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Woodbridge on the Derwent

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Woodbridge on the Derwent

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Experience one of Australia's oldest and most historic houses.

Woodbridge on the Derwent offers unique, luxury riverfront accommodation, steeped in history and defined by gracious hospitality. Woodbridge is Tasmania's only Small Luxury Hotel of the World, Tasmania's only accredited 5 Star Hotel, and was listed as one of Australia's Top 10 Luxury Hotels by Business Review Magazine.

1825 Tasmanian Mansion converted to 5 Star Accommodation
Woodbridge was built by the first Chief Constable, Thomas Roadknight in 1825 at a cost of over 1000 pounds. The Roadknights had numerous interests in the valley, including the property Ivanhoe, and the bakery in Bothwell. Thomas Roadknight was later jailed for shooting a servant, and sent to Sarah Island.

On his return in 1831, he sold Woodbridge to George Lindley and it functioned as an academy for young gentlemen, known as Richmond Hill Academy. Then Woodbridge was again offered for sale in 1833 and was purchased one year later by the Assistant Surveyor General, William Stanley Sharland, for 750 pounds.

The Sharland family had been amongst the first arrivals to Van Diemen’s Land and William Stanley married another first settler, Miss Sarah Schaw and they had a large family of four sons and seven daughters, all of whom grew up at Woodbridge.

While Sharland lived at Woodbridge he took a keen interest in all colonial affairs as well as carrying on agricultural and pastoral farming in the Derwent Valley, and in 1857, at the age of 56 years, he was elected MLC for the County of Cumberland and later represented New Norfolk in the House of Assembly.

Upon his death in 1877, Woodbridge passed to his eldest son, William Cockburn Sharland, who like his father, devoted himself to the development of his Derwent Valley properties. Clara and William Cockburn Sharland had five daughters and one son and in 1905 when it was decided that they should be educated abroad, Woodbridge was again sold.

Thereafter Woodbridge passed from one owner to the other, falling gradually into disrepair. In the 1970’s Woodbridge’s glorious out buildings and Dutch barn, collectively know as Alloway Banks, were demolished to make way for the roundabout of the new bridge.

By 2003, when the Grimley's first saw Woodbridge, it was dilapidated and decaying.

It is fitting that Woodbridge had become Tasmania's premier luxury historic accommodation. The restoration has returned Woodbridge to its former glory, and it is again offers the warm and elegant hospitality for which it was renowned.

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Review date:   May 19, 2018 3:34AM
Review:   Woodbridge on the Derwent absolutely, loved every minute of being there, not only for the very special occasion of our sons wedding, but it brought back so many memories of days gone by of my childhood , the attention to detail was impressive too.❤️❤️
Author:   Jean Van Der Merwe
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Review date:   December 29, 2017 6:32AM
Review:   We loved our time at Woodbridge. The property is right on the Derwent river, and feels very secluded.The staff are very friendly, and helpful, and the rooms are comfortable and clean. Dinner and breakfast was provided as part of our package, and the meals were excellent. We are looking forward to returning in the future.
Author:   Brent Avery
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Review date:   July 2, 2018 8:33AM
Review:   Nice and cosy
Author:   Andrew YOUNG
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Review date:   April 16, 2017 10:21AM
Review:   My time here at the Woodbridge hotel was amazing. All the rooms have a view to the magnificent river. The hotel restoration is well done and full of historical artifacts and books about the property. The bedroom was big and clean. At Easter break, there were always some nice chocolate surprises every time I got into the room. The food was amazing and had 4 courses (I paid extra to have all that amazing food and the option to choose what I wanted for dinner) I didn't have the chance to use the spa/sauna. Hopefully next time. The staff and the owner were very nice and welcoming. I couldn't recommend them enough.
Author:   Norberto Gomes
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Review date:   March 25, 2018 6:42AM
Review:   Beautiful and excellent place. Most to come and enjoy it.
Author:   林小紓
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