Even though Rocky Hills Retreat is just 2 kilometres up a gravelly dirt driveway it feels like a million miles away. Once you pass through the Rocky Hills' stone gates the 250 acres of dry sclerophyll bush closes around you.
The rhythm of the Retreat starts with the ever changing glorious pre-dawn light, sit out on the morning deck to breathe in its full depth. With breakfast provisions provided, you can enjoy muesli with yogurt, fresh fruit or eggs and bacon if you wish.
If it is cold you could put on the jackets, boots and gloves that are in the laundry and walk up to the art studio. There you will find lots to do - draw, paint, sculpt, knit, read, play. It is endless. Or simply do nothing - just sit.
How you spend your day at the Retreat will no doubt be all about your mood - what takes your fancy, nowhere to be - nothing to do! How rare!
The beautiful Huon Pine bath tub out on the evening deck smells delightful and holds its warmth for a long time (we have not been out in less than an hour and a half). It takes about 30 minutes to fill, so start it early enough so as not to miss the sunset - a glass of sparkling and into the warm bath - it really is heaven. The owls and possums will keep you company.
Rocky Hills Retreat's bed will be waiting for you - it is lush - layers of comfort surrounding you.
You could always lift the veil of Rocky Hills Retreat and go back to the other world and visit the delights of Swansea and the Freycinet Peninsula however, it seems as though people just never want to leave.
Check in time is at 2.00pm.
Check out on departure morning is 10am, so you can have a little bit of a sleep in.
$500 per night Monday - Thursday. $600 per night Friday, Saturday & Sunday. We request a minimum 3 night stay long weekends and 4 nights over Easter. Please check our booking site for current tariffs because sometimes we have specials.
We stayed two nights at Rocky Hills Retreat over Easter and loved every minute of our stay. We explored parts of the Freycinet National Park (which is an easy drive) while we were there but were keen to get back to Rocky Hills Retreat as soon as possible as it is just that amazing that you don't want to leave. The accommodation is inviting, the fireplace is cosy, the Huon bathtub is amazing and views are spectacular. Ann makes sure that you have everything you need in terms of food and supplies and so there is nothing much to do but sit back and relax and enjoy your stay- which is exactly what we did! Definitely recommend this place.
Our stay at Rocky Hills Retreat was first class. The booking process was smooth and the property manager attended to our questions promptly. The property is an amazing piece of architecture. It is slick, contemporary and against the backdrop of the bushes provided a beautiful atmosphere. The food provided at the retreat was delicious and was a joy to prepare in the fully equipped kitchen. The bathroom was luxurious and the bed was ultra comfy. Our favourite part was spending the night by the fireplace and the minimalist bathtub outside made of pine. What a rare experience!
A very comfortable house with everything imaginable available. A magnificent outlook from an elevated position but dont try driving up to it in your sports car - the road access is rough and steep but this gives RHR its feeling of total privacy. Read the "cow book" before you visit the restored and relocated church (now an artist studio) as this will give far more meaning to your visit. All in all a luxurious stay even though it was raining while soaking in the huon pine tub on the deck.
We're back for our second stay at Rocky Hills Retreat. This beautiful house is the ultimate bush setting for your "escape to the country" yet you are looking over the high expanse of Coles Bay, with the Freycinet hills on the horizon. Three sides of the house are glass, and you are perched on the top of a hill so you can see 270 degrees of bush and ocean. The little village of Swansea is close by, so can stock up on provisions or go there for meals. The owners have thought of everything, from fluffy bathrobes, to having dry kindling wrapped in little parcels so you can easily start the wood fire each evening as we did. Breakfast is provided. There are so many books and videos you don't have to bring any. We divided our time between beach walks, reading, driving to some local landmarks, and just doing nothing at all, reading or lazing on the deck. Yes, the price is up there, but it is worth every cent. The 90 minute drive from Hobart is pleasant, and you need to read the directions they send you so you don't miss the turnoff. We were met on arrival by their very helpful manager who ensured we knew where everything is, and told us about some local attractions. Very friendly and helpful, especially when we called her later to ask some questions. There is also a separate studio building which was once a little rural church, carefully dismantled and brought here, then rebuilt and renovated. It is now a beautiful art studio, equipped with paper and brushes and paints so aspiring artists can paint or write to their heart's content. The house only sleeps two, so it is definitely a luxury getaway place for couples with a few days or a week to spend in ultimate comfort, set in absolutely natural Aussie bush.
My partner and I stayed at Rocky Hills in August. A few nights prior we had been staying at other so-called '5 star' accomodation options. Rocky Hills takes it to the next level. Every possible luxury is thought of: sleep masks, plush robes, slippers, pillow selection. The most comfortable beds and couches - all things that make your stay a pleasure. As you look out of the wall-to-wall glass you experience the captivating view. You think to yourself - "Why don't the owners live here?". Well the answer is probably that if you lived at Rocky Hills you'd never get anything done - you would just eat, drink and be amazingly relaxed. We only stayed for one night - you need at least two in our view. You could spend hours just walking around the bush for some exercise or spend an equal amount of time in the artists retreat which is fully stocked with a range of art supplies. There were no criticisms of our experience - only that it could have been longer!