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Alice's Cottages

129 Balfour St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250 Australia
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#1 of 2 cottages in Launceston
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Nestled away on a quiet Launceston street, our heritage-listed, self-contained cottages for two are the perfect balance of luxury and cosiness. Each is uniquely and tastefully themed with just the right touch of nostalgia and old-world charm. The English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh cottages each pay homage to the property’s rich history, whilst our newly added Ironbark celebrates our own Aussie farming heritage. The theatrical Boudoir and Outlander cottages simply whisk you away to another world. Each unique self-contained cottage for two includes: hearty breakfast basket for two | spa or claw-foot bath | fire place | reverse-cycle heating and cooling |​ kitchen | smart tv with dvd player | welcome drinks | convenient on-site parking | free wi-fi | guest laundry
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Hiking
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
Street parking
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
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Self-serve laundry
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Electric blanket
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gillian k wrote a review 19 Feb
Goomburra20 contributions8 helpful votes
We first stayed at this lovely place about 20 years ago,(when it was called “The Shambles”) and absolutely loved it. On our latest trip we were excited to see the same place(different name) has been re-established and refurbished. The atmosphere is amazing, so many little details to find everywhere! And so clean, inviting and private. Easy to find, park and stay. We would recommend it to everyone. 10 out of 10! Thank you.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from The Dragonfly and Alice's Team, Owner at Alice's Cottages
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Ah that is so great we lived up to your nostalgic memories of Alices Cottages / The Shambles Cottages! Its such a great piece of Tasmanian history and we love sharing it with great people like you who appreciate is so much!
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Tim C wrote a review 12 Feb
Gundaroo, Australia2 contributions
Everything was spot on. Breaky in fridge. Some classics for the dvd. Restaurants a short walk. Clean, comfy, tidy , cosy, fireplace for winter. A bath tub in the living room. What more do you want. Kitchen good. Bathroom lovely. Can't think of a single reason not to stay here
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from The Dragonfly and Alice's Team, Owner at Alice's Cottages
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Thanks so much Tim, glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Noel333 wrote a review 11 Feb
Forest Glen29 contributions8 helpful votes
This was our second stay at Alice's Cottages, this time in the Irish Cottage. Although our stays were separated by a number of years, the same high quality service and fit-out were evident. The cottage was beautifully prepared and appointed, with everything anyone could conceivably require. We really appreciated the quietness of the off-street location and the quirky feel of the place. And we loved the bonus fluffy bath robes for the spa, which was a gift for booking direct.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Awesome - thanks a lot Noel, glad you loved it, and great to have you back! Thanks for mentioning the free-add on for booking direct through our website - we'd much prefer to pass the commission savings directly onto our wonderful guests in the form of an early check in, bath robes or a bottle of wine!
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Allan M wrote a review Jan 2024
Bordon, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
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The property was exactly as advertised a typical English cottage that would not look out of place in any English village absolutely fantastic The service provided was excellent as were the free washing and drying facilities The Cataract Gorge which was a 15 minute walk was a fantastic find in the middle of a city photos below
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback on your recent stay, we're so happy to hear that our English cottage has captured that authentic feel. It's great to hear that you found the location and service to be excellent and were able to make use of the laundry facilities. Kind Regards, Tom & Bec
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Diane M wrote a review Jan 2024
Don, Tasmania, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
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So very ‘olden day’ quaint with modern day comforts. And not haunted if this might be a concern! Open fire but also heat/cooling system which was more than adequate. Loved the carpet, comfy 4 poster bed, easy to communicate with hosts who are super friendly. Ample toiletries. Very roomy. Our stay included breakfast basket which was amazing, everything from bread & muesli, to juices, yoghurt, eggs & bacon. Plenty of milk. Espresso machine. Welcome bottle of wine & beers, cheese & biccies, port. Decent speed wifi. Private parking at each cottage. Highly recommend Alice’s Cottages. So enjoyed our stay!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Response from The Dragonfly and Alice's Team, Owner at Alice's Cottages
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the amazing feedback! You have captured what we are all about so beautifully... a fusion of old world charm with modern comforts including various options for heating and cooling. We've recently added the espresso machines, smartTVs and dishwashers so we're glad to hear this all added to your experience! We are so happy to hear you found our team friendly and responsive, and you loved the breaky and other inclusions. Kind Regards, Tom & Bec
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Jai Singh Chohan wrote a review Jan 2024
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India7 contributions4 helpful votes
Beautiful cottages. Excellent hospitality. Conveniently located and in close proximity to tourist attractions and great restaurants. Very responsive staff. High quality breakfast with generous quantity offered daily. Laundry and parking available on site. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Thank you so much for the lovely review and recommendation! It's so great to hear that you enjoyed our beautiful cottages, excellent hospitality, and convenient location. It's fantastic to know that our responsive staff, high-quality breakfast, and on-site amenities like laundry and parking met your expectations.
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Sue J wrote a review Dec 2023
Hobart, Australia6 contributions4 helpful votes
We have stayed at Alice's Cottages three times now, always in the Welsh Cottage. Each cottage is thoughtfully furnished in line with its name, in a delioghtful garden setting. The cottage was immaculately clean, and the small kitchen is adequately supplied, including an induction stove top and a top quality saucepan set. There is off-street parking and the property is fairly central in Launceston, which provides easy access to a range of tourist attractions such as the Tamar Wine Region. We really appreciate the little extras supplied, including generous breakfast provisions ( if included in room rate), a decanter of port for after dinner relaxation, bath salts and oil. The only issue we had on this visit was that the internet dropped out for about 45 mins on both nights, which was a bit annoying, but it came back on for no apparent reason. Although there is no electric car charger onsite, our hosts were able to advise us on where we could find the nearest chargers.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from The Dragonfly and Alice's Team, Owner at Alice's Cottages
Responded 2 Jan 2024
We're delighted to hear that you enjoy the charm and atmosphere of our Welsh Cottage, and it's so wonderful to hear all the little details add-up to enhance the overall experience. We look forward to welcoming you back next visit! Kind Regards, Tom & Bec
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Ally V wrote a review Dec 2023
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The home away from home is the best way to describe this welcoming, warm, accomodating stay. We had the honour of staying in the Outlander cottage at Alices Cottages in Launceston for 6 days to begin our Honeymoon and honestly we were sad when we had to leave. We had the breakfast basket sent to us everyday while out exploring and couldnt wait to get up and prepare the large spreads we were normally use to. It was a perfect start to married life with a wonderful fully equipped kitchen and large fridge that we could duck to the shops and grab groceries for and make our own dinner every night together. This honestly is the most comfortable bed and set of pillows I have ever stayed in. The cottage is warm and cosy with the theme set out beautifully as I am a big fan of both the books and the show outlander, these guys nailed it. If your looking for true cottage core that feels like the show/books with the modern touches this is the stay for you. I loved the hot water bottles, that beautiful blanket on the bed, comfortable couch and the lovely places to sit and crochet quietly. To cap off our adventures we found ourselves longing to head back and have a long spa with the provided bubble bath and epsom rose scented salts that made each day perfect. It truly became a sanctuary from the energy spent in the morning and during the day heading out around launceston. There was minimal involvement from staff, with the self check in and being able to reach out via text rather then having awkward conversations on the phone or face to face encounters which was perfect for myself and my husband as we are both on the spectrum and this social interaction can be difficult for us both at times. Everyday our needs were catered for, rubbish taken away, fresh towles, cleaning and tidying. My husband enjoyed the port left out for us, having never tried port he found it was enjoyable having a nip of an evening while I settled myself with decorating their tree and even adding a second tree because I am very festive around christmas and the place didn't disapoint in this regard. There is also a fully equipped laundry and dryer. Laundry detergent is provided and when you head out and around the cottage to the laundry there is a quaint courtyard and garden that is beautiful to sit at with a little table and chairs if the weather is favourable. I only wish that we had chosen to book through their website directly and highly recommend that you do yourselves. This may have been due to the stress of our wedding and my husband using booking.com because it was more convienient with all the stress of planning. Be careful however bringing a large vehical as the parking can be quiet close to other guests for this cottage and the french cottage. This honestly is a must do stay even if you are only in launceston for one night we could not highly recommend it more. It is an excellent experience and your time is guaranteed to be well spent here.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Thank you so much for you incredibly thoughtful feedback on our Outlander cottage. It was our absolute pleasure to host you for your honeymoon, the perfect sanctuary to begin married life. Kind Regards, Tom & Bec
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Brett W wrote a review Dec 2023
Shellharbour, Australia57 contributions50 helpful votes
We stayed in the Outlander cottage which was very nice. Great spa bath, wood fire and everything you need to feel comfortable and right at home. Terrific old time atmosphere. Close to Cataract Gorge and restaurants.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 2 Jan 2024
So lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay in our Outlander cottage. Kind Regards, Tom & Bec
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Melissa M wrote a review Nov 2023
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Lovely cottages full of character and thoughtful touches. The included breakfast, was generous and delicious. And local cheese and welcome drink a nice surprise! Location was quiet but close to attractions and self-check-in hassle-free. Would definitely stay again and recommend.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 30 Nov 2023
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback and recommendation! Kind Regards, Tom & Bec
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AU$219 - AU$289 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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AustraliaTasmaniaLaunceston
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Alice's Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Alice's Cottages?
Nearby attractions include The Tamar Valley (1.0 km), Cataract Gorge Scenic Chairlift (1.0 km), and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Alice's Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Alice's Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Alice's Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Alice's Cottages?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Alice's Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Samuel Pepys Cafe, Pickled Evenings, and Tatler Lane by Sweetbrew.
Are any cleaning services offered at Alice's Cottages?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Alice's Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Old Umbrella Shop (1.2 km) and Duck Reach Power Station (2.5 km).