Spectacular Gothic Revival Mansion in the heart of New Town

One of the largest and finest mansions in Tasmania, “Stoke House”, is a private sanctuary, hidden from the public eye for well over a century by the magnificent and extensive gardens that grace the 4,408 sqms of level land that surround it. Meticulously restored to perfection over the past 16 years, this grand, elegant and breathtakingly beautiful residence comprises of over 20 rooms across 3 levels.  Built in 1887 by the then Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania Sir John Dodd, no expense was spared in the construction and sourcing of materials for “Stoke House”.   Displaying an impressive history that is both documented by historians, the media and in the grandeur of the architecture itself, the intricate craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout this spectacular Gothic Revival Mansion is unforgettable!

The sandstone for this 1887 residence was transported from England and Scotland, which is why “Stoke House” stands tall and proud as it did the day it was built.   Ornate and elegant detail, from the Italian mosaic tiling laid by Italian craftsmen, hand-crafted timber fireplace mantles, a Waterford chandelier, beautiful hand-turned blackwood staircase and bannister, and the extensive use of a variety of Australian timbers, through to the ornate ceiling moldings, the lancet stained glass windows, high skirting boards and brass fittings.  The list could go on, but it is the sheer proportions and beauty in these details that will take your breath away!  

From the moment you walk into the Cathedral-like entrance hall with 30 foot ceiling spanning across two levels above you and the original Italian mosaic tiles underfoot, you cannot help but be amazed by the workmanship and logistics of constructing such a monumental building in the 1880’s!  

These impressive proportions continue with 14 foot ceilings on the ground floor and 12 foot ceilings on the first floor.  

Currently used as a primary residence, there are no shortage of rooms for everyone to enjoy time away from each other as well as some stunning spaces where you can come together and relax as a whole family.    Versatile in its layout and usage, the ballroom has hosted a wedding with 100 guests, while the beautiful gardens and grand architecture provided the perfect backdrop for the wedding photographs, and gardens parties were a regular occurance by Sir Dodd, who loved to entertain back in the 1880’s.

The primary living rooms and kitchen are all on the ground floor with the flexibility to use the sitting room on this level as a bedroom.  A contemporary bathroom with original mosaic tiles in addition to another powder room means guests do not need to go upstairs.   

The second level accommodates the majority of the bedrooms, several bathrooms, the minstrel gallery and even a small but practical galley kitchen for guests or an evening snack if you didn’t want to walk downstairs.  The third level used to be the servants quarters, and still has the ambiance of being such due to the reduced proportions and access.  There are a further two attic bedrooms on this level, a bathroom and the tower and roofspace accesses.   

Adjoining the original residence is an upstairs flat originally designed for a caretaker, built in the 1920’s, and has its own entrance with two bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen and bathroom.  This is perfect if you want to earn extra income in this highly buoyant rental market. There is scope to increase the size of this flat using the rooms that are currently used for storage downstairs, if desired.  There is also a cellar accessible externally and internally.

Garage accommodation for up to 3 cars plus a middle storeroom with a rollerdoor, provides ample room for your gardening tools and general storage/workshop space.

The verdant gardens are a constant source of pleasure for the current owners who have lovingly restored the life and beauty back into these once botanical garden-like grounds. Fruit trees, vegetables, stunning aromatic and decorative flowers, and even some great climbing trees for children, all attract an array of local birdlife who have also made “Stoke House” their home.

Behind the electric gates, you escape the bustle of life and feel like you are have arrived at a country estate. The peace and tranquillity inside is far removed from the very convenience of the 10-15 minute walk to Hill Street Grocer, North Hobart’s restaurant precinct and the local cafes and shops in New Town.   Friends School is just around the corner, and the centre of Hobart is a 5 minute drive from your front gate.

Whether you are looking for a private residence that is your personal retreat from the monotony of everyday life, or a residence that you choose to open up for public use and enjoyment, “Stoke House” is undoubtedly one of Tamania’s finest mansions and a monument to gracious living!

Disclaimer: The content of this webpage is for information only. It is as accurate as possible at the time of uploading. The content is not intended as advice, and as such can not be used for valuation purposes or taken as absolute fact.

9 6 3
Suburb New Town
Address 12 Stoke St
State TAS
Price Offers Over $4 million
Property Type residential
Property ID 1816
Category House
Land Area 4,408 m2
Floor Area 1,025 m2

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