Matilda's is operated from a rambling, twenty five room farm house that forms part of Clifton; a five acre National Trust listed property, bounded by Mountain River. The house was lived in by five generations of the same family between 1855 and 2000, and welcomed the first accommodation guests in 2001, going on to collect several tourism awards.
The grounds include massive specimens of Oak, Maple and Plane trees, hidden corners and historic outbuildings, including charming sheds, Pickers Huts and the magnificent Oast House, which was fully restored by us in 2012. The extensive gardens - adorned with more charm than order - provide bulbs in spring, roses in summer, a golden brilliance in autumn and a restful calm in winter.
Clifton has been referenced in several articles, and featured in three published books. In 1970, the property earned the distinction of being visited by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 2nd, as part of her Australian tour. She was accompanied by Prince Phillip-Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Clifton remains a landmark in the Huon Valley and important in the architectural and agricultural history of Tasmania. While stately, the property is essentially a restful and welcoming oasis, a world away from the demands of daily life.
We look forward to welcoming you, and we are certain you will enjoy your time here.
The historic Oast House, amended in 1912 from an existing barn, was a working hop kiln until the 1960's. It was fully restored in 2012 and is the only one of it's kind in this part of Tasmania.
This Chilean Puya bush was planted around 1930 and continues to thrive at Matilda's today. The brilliant aqua flowers appear every second year in late summer. It is reportedly one of only two Puya specimens in Tasmania.
Stay close by in the early morning and you will see the bunnies emerge from the shelter of this old, wild rose.
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