of Hobart, one of Australia’s hottest visitor destinations, why not drive an hour or so due east for a couple of days’ rest at Brockley? Brockley Estate, our historic country property, famous for its unspoiled Colonial atmosphere and delicious food and wine, is perfectly placed for the white sand beaches of the East Coast and for an unforgettable day on Maria Island.
Set in the midst of a 10,000 acre Merino wool property, only an hour`s drive away on Tasmania`s lovely East Coast, Brockley homestead dates from 1841 and is furnished, like Corinda, with priceless original antiques. Famous for fine dining and magnificent local wines, the property is perfectly located for Maria Island, home to the unique Tasmanian Devil.
Brockley Cottages, equally comfortable, are only a few steps away from the historic 1841 homestead. The Old Dairy has a sitting room with kitchenette and wood-burning stove, a cosy double bedroom and shower room. The Shearers’ Cottage is bigger, with two bedrooms, a shower room and a large front room for sitting, eating and cooking, also with a cosy wood-burner.
Guests in Brockley Cottages are welcome to share evening meals with house guests when available and the house is not exclusively booked. Prior bookings are essential.