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Ratho Farm

2122 Highland Lakes Rd, Bothwell, Tasmania 7030 Australia
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Ratho Farm, Heritage Farm Stay Accommodation offers a range of tastefully decorated & furnished accommodation at Ratho Farm - Australia's Oldest Golf Course. Located less than an hour north of Hobart in the historic township of Bothwell.
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julieandcolin22 wrote a review Mar 2021
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions28 helpful votes
We stayed at Ratho farm as we bought a package through Luxury Escapes. This was not luxury by any means but rather a rustic escape.
The things I liked were large, well appointed ensuite, the farm environment and the meal included in the package was enjoyable.
What I didn’t enjoy. The room is very small so that bed very close to wall and hard to get in and out of. There was no remote for the TV, although once informed they quickly fixed the problem. There are mugs but no drinking glasses. The body wash container was empty. This is quite a remote location and the local pub was not open so on second night we couldn’t find anywhere to eat. On the first night I asked for lamb but when it was being served I was forgotten and when I pointed that out I was given the last little bit, which was gristly. The rest of the home cooked meal was very nice though.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ushy wrote a review Sept 2021
Hobart, Australia477 contributions242 helpful votes
We 3 couples have just spent a lovely 2 nights at Ratho Farm.
Using a Luxury Escapes package, we all agreed it was very good value.
We stayed in the stables I think, which had 4 bedrooms , all with ensuites going off a communal kitchen.
It would have been even better if we had of had a seperate sitting area going off the bedrooms as sitting in the kitchen wasn’t all that comfortable as a group of 6
The bedrooms were large, very comfortable and warm and the kitchen very functional.
We also had a deck out front which received the afternoon sun.
We had a look at some of the other cottages and they also looked lovely, especially those down by the river.
The whole place was very quiet and relaxing.
Dinner at night was up in the farmhouse in a new atrium with pre dinner drinks and cheese platter around an open fire in a lovely old room.
Our 2 course menu provided a choice of steak, salmon, pork or lamb with vegs, potato bake plus desert…all home cooked … yum so thank you Anita and Miriam.
We were very lucky to have the owner Greg provide us some readings from his family diaries about the history of Ratho farm and his family.
It was really interesting and we enjoyed his passion of Ratho
Drinks were available to purchase… craft beer, wine, spirits or whatever took your fancy.
Breakfast in our case was continental but fully cooked was also available for additional cost.
We had coffee/tea , juice, cereal, yogurt, toast, eggs again around shared tables like dinner.
Golf was also on the agenda and we inexperienced golfers toiled around the 18 holes, losing balls on a regular basis and hitting many more shots than we should have, but it was well worth the experience, even if our bodies were screaming the next day.
Overall a very enjoyable couple of nights thank you .
Rob
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tassie2 wrote a review Mar 2021
Tasmania, Australia114 contributions69 helpful votes
A great stay in one of many renovated old farm building. Our upstairs room had an adjoining room which allows for noise ingress through the thin walls and adjoining door. Would be terrific if booking for an extended family or two couples. Stand alone cabins are also available which are spread out around the grounds. Our room was much bigger than expected, however there was some unusable space due to the ceiling sloping 45 degrees on one side. Good heat pump in the room. Microwave oven and tea/coffee making facilities in the room (No dishes/plates etc for microwave).
Great large bathroom that has floor heating. Continental breakfast and evening dinner available on main building. Top quality managers that made the stay even more pleasant. The farm incorporates an 18 hole golf course.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: Select a stand alone cabin for best privacy.
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k_mmm_d wrote a review Jan 2020
Cairns, Australia8 contributions8 helpful votes
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While the setting is picturesque the accomodation itself did not live up to expectations.

Our room was the Granery and while quaint and cute on the surface, it was lacking facilities for a family of four. The kitchen facilities were a bar fridge, toaster, kettle, microwave, tea/coffee etc. but not a single plate or bowl to be able to eat your toast or anything you might want to heat in the microwave (fun when you have a three year old who wants to eat long before breakfast is available at the homestead).

As far as cleanliness, it could have been better. I had to wash several dark hairs down the drain in the shower, and there were hand prints on walls that could have easily been wiped off. The curtain at the door is too long and as a result the bottom of it is filthy. Chairs on the veranda are dirty and is disrepair. Also, there’s quaint and rustic but dining chairs as bedside tables?

In the bathroom, the shower has no soap holder or anywhere to put your toiletries. Speaking of which, we are lucky we brought our own because the only toiletries provided were the soap/shampoo in the shower which was almost empty and the hand wash at the basin. As a very experienced traveler, I’ve definitely come to expect more for $275 a night.

We chose to eat dinner at the homestead with the promise of an old fashioned 3 course roast dinner. While there was nothing ‘wrong’ with it and it was tasty enough, it didn’t really live up to expectations for the $45 a head price. Entree’ consisted of a cheese platter (two cheeses with crackers, chutney and a couple of strawberries and olives which my kids devoured in a matter of seconds.) The main roast dinner was a haphazard but tasty enough basic salad, boiled potatoes, a couple of pieces of baked sweet potato and the meat of your choice (I chose lamb which was delicious). Dessert was apple and raspberry crumble. No complaints there although, on arrival host Michael suggested the kids might like to share a meal instead of paying for one each so I would have assumed the portions were going to be enormous. Don’t get me wrong, the portion sizes were perfectly adequate but have you ever asked two kids to share dessert from the same plate? Recipe for disaster. The addition of kids size meals at a lower price would be ideal.

Overall, the beds were comfortable and clean and our stay wasn’t bad, it just didn’t live up to the hype of some of the amazing reviews and in my opinion was not what you would expect for the price.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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jeff B wrote a review Feb 2020
Chelmsford, United Kingdom392 contributions189 helpful votes
We stayed two nights in the Verandah room overlooking the river ,on the face of it pleasant . We had very noisy neighbours until 1.30 a.m the first night and you could hear conversations even when they went inside. This is not the fault of the establishment except to say the units are very old and adjoining . We could not eat dinner the first night and went out to the pub as the only available option , The facilities are very much a mixture , the walk in shower and the bed were first class , the toiletries apart from shower soap which ran out and hand soap were non existent . The room was not serviced and upon questioning I was told for a 2 night stay this was the process .I would like to have been told this in advance . The meal the second night on shared wooden trestles was good , the lamb was excellent , but a small cheeseboard starter and a crumble for desert was not cheap for what it was . The breakfast was OK and Michael was very laid back and friendly , if you went there for the golf experience -allegedly the oldest course in Australia maybe you would be enthused , but the full payment up front for the 2 days some months in advance and a perceived lack of professionalism for me , and having written this review after staying in 4 other B&B type establishments , all much better results in my average rating the curate’s egg of a place
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lala wrote a review Dec 2021
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We stayed at Ratho for our friends wedding which included two nights and 3 days of celebration. We had the whole place booked and access to all of the kitchens, dining room, atrium and grounds. We had a lovely time and ate very well with meals we prepared ourselves, everyone contributing produce. My partner and I had decided we would extend our stay for a few days of well earned rest. We were very disappointed. Our room although lovely, was serviced once during the entire time we stayed (4 nights 5 days). We had to ask for towels when a cleaner was cleaning in the neighbouring vacated room. On another occasion we had to walk up to the homestead, find the host and ask (in front of other guests) for toilet paper, cups and glasses as we had been in left with none. We then had to follow the host around whilst these items were found and unceremoniously handed to us to carry back to our room. Our dinner that evening was late, lengthy predinner drinks poorly catered and our meal served in the cold and drafty atrium. My lamb option was sliced roast, served stone cold and grey. A potato and sweet potato bake was raw in the middle and chewy on the outside, accompanied by a few spinach leaves with diced, cold, cooked pumpkin and one tiny cube of feta, no dressing. We assembled guests then had to sit and listen to a VERY lengthy and boring 'history' of Ratho Farm and the colonialists who founded it. There was no mention of the original inhabitants Tasmanian Aboriginals, let alone recognition. Not a destination we will be revisiting unless once again the whole site is booked and utilised to better effect.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: The verandah rooms have a lovely position on the rivers edge
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Peter L wrote a review Apr 2023
Footscray, Australia19 contributions10 helpful votes
Stayed at Ratho Farm over the Easter break for a wedding, and was left a little disappointed with the accommodation we had, can't speak for the other accommodation available. We stayed in the Fisherman cabins, basically upgraded old building, with three rooms, each with an en-suite. The vanity, which is right next to the shower, had a big chunk out of the front corner closest to shower, undoubtedly due to moisture.
Being Easter, the price was a premium, $250 for the night, for 2 adults. No $250 dollar a night accommodation should have a shower curtain, one towel each, and a bathroom floor that is damp to say the least after using the shower.
The room is basic, King bed, electric blanket (only one side worked), 3 coat hangers (one broken), one chair, one luggage stand, bar fridge and electric jug, TV, A/C.
So yeah, for the price, which is normally $200, still not worth it.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Neil wrote a review Mar 2022
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Met upon arrival - very friendly and informative about the arrangements. Escorted to the accommodation which is an old convict hut that has been beautifully arranged. The wow factor was very high - all clean and well appointed.

Dinner was optional in the communal dining room with cheese, quince and dry biscuits served by in the lounge with other guests by the open fire. Dinner was delicious and plentiful and a brief history lesson about the property was delivered prior to sweets being served. A very pleasant evening indeed.

Once we returned to our room, we quickly discovered that the adjoining accommodation discussion could be easily heard in our room and I’m sure vise versa too. The noise travelled between the 2 rooms transparently, leaving any privacy or intimacy out of the question.

I mentioned this to the manager upon checking out and they acknowledged the problem which they had known about for 5 months and are going to do something about it when they have time to rectify it. There was no offer of restitution and both rooms should simply not be made available until the situation is overcome.

Such a shame that such a perfect stay was less than satisfactory when the issue could have been easily overcome months ago. The cost of the accommodation was fine if this issue didn’t exist but quite frankly I would not stay here again due solely to this known issue that has not been rectified.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t stay in the adjoining cottages unless you like eavesdropping on your neighbors
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Aida R wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
My husband and I recently visited Ratho farm (from Melbourne) and we absolutely loved our stay. The location was great, accomodation was perfect and we were extremely happy with the host and delicious dinners. I would highly recommend this place! :)
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Verandah apartment is overlooking the creek
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ushy wrote a review Jan 2022
Hobart, Australia477 contributions242 helpful votes
Our second visit to Ratho was as good as the first.
And once again blessed with the weather.
A beautiful rural property that lends itself to relaxing and unwinding as you listen to the waters run in the river, the sheep in the paddocks and the abundant bird life… and did I mention the resident platypus.
We stayed this time in The Bakery accommodation (watch your head on the door) in a 2 bedroom building.
Situated down by the water it is private and has a lovely small deck to sit in the sun and read whilst watching the river run by.
I didn’t partake in golf this visit(still embarrassed by my last round here) but did enjoy some walks around the property.
Peter and Amanda are current managers and with the help of Anita in housekeeping, the place runs well
Dinner provided in the main building is country old fashioned cooking and very enjoyable and you can bring your own wine for a corkage fee.
Breakfast also very good with the hosts preparing hot dishes as well as continental offerings.
Nowhere here for lunch so need to bring your own provisions or head into Bothwell or further afield to Oatlands
A very nice piece of property to relax a few days away in the Tasmanian highlands
Thanks from Rob and Wendy
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Neville N wrote a tip Nov 2023
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"Take time to play the Golf Cousre"
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AussieGal wrote a tip Nov 2023
Tumbi Umbi, Australia78 contributions25 helpful votes
"N/a"
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Ben J wrote a tip June 2023
1 contribution
"Check first to ensure restaurant will be open for dinner and breakfast."
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Sophie H wrote a tip May 2023
Sydney, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
"Great for solo travellers "
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Paul F wrote a tip Oct 2022
1 contribution
"Don't book the Foaling room or the one beside it"
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AU$194 - AU$238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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AustraliaTasmaniaBothwell
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ratho Farm
Which popular attractions are close to Ratho Farm?
Nearby attractions include Australasian Golf Museum (1.2 km), Bothwell Post Office (1.3 km), and Bothwell War Memorial (1.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ratho Farm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Ratho Farm?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ratho Farm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ratho Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sealy’s Store, Castle Hotel, and Nant Atrium Restaurant & Cellar Door.
Are pets allowed at Ratho Farm?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.