Launceston, TAS, AU
43 High Street
A glorious and rare opportunity that comes by just once in a lifetime.
Overlooking Launceston, Hatherley House is located on the ridge cresting Windmill Hill and is one of the finest examples of a Tuscan Italianate residence in Australia. Listed on the National Estate and Tasmanian Heritage Registers, the mansion dates back to c1827 with an ownership reading like the Who’s Who of Colonial Australia. Hatherley House has been a grand historic home for esteemed families for over nearly two centuries.
Brimming with period features, it has recently seen professional conservation with a state of the art renovation, tastefully introducing the home into the 21st century. The Italianate period of the mansion was commissioned and undertaken circa 1870s by Henry Dowling with works constructed by James Bennell, a master painter, gilder, carver and builder renowned as the first colonial property entrepreneur of the colony.
One enters the property via a magnificent Victorian cast-iron fence, set upon a dressed bluestone plinth with a signature semi-circular gateway. The name Hatherley is inscribed on flanking filigree iron posts, and a cast mythical Griffin’s head heralds the Dowling family crest from the top of the entry gate. A classical portico with rusticated quoins and sprung archways signals the grand front entry leading to an impressive Bennell trademark six panel front door.
The main lobby and foyer feature niched walls with hand-etched Victorian glass lights, illuminating what is arguably one of the largest tessellated tile floors known to exist from the early colonial period. A felt red lined door leads into the grand-hall with a central stained glass window showcasing the Dowling’s griffin family crest. Period light fittings with elaborate ceiling roses are some of the rarest early examples of electric lighting in the nation. Hand etched glass, brass and a converted gas to electricity chandelier are original and resplendent within the entry sequence and formal rooms.
The covered verandahs and flooring, also meticulously restored, afford magnificent garden and mountain views towards Ben Lomond plateau and Ragged Jack peak. Broad stairs lead down to the expansive gardens with a generous entertainment terrace surrounded by roses, camellias, rhododendrons and stunning mature trees, complete with a love seat which embodies the romance of the period. Hatherley’s gardens regularly play host to tourism, arts and music events, intimate weddings and VIP functions whilst also providing a contemplative outdoor experience - perfect for private, formal and informal family living and entertaining.
A design atelier was transformed from the historic Gardeners Cottage through comprehensive refurbishment in 2016 with new roofing, glazing, insulation, air conditioning, electrical/data/lighting, finishes, cladding, and a powder room - making the perfect space for any home business, office or artist studio.
2 formal grand living rooms. 12’ ceilings with deep cornices, large bay windows and doors leading onto the verandah; period features include marble and timber fireplaces, ceiling roses and light fittings + bell service
• 8 Bedrooms. Converted Ballroom inc. Carrera marble fireplace + antique gilded mirror and kitchenette
• 7 Bathrooms (5 as ensuites)
• Dining lobby with red felt-lined and studded door
• Grand Hall with tessellated mosaic tiles, historic hand painted window with Dowling family crest, feature archway and staircase with Blackwood curved handrail
The mansion’s roof has six elaborately moulded Tuscan styled, arcaded chimneys with toast-rack extensions. Fully restored with new battens, fixings, paint and ogee galvanised-iron gutters
• Chef’s kitchen with new appliances and fitout, adjacent casual dining area and a coffee bar
New electrical services and plumbing; Natural Gas provides a continuous hot water supply and a recently installed gas fireplace ensures radiant space heating
Further details available on request.