Welcome to Claremont House.
Bilton’s Restaurant Opening October 31
Claremont House, c1830 stands today on 5 acres enjoying commanding views over the Derwent River and the Claremont township. Taking it’s name from Princess Charlotte’s country home in Surrey, England, Claremont House has been home to some of Australia’s most significant aristocratic families and their domestic servants.
In the mid 1800′s, Claremont House was a grand mansion, located on top of a hill looking down on its surrounding 734 acres of land. For the first 110 years, Claremont House was a private estate and was one of the most valuable properties in Hobart Town. Much of it’s land was pastoral land with Leicester sheep but there was also acres of apples, apricot and cherry orchards. There was extensive formal gardens to the north of the home with flower gardens, a circular rose garden with bush houses, hot houses, tennis court and two acre kitchen garden to feed to house hold of fourteen.
In 1940, as part of a compulsory acquisition by the government, the property passed into the hands of the Red Cross Society and became known as the Lady Clark Convalescent Hospital. Following World War II, the “grand old Lady Clark ”became a rehabilitation centre for thousands of servicemen and later the general community after it was acquired by the Royal Hobart Hospital. Adult education occupied the property in later years when increasing maintenance costs caused relinquish of the building and a demolition order was passed to facilitate sale into private ownership.
The existence of the property today is due to the selfless actions of thousands of Tasmanian’s who rallied to save the property from demolition. On December 12, 1995, Claremont House was listed by National Trust and listed on the Register of National Estates.
After years of meticulous restoration, Claremont House is open as Tasmania’s premier accommodation venues. Luxury heritage accommodation within the Victorian Italianate mansion is available for bookings by calling 62498818 or via email to email@example.com
Tours of the estate operate each weekend on Sundays. Hear the story of the property and see the 164 square grand mansion on a guided tour with the owner.
I would like to thank all of our tour guests for such wonderful responses to our heritage tours including the great feedback we have received for the restoration work to date. It has been a work in progress for the past eight and a half years and with many more to come. It is extremely motivational to hear and read the great feedback we get for what we are doing. Thank you so much and please know how grateful we are for all of your support.
If anyone has any of the old tea cups/ saucers/ plates (sets), we would be very grateful for any donations. Please call me on 6249 8818 and we would be very happy to pick them up or alternatively they can be dropped off at the house.
Three rooms within Claremont House are now available. The Lady Clark, Maid’s and Tower room are available for short and medium term accommodation. The Tower room is now complete with a sauna and spa within the original tower c1890. Please contact me on 6249 8818 to arrange bookings.
We have been successful in our application for Bilton’s Restaurant soon to open. Bilton’s will operate within the orginal rooms of the Georgian property, constructed c1830 by Henry Bilton. Bilton’s will operate daily from 9.30am serving morning tea, light lunches and high tea.
Heritage tours of the house will soon be available weekly on Sundays from 2pm complimented by High Tea. The tours cover the 198 year history of the property and house, taking in the five acre Heritage listed gardens, thirty three rooms of the main house and four storey ‘Widow’s Walk’. The tour takes you on an evolutionary journey showing off the meticulously restored main rooms and existing fabric from the 1830′s Georgian home through to the derelict and vandalised rooms left after public occupation.
An Afternoon tea buffet including house made scones served with raspberry jam and cream, spiced apple and cinnamon tea cakes, home made biscuits, a selection of savoury sandwiches and seasonal fruit platter. Local fresh juice, coffee and a choice of teas will be available throughout the afternoon.
Tour bookings are essential and can be made by calling 6249 8818 or alternatively emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A very big thank you to everyone and we look forward to your continuing support for Friends of Claremont House.
Thank you to everyone’s support for the Friends Of Claremont House Tours.