Situated on a pretty corner in the village of Ranelagh, the historic property of Clifton dates back to the 1850's, with the main house dating from 1865. From the entrance through the old lead light doorway, through the house and into the gardens along the sweeping drive and cypress hedge this remarkable property is like another world. Steeped in history and surrounded by old gardens and trees, Clifton has long been considered a landmark in the Huon Valley.
The property now consists of around 5 acres of grounds with the main house, gardens and magnificent oast house all listed by the National Trust. In addition to the 25 room house, there are two small cottages and historic outbuildings scattered around the property.
Clifton has been used for generations as a gracious family residence, and has also played its part in Tasmania's tourism industry as a boutique Bed and Breakfast, first opened in 2001. Once the foremost accommodation provider in the Huon Valley, with visitors coming to the area just to visit the house and gardens, the home has recently undergone further cosmetic renovation and has been reopened to guests, adding a promising business as part of this lifestyle property.
The home itself currently features four stunning guest suites with adjoining bathrooms, in addition to a formal guest drawing room, dining room, reading library, beautiful entry foyer and an extra bathroom all located in the accommodation wing of the house. The private section includes a further three bedrooms, dressing room, living space, main bathroom and a separate access. Below is the kitchen - a modern workable version with Tasmanian oak bench tops, Falcon gas stove with double electric oven and bespoke cabinetry with the original casement windows featuring hand blown glass. This area is flanked on either side by a storage cellar and the butler's pantry.
The house is centrally heated with two large reverse cycle systems, and individual gas hot water units service all main house bathrooms, five of which have underfloor heating. Original features throughout include timber panelling, several fireplaces including a stunning marble example, large feature leadlight, ceiling roses, wide skirting and architraves, as well as all original doors and windows intact.
In the grounds, the current owners have added two accommodation cottages, one remodelled in 2007 and currently tenanted, and the other built in 2009 from reclaimed materials (including solid Huon Pine corbels and convict brickwork) and intended for use as an extension of the Bed and Breakfast business. There are also two pickers huts that are located now at the front of the property. They have housed seasonal pickers for many years and form a valuable part of the history of Clifton. Lastly, a large suite in the front of the oast house provides further accommodation for guests, staff or private tenants (as it is currently used).
The gardens are extensive, rambling and varied. The grounds have many old trees and shrubs of mature size; the towering maples and oaks make stunning additions providing large areas of shade in summer and a beautiful display in autumn. The 150 year old Magnolia Grande is one of Clifton's original trees and sits in the large driveway bed with a huge rhododendron, an ancient flowering cherry and several smaller magnolias. Hellebores, lilies, foxgloves and many other plant species thrive in this self-mulching and shady section of the garden. The grounds also feature many fruit trees, towering pines, elms, birch and mature hedges.
The house and surrounding property has been of enormous importance in the Huon, and this prominence earned Clifton a brief visit from Her Majesty the Queen when she was shown the apple harvesting process during a royal tour in 1970. The visit was publicised in the Australian Women's Weekly of that year, an example of which can be viewed hanging in the hallway of the house.
There is extensive scope for this property as a tourism venture, with room for further accommodation or associated ventures. As a private family home in addition to a luxury guest house business, this property is for a discerning buyer with a vision to the endless possibilities it presents.
Details of the accommodation business can be found at
the Matilda's of Ranelagh website.
|Floor Area||573 sqm|
|Land Size||2.122 Ha|
|Approx year built||1900|
|House style||Georgian, Federation|
|Garaging / carparking||Closed carport|
|Construction||Weatherboard, Timber and Sandstone|
|Walls / Interior||Timber, Other (Sandstone), Gyprock|
|Flooring||Carpet, Polished, Timber, Other (Venial) and Tiles|
|Window coverings||Drapes, Net curtains, Blinds (Roman), Other (Roller)|
|Heating / Cooling||Reverse cycle a/c, Woodfire (Open, Closed), Ducted, Gas bottled, Electric|
|Property Features||Smoke alarms, Other (Electric Gate)|
|Chattels remaining||Wood Heaters, Falcon Stove, 2x Reverse Cycle Heat Pumps, 2x Cassette Style Heat Pumps, Blinds, Drapes, Fixed floor coverings, Light fittings, Stove, TV aerial|
|Kitchen||New, Separate, Upright stove, Rangehood, Gas bottled, Pantry and Finished in Timber|
|Living area||Formal dining, Separate dining, Formal lounge, Separate living|
|Ensuite||Spa bath, Separate shower|
|Extra bedrooms||Extra bedrooms|
|Main bathroom||Spa bath, Separate shower, Heater|
|Outdoor living||Garden, Verandah|
|Fencing||Fully fenced, Materials (Picket, Post and Wire)|
|Garden||Garden shed (Number of sheds: 5)|
|Water supply||Town supply|
|Locality||Close to shops, Close to schools, Close to transport|