Much to the delight of my friends, I get a little obsessed when it comes to finding the perfect holiday house rental.
I will seach and search and then search some more until I find THE spot.
The one where you unpack and never want to leave.
Quamby Home in Launceston ticks all my boxes and then boxes I didn’t even know existed.
The contemporary farmhouse is outwardly all warmth and luxe style but it was the small touches that really made the stay.
The smell of lavender wafts down the halls, custom made bunk beds scream ‘fun’ to little ones whilst an inspiring library, antique treasures and french chaise lounge beckon adults to kick back, rest and dream of reinventing their own place.
Owners Lucy and Stewart Hosken have truly created the perfect home away from home.
Being Tassie born and bred, they’re a super stylish guide to all things local. Here we asked Lucy to share her Launceston secrets along with tips on how to create the ultimate holiday interiors.
My daughter Lily in the gardens
Why Tasmania to create the ultimate farm stay?
We both grew up in Tasmania and my family are still down there so it was an obvious choice for us.
Tasmania has so much to offer: nature, food, farms, incredible produce and a wholesome lifestyle. We loved going down for weekends and getting our kids to do similar things we did growing up so when this property was up for sale we knew it was the ideal location.
The farmhouse kitchen.
Quamby Home is the perfect blend of old meets country with a modern edge. What were your style influences when designing the home?
The house itself was built in the 1880s so it has real heritage and we wanted to try and keep as much of that as possible when we renovated the property. We opted for all white exterior and interior along with polished concrete floors inside the house, adding a very modern edge to an otherwise old-style home.
Dining is a dream.
We love the modern simplicity of Scandi/European style interiors and matched the new renovations with old line boards from the original part of the house.
We had the most amazing builder and cabinet maker, so custom book cases and bunk beds were a breeze to make. The creation of a pitched ceiling allowed us to have a very unique look in the back half of the house whilst bringing space and light.
I had collected tear sheets out of my mammoth magazine collection over the years and combined those with favourite pins on Pinterest and that is honestly how it came together.
You and a book.
What are your sourcing secrets for vintage finds?
We love collecting special pieces and I love trawling through auction houses here in Sydney and in Tassie.
My favourite stores are Cotton Love Home in Woollahra, as they always have incredible lighting you can’t find anywhere else and Winton Cottage Antiques in Tassie because they have incredible pieces from France but at Tassie prices!!
What features in the home are you most proud of?
That would have to be the kid’s bunk room as it’s such a wonderful place for kids to have fun and all sleep together – like an old fashioned school camp.
I had seen the bunks on Pinterest so we sent the image via SMS to the builder and he said ‘yeah sure’. Ten days later we had beautiful bunk beds that were an exact replica of the ones I had seen on Pinterest!
What are your three tips for successfully managing a renovation from afar? Is there anything you’d do differently?
Firstly it would be to research and organise yourself before you embark on it. Have a clear picture in mind of all finishes and hardware and show detailed images of anything specific.
We made sure we showed the builder detailed shots of how we wanted things so there was no room for error. We also went down there quite a few times to inspect how it was going.
We also had to make sure any specific things we wanted for the house could be shipped to Tasmania as some companies think Tassie is another country!!!
All boxes ticked.
The house smells insane. What products do you use in the home?
I love a good sensory experience! Glasshouse Diffusing Reeds are used throughout the house.
The one we use most of the time is the Amalfi Coast. It’s fresh, floral and full of lavender which Tassie has loads of.
I think creating a gorgeous aroma is a real trigger to memories and the senses.
Me with my girls (Lily and Eloise) playing on the local village lawns.
For further information about Quamby Home, visit www.quambyhome.com.au
Prices start from $650 per night, sleeps up to 10 people or 2 families.
Owners Lucy and Stewart Hosken
Favourite way to spend your weekend in Launceston?
We love going to the Harvest Market in Town on a Saturday Morning, followed by breakfast or coffee at Stillwater.
The City Park to visit the Monkeys is always a hit with the kids.
In summer we always visit the Launceston Aquatic Centre or head to The Cataract Gorge for a swim. Afternoon visits or lunch at Josef Chromy Vineyard is always a favourite too. The Hillwood Berry Farm is always fabulous or Michelle’s Horse Riding School in Riverside is a great day out for the kids.
THE HOT LIST
Eat… Mud Bar & Restaurant
Stay…Quamby Home or if you want right in town, then Peppers Seaport
Shop…Alps & Amici
Picnic… The Cataract Gorge
Relax… Josef Chromy Vineyard
Cocktails… Geronimo Apertivo Bar