Truffle Lodge is an exquisite glamping property on the banks of the Derwent River, 39 kilometres north of Hobart.
Billed as a five-star hotel under canvas, the almost 5-hectare property has a lodge with bar and dining facilities, and eight luxurious safari tents. All the luxury tents face the Derwent which abounds with trout and platypus.
In fact, the first safari tent is called ‘Platypus Point’ because workmen saw so many of the unique duck-billed mammals while they were erecting it.
Truffle Lodge also contains a one-hectare hazelnut orchard, which is one of Australia’s first truffieres – a plot of land cultivated to produce the delectable truffles.
The glamping property was inspired by the owners’ experiences on safari in Botswana and it opened for business in October 2017.
It is an outstanding, totally unique, luxury camping complex, one of the best glamping properties in Tasmania.
John Blacklow, from Knight Frank, said Truffle Lodge was on sale for offers above $2 million.
“It’s a fantastic place right on the beautiful river,” Mr Blacklow said. “It’s the only glamping property on the Derwent, and while luxury camping is a relatively new concept it is certainly a growth industry and a lot of people want to experience it.
“The safari tents are very upmarket – real luxury – plus there is a communal lodge so that guests can have the choice of being in the luxury tent or staying in the lodge.”
Mr Blacklow said with 4.964 hectares there was great scope for further expansion.
“There’s no need to spend any money,” he said, “because it’s all been done, but there is heaps of room to put up more safari tents to increase profits, to build a residence, or even establish a vineyard.
“The property has so much potential. The tents have big decks on the front so people can sit there and watch the river rush by or watch platypus on the banks.”
The property is on the Lyell Highway just 300 metres from the hamlet of Gretna, and has absolute river frontage in a breathtaking rural setting.
The vendors also own historic Woodbridge in New Norfolk which is a five-star boutique hotel.
Both properties are for sale individually but can be bought together as a package, as the properties complement each other.
The accommodation at Truffle Lodge is spaced along 700 metres of pristine river frontage, on an open pasture setting.
The area is steeped in colonial history and at the nearby Woolpack Inn the bushranger Martin Cash once shot it out with local lawmen.
The safari tents are all located in a row south-west of the lodge and are connected by timber walkways.
They are similar in design, each containing at least 81 square metres. A unique feature is the ensuite bathroom at the front which, from the outside, looks like a Colorbond water tank.
The tents come with a king bed or two king singles, leather and canvas lounges, bar fridge, fan and heater, tea and coffee facilities, vacuum cleaner and rocking chairs.
The property’s wildlife includes platypus, possums, wallabies, echidnas, and the endangered swift parrot.
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