Michael and Anna have recently moved to The River House to fulfil their dream of a "Tree Change".
They are an active couple who embrace nature through bushwalking, mountain bike riding and resting in the scenic beauty of the Tamar River. As well as a boutique accommodation experience, Anna and Michael will provide you with local knowledge of what the Tamar region has to offer. They are active supporters of local business and they recognise the importance of sustainable business practice. Anna and Michael are avid supporters of the local ecosystem; actively encouraging the local fauna to visit the grounds. On your visit, you will see thriving birdlife, local pademelons, possums and if you're fortunate, an echidna.
Attuned to the diverse needs of their guests, Anna and Michael will create a memorable and relaxing experience with the highest standard of service and facilities.
The River House is a sprawling homestead with four spacious rooms, all equipped with a range of facilities to cater to your needs. Guests have full access to the lounge area where breakfast is served in the morning and where they can enjoy the fireplace and library in the evening. The lounge overlooks a stunning bend on the river. This is the space where plans and memories are made.
All Year Around
The River House boasts prime location in Northern Tasmania. Nestled on the banks of the Tamar River, it is an easy twelve minute drive on the East Tamar Highway to Launceston CBD. Launceston offers an enjoyable shopping experience with a range of dining options, beautiful historic buildings, the iconic Cataract Gorge and the Inveresk and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Your accommodation at The River House is the doorstep to your wider Tasmanian experience.
Wine flows like the river in the Tamar region with access to over 30 vineyards. A wonderful way to taste and experience a range of these vineyards is to organise a door to door tour with one of the many tour groups operating within the Tamar Valley. It is equally enjoyable to pick up a Tamar Valley Wine map and chart your own experience. Your hosts Anna and Michael have visited many of the wineries and are a great resource for day trip itineraries.
Summer at The River House is a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors and do some daytime bushwalking. At the top of Ben Lomond is the stunning Jacob's Ladder which is guaranteed to take your breath away. Tamar Island Wetlands, an important historic landmark in the early settlement of Launceston, is where you will discover 4 kms of easy board walking, perfect for bird watching and exploring the wetland centre.
Tasmania is home to the internationally recognised mountain bike park, Blue Derby, located just 1 hr 20 minutes from The River House. Your adventure can be organised by the team at Blue Derby, who offer a shuttle bus transfer from The River House as well as bike and equipment hire. Further afield, check out some of the local MTB parks - Hollybank, Trevallyn Reserve and Kate Reed.
Enjoy a round of golf at two of Australia's top golf courses at Barnbougle golf links. These beautiful courses are situated along the undulating sand hills and captivatingly stark beaches of the north east of Tasmania. Only a 50 minute drive from The River House, this golf course is not to be missed for the keen golfer.
A half day cruise down the Tamar River with one of the local companies is another ideal way to take in the natural beauty of the Tamar Valley. You can also explore one of the many well preserved historic homesteads in the region and connect with Tasmania's colonial experience.
Winter at The River House is a wonderful time to embrace the crispness of the beautiful region during the day and retreating to the open fireplace in the evening. Enjoy a local cheese platter with a paired wine or Tasmanian whisky and let the tension of city living melt away. Soak in one of our deluxe spa baths and plan your next day trip adventure.
"Tasmania's rugged beauty takes on an enchanted quality in winter. The air is crisp, and falling snow dusts the mountains and eucalyptus trees. Festivals celebrate apple cider, chocolate, singing and the winter solstice." (Guide to Tasmania's Winter Secrets).
Clear nights are also perfect for stargazing and glimpsing the enchanting southern lights of the Aurora Australis.
At The River House, our passion for sustainability and love for local produce intersect to create a unique experience. Our forward thinking approach to sustainable business processes ensure that the natural environment flourishes.
Discover the Tamar Vallery
The Tamar Valley follows the Tamar River from Launceston to the Bass Strait. It meanders for nearly 70 km through the heart of vineyard country, past orchards, scenic pastures and forests. From there it winds east through the Narawntapu National Park presenting panoramic views of Badger Head and Bass Strait.
Food and Wine
Launceston Tamar Valley and its surrounds boasts fantastic food and wine experiences for all. There are dozens of cafes and restaurants offering quality food within 30 minutes of The River House, with the closest cafe just 4 mins away. Your hosts can make excellent suggestions for reputable local restaurants and you are free to discover your own hidden culinary gems.
The Tamar Valley and surrounding wine regions produce premium cool climate, world class wine in four varieties. Our top four wines are Pinot Noir, Tasmanian Sparkling, Riesling and Sweet White. Exceptional Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot are also popular and readily available.
One of the top ten wine routes on the doorstep of The River House starts at Harvest Market Launceston. Whether you are going to the beach, the mountains, the airport or back to The River House, there is an abundance of quality local wines to be sampled, savoured and enjoyed.