Live in a landmark! Heritage-listed Tassie beauty: $3.5m

 Live in a landmark! Heritage-listed Tassie beauty: $3.5m

If you fancy bagging yourself a classic slice of history and living in a bona fide heritage-listed landmark, buying Tasmania’s grand Hatherley House should be on your 2021 ‘to do’ list.

This beautiful eight-bedroom Tuscan Italianate mansion in Launceston, dating from the mid-1800s, sits on a huge 1,927sqm plot and showcases its myriad features in a quietly classy but highly impressive manner. And this luxury real estate could all be yours, as it’s currently for sale with a price guide of $3.5 million.

Within its two storeys sit 426sqm of elegant and airy living spaces below 12-foot ceilings, sophisticated bedroom and bathroom suites, and even a ballroom, no less (now the master suite). Its spectacular tessellated tile floor is reportedly the largest in Australia and its period light fittings are said to be some of the earliest examples of electric lighting in the country, too.

The current owners – award-winning architects Jack and Rebecca Birrell – purchased the dwelling in 2011 for $1.9 million and have run it as boutique accommodation, with such famous names as David Walsh and Graham Murphy spending the night.

The Birrells successfully renovated the stunning dwelling from dilapidation in a sympathetic style, incorporating suitably contemporary details alongside the beautifully restored period elements, including the original servants’ bell system.

Since its inception in the mid-19th century – President of the Heritage Protection Society Lionel Morrell believes the home itself was probably built in 1867, though the land dates from 1827 – many notables have taken up residence at Hatherley, including Frederick Grubb (a major shareholder in the Beaconsfield goldmine) and Dr Bob Green, who was the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s zoologist.

Launceston mayor Henry Dowling’s son built the house (designed by renowned architect James Bennell), as his father resided in the original house/gardener’s cottage on the site, which is included in the sale and offers a perfect opportunity for buyers to install a gym, workshop or home office. Secure garaging is also included, along with immaculately landscaped grounds befitting such a place – luscious green lawns, camellias, roses, rhododendrons, cast-iron gates, the lot.

Owner Jack Birrell told the ABC the new owners need to be enthusiastic about caring for the history of the home. 

“Not a day goes by where you’re not blown away by the quality of light, the materials, marble from Africa and marble from Italy, on fireplaces hand painted with mercury. There are technologies [and] techniques in this building that almost don’t exist anywhere else”

Jack Birrell

Take a virtual walk through this beauty of a residence, below.


43 High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250


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