Most days we go about our daily grind and forget to look around at the beauty and history around us. Once in a lifetime do we perchance, come across a property that leaves you in awe of its sheer size, immense grandeur, romantic ambiance and hidden demeanour amidst the suburban sprawl that surrounds us. “Claremont House” is one of these unique Heritage Listed properties, set on just over 4.7 acres of picturesque grounds, the elegance of the stately, manicured gardens blends beautifully with the practicalities of living on acreage.
Whether you have a passion for horses, feathered pets, need room outside for children to ride their bike or kick a ball, or you just love the idea of having your own private garden paradise to tend to, you have ample space to enjoy all “Claremont House” has to offer both inside and out. Unmistakable in its historical value, with its Victorian Italianate architecture, this mansion has many stories to tell since it was built in 1839, owned by many wealthy and prominent Tasmanians – from magistrates, businessmen and politicians to sportsmen and the current entrepreneurial owner – but today you have the opportunity to call this your family home. The present owner has passionately set about renovating and restoring this mansion to reflect the rich elegance, romance and grandeur it so deserves over the past 14 years.
The main homestead accommodates eleven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, five of these ensuited. Perfect for a larger or even an extended family, there are multiple living rooms including a full-sized billiards room for indoor relaxation and recreational spaces. The grand scale and number of rooms provides ample flexibility in the floorplan. While most of the bedrooms are on the upper level and living spaces are downstairs, this configuration can easily be changed to accommodate your individual requirements.
Additional income in the long term, family members who would like to remain independent while being close by, or short stay guests can stay and enjoy the comforts of the separate three bedroom, 1916 built “Chauffer’s Cottage”, which is tucked away on the land, providing both privacy and level living on site with its own enclosed backyard.
Over 783qm in size (excluding the verandahs), if you have entrepreneurial ambitions or want the ability to earn an income and “showcase” this beautiful mansion to those who will appreciate one of Tasmanian’s grandest homesteads, there are many varied and exciting opportunities.
Entrenched in the Tasmanian history books, “Claremont House” has its own life story that is absolutely fascinating. For its first century, this magnificent homestead was owned by wealthy and powerful merchants, businessmen, politicians, a Captain in the British Army and an Australian Test Cricket Captain. A grand mansion located on top of a hill looking down on its surrounding 734 acres of land, in 1940, the property passed into the hands of the Red Cross Society and became known as the Lady Clark Convalescent Hospital for returned servicemen. Following World War II, the “grand old Lady” became a rehabilitation centre for thousands of servicemen and later the general community after it was acquired by the Royal Hobart Hospital in 1951. Adult education occupied the property between 1980 and 1993 when increasing maintenance costs caused relinquish of the building and a demolition order was passed to facilitate sale into private ownership. “Claremont House” had been condemned and was to become another historic building lost forever until the current owner stepped in to save this iconic Tasmanian property.
As the new owner, you write the next chapter in the life story of this elegant and incredibly romantic homestead, and provides ample space for you and your family to grow together, less than 20 minutes drive from Hobart.
Currently, “Claremont House” can be used for short and long term accommodation, functions and events with many a wedding, Mother’s Day, tours and afternoon teas held at the property (with two liqueur licences on the premises), as well as, or solely as a primary residence. Once a thriving restaurant with a commercial kitchen and capacity for up to 150 diners inside and out, this property is a beautiful piece of heritage and a much loved and admired residence within the immediate community as well as statewide. By no means pigeon-holed by its prior or current use, this homestead offers a lifestyle unlike any in suburbia, with much of the hard work already completed by the current owner.