I hate to admit but I know I am quite a particular traveler. In cities where we will spend a lot of time out, I don’t really bother about hotel quality so long as it’s clean and decent/safe location. But because in national parks or near beaches, we tend to stay indoors to just slow down and relax, I have higher expectations I guess. So I was really looking forward to Avalon Rocky Hills, and I am so glad it didn’t disappoint me!! So thankful we landed a free night stay with the winter promotion.
Avalon, rooted in Arthurian Legend, means “island of paradise.” And as with all mysterious islands, it was indeed hard to find. It took us a 2km of off-the-track dirt track before we arrived to meet our lovely host, Ann.
She went through in details every facility within the retreat – from books to a movable TV stand (see below video! so smart!) to bath salts to the self-contained kitchen with a freezer and fridge full of food, and a separate ARTIST HOUSE! How cool is that? Can jam while you stay in! Avalon is designed so that you can stay in the whole time if you want.
I am not sure who can NOT like this insane nature view of the trees and clear waters and skies? And thoughtfully decored interior and exteriors blending in with nature…
The amazing relaxing outdoor tub made of Huon pine (unique to Tasmania). Huon pines keep heat well, and as a natural oil as a natural preservative! I could soak in it for 30minutes in winter so that is amazing heat-insulation properties!
After soaking, just watching the view is the beautiful home is so comforting. What a privilege we managed to enjoy this luxury. It was quite fun to do the short dash in the cold back to warm comforts of the retreat!
It was a great plus that nature decided to give us a minor geomagnetic storm – Aurora Australis right outside Avalon! The utter darkness gave us good visibility including seeing the Milky Way with our naked eyes. This is a big thing for city folks like us who usually can’t see much due to light pollution.
Back to Avalon Rocky Hills itself, the owner is apparently a wonderful lady called Brett who lives down in Hobart. I love her eye for details in the entire architecture and interior design of the place. She spent a year formulating a scent from Tasmanian berries to infuse into Avalon series of personal care items, with a gender neutral scent so everyone can enjoy this product series. Also love that the product is totally natural 🙂
Since Avalon is coveniently located in the Freycinet area, there are a lot of other adventure activities nearby. So we went to enjoy nature with kayaking and ATV!
Kayaking nearby Avalon, at Coles Bay
Avalon Rocky Hills is also very conveniently located near other interesting sites in the larger Freycinet area.
Back to the property, we also went to enjoy the Art House that is 5 minutes walk from the main retreat. Once again, the amazing owner apparently uprooted an entire church building that was going to be torn down to be rebuilt into this arthouse at Rocky Hills. One can fully express your creativity in this beautiful old church.
If you want to enquire, please book with Avalon Rock Hills directly.
We definitely hope to be back to Tasmania, and next time, we would definitely try out Avalon Coastal Retreat! *dreams*