The Corinda Collection
Corindas Cottages; three historic self-contained cottages in the Glebe, on the Queens Domain, in Hobart.The Glebe is one of the oldest and quaintest areas of Hobart with views across the city and Mt Wellington.The original Corindas cottages were built in the 1850, and when the main building was completed, in 1880, they became the servants quarters. Alfred Crisp, the original builder, was a wealthy Hobart timber merchant who later became Lord Mayor of Hobart.There are now three beautifully restored, self-contained guest cottages accommodating two persons in each: the Servants quarters and the Gardners Cottage, which overlook the cobbled courtyard on the Aberdeen Street side, and at the front of the house, in the formal garden, is the Gardners Cottage. Each restored using a mix of antique and contemporary design. What gives the cottages their unique appeal is the imaginative way they have been decorated using colour and bric a brac.Each year Corindas garden is a feature of the Open Garden Scheme.
Like most of us, you are time poor? Your aim is to enjoy all three of Southern Tasmania’s world class attractions – MONA, Port Arthur and Maria Island – in comfort and style, but in no more than three or four days? Then look no further: The Corinda Experience is for you.
Corinda itself is perfectly placed for a busy day at MONA. The dedicated fast ferry is only a short walk downhill, on Hobart’s historic waterfront. After a second day discovering World Heritage listed Port Arthur, accessible by sea as well as over land, head for the lovely East Coast and our boutique country house hotel, Brockley.
Brockley Estate is the ideal stepping-off point for another full day, on Maria Island. The spectacular 20km long island is home to the Tasmanian Devil and other unique wildlife. Three days and nights, three unforgettable adventures and, each time, the comfort and charm of The Corinda Collection to come home to.
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.
Alfred Crisp Room
Inheriting his father’s timber business, Alfred went on to build a much larger fortune. He was at various times a magistrate, a member of the House of Assembly and, repeatedly, Mayor of Hobart. His 10 children went on living here well into the 20th century.
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 bedroom suite named in his honour in his old home has a magnificent view over Hobart’s river and busy waterfront, with cruise ships arriving almost daily. 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 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 Spode Room
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 man of his choice 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 best 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 Room
Samuel Crisp started life as a 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. 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.
He married twice and by the time of his death, aged 84, 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 has a deep interior sprung mattress with quilted latex overlay and best quality cotton sheets and pillowcases.
The furniture in Samuel’s room at Corinda 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.
The Verandah Room
This spacious bedroom has direct access to Corinda’s spectacular first floor verandah, with its elaborate ironwork and two-way views over the harbour, the garden and Mount Wellington.
The bed is a full king size with deep interior sprung mattress and a quilted latex overlay. The sheets and pillowcases are of finest quality cotton.
The antique furniture includes a beautifully figured 150 year old mahogany wardrobe with ample hanging space, big drawers and deep shelves. The antique oval pedestal table is locally made from the native cedar that was Alfred Crisp’s principal stock in trade. On the walls is a rare set of antique framed lithographs illustrating the Cries of London – quaint phrases called out by street vendors to advertise their wares in days long gone.
The Garden Room
Directly overlooking Corinda’s spectacular garden, and almost within touching distance of our 100-year-old Magnolia tree. Decorating the walls in this pretty room is a set of prints dated 1730 depicting the flowers of the four seasons, European style.
The Queen size bed has a handmade interior sprung mattress with quilted latex overlay. The sheets and pillowcases are of finest quality cotton.
A spacious bathroom offers a walk-in shower with Vintage brass and copper fittings.
Basil Crisp’s Room
Alfred Basil Crisp, one of Alfred’s sons, was a keen cyclist in the Golden Age of the bicycle. In 1895 he won Melbourne’s Austral Wheel Race, the oldest continuously run track event in the world and still one of the toughest. In later life, as a successful Hobart lawyer, Basil was one of the pioneers of Clifton Beach, founding what is now Tasmania’s premium surfing colony.
His room at Corinda features a King size bed with handmade interior sprung mattress, latex overlay and finest quality cotton sheets and pillowcases. Framed period photographs of Basil in his heyday decorate the walls.
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 Coach House
Built as the coach-house and stables for the main house in the 1880’s this charming little building with its original slate roof, antique horse paraphernalia and pressed metal ceilings is the epitome of rustic charm.
The Servants’ Quarters
Convict built, the Servants’ Quarters were probably constructed when the site was a convict-run vegetable garden. Bluestone walls and pit-sawn floor boards evoke the charm of yesteryear. A short walk downhill to the CBD, waterfront, Salamanca and Battery Point.
The Gardener’s Cottage
The Gardener’s Cottage was built in 1998 using materials salvaged from an early settler’s cottage built circa 1840 at South Arm. Heavy oak beams, pit-sawn timbers and richly coloured fabrics, together with quirky antique furnishings, create a cosy and intimate atmosphere. A spa bath is carefully concealed by heavy 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, a private terrace and mood lighting. The standard of design and finish in each is nothing short of breathtaking.
Pavilion A has a big bedroom and en suite bathroom, plus generous sitting and eating areas and a well equipped kitchen. Pavilion B 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.
Pavilion A has a big bedroom and en suite bathroom, plus generous sitting and eating areas and a well equipped kitchen.
Pavilion B 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.
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.
Corinda Collection has 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout.
Flat Screen TV
Off Street Parking
Shared balconyBath Robe
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Checking In & Out
Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am
Servants Quarters: $199
The Coach House: $199
Gardener's Cottage: $199
Alfred Crisp Room: $439
The Verandah Room: $249
Mary de Middlemore Spode: $299
Samuel Crisp Room: $199
Basil Crisp Room: $199
The Garden Room: $199