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The Woodbridge

6 Bridge St, New Norfolk, Tasmania 7140 Australia
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The Woodbridge Tasmania is a spectacular Heritage listed (very) small. boutique hotel on the banks of the Derwent River. “Less an hotel and more like being given the keys to a friend’s country mansion”, The Woodbridge has only nine suites and rooms, and a maximum of 18 guests. We do things a little differently at The Woodbridge. The Woodbridge is not your routine 5 star hotel, and is operated much as a grand mansion of yesteryear where the mansion is the guests’ domain and the staff attend as required. It is relaxed, welcoming and unpretentious, making guests feel ‘at home’. If you want an ordinary 5 star hotel where you fit into the staff’s space, we are not the place for you. If you want pomp and ceremony and ostentation and bling, we are not the place for you. Amenities include the Reading Boom, the Ballroom, the riverfront Pavilion and a guest laundry and mud room with sauna and hot-tub. The Valley and the river provide walks, wilderness, cycling, kayaking, water bikes, downhill biking, fly fishing, wineries, distilleries, farm-based breweries, cooking schools and award winning restaurants We offer a full concierge service, and we establish mobile connectivity so we are available to guests for suggestions, directions or advice at any time. Breakfast is served in the riverside Pavilion. In response to changing guest eating preferences, The Woodbridge now offers convenient light meals for a late lunch or an early night ‘at home’. The Woodbridge is fully licensed and holds some exceptional wines in its cellars. Join us in one of Australia's oldest Grand Homes.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Sauna
Free breakfast
Golf course
Tennis court
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Bar / lounge
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Fishing
Meeting rooms
Spa
Massage
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Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
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Flatscreen TV
Whirlpool bathtub
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Minibar
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iPod docking station
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4.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Boutique
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Nic wrote a review May 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at this heritage hotel. It has been so beautifully restored. I loved experiencing the history of this area first hand. We were delighted with the help of Madhu, who went above and beyond in her care and kindness to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Thank you to everyone at this hotel for such care of our history. Wonderful!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded 20 May 2022
This area certainly does have a rich history, nivpea. I am so glad that you have enjoyed it, and that you enjoyed your stay at The Woodbridge. Thank you for your words of appreciation for the lovely Madhu. She will be chuffed to hear them,
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Jen H wrote a review Feb 2022
Penshurst, Australia2 contributions
Nestled beside the beautiful Derwent River, the Woodbridge is a stunning small hotel magnificently restored by the present owners. Attention to detail, warm hospitality and beautiful food make your stay unforgettable.. John and Laurelle get it right on every level and are charming hosts. I can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from john grimley, Owner at The Woodbridge
Responded 25 Feb 2022
So glad that you enjoyed your stay, Jenh880 and we can’t wait for you to return because it was an absolute pleasure.
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kaushik H wrote a review Dec 2021
Townsville, Australia52 contributions69 helpful votes
This is just an amazing place - 20min from Hobart in the Historical town of New Norfolk The property is immaculately Royal with the surrounding gardens and decorations Laurelle and John are the most gracious host and will do whatever it takes to make your stay memorable- Laurelle will help you organise your day trip and tours as per your desire. Dinners are amazing- served in the “Pavilion “ - Overall a truly 5 star experience
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from john grimley, Owner at The Woodbridge
Responded 11 Dec 2021
Dear 516kaushikh Delighted that you enjoyed your stay at The Woodbridge, Tasmania, and that you made the most of our bespoke Covid Remote Concierge Service. Still, we didn’t get it all right … sorry about weather on the boat trip !! but some things even we can’t fix. Best Laurelle
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gemcat3 wrote a review Jan 2021
Launceston, Australia1 contribution
Return visit to this beautiful manor house hotel even better than the first. Room was spacious and comfortable overlooking the river, and meals were generous and delicious. But the outstanding thing about the Woodbridge is the care and helpfulness shown by the owners in their efforts to meet guest’s needs and this is reflected in the service the staff give also. Loved this recent stay, will look forward to being able to visit again.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from john grimley, Owner at The Woodbridge
Responded 5 Jan 2021
Thank you for your review gemcat3, and thank you for your kind words of praise which I will covey to the staff. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We are constantly striving to be the best that we can be, so I am reassured that your stay was “even better than the first”. There is no greater compliment than guests choosing to return to The Woodbridge, and even more so when it is time and time again. Thank you. Until next time. Laurelle
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mal m wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia16 contributions7 helpful votes
A wonderful 3 day stay , the staff and the owners were brilliant extermely welcoming and helpful !. The hotel is well maitained a brilliant job i restoration . The rooms very spacious as well the ensuite. The meals were great and the views lovely. The early morning walks or late evening stroll lovely. I have no hestation in suggesting this hotel to stay at. Hope this is helpful.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 13 Mar 2020
Dear mal m Thank you for your review and recommendation. We are delighted that you enjoyed your 3 days at The Woodbridge. I have a wonderful picture in my mind of you on your last afternoon, sitting contentedly under the almond trees, finishing off your bottle of wine. Regards Laurelle
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Bruce D wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions4 helpful votes
We were on our first visit to Tasmania and wanted to stay somewhere close to Harbart but with a Country feel. From the website this "5 star" boutique Hotel looked faboulous. Sadly our experience was less then satisfactory for a five star rated accommodation. The location is good and the owners are to be commended for doing a great job on the restoration of an old building. However, the reasons I would not rate this more than perhaps a 3 star are the following: 1. There are no staff on the premises between 11am and 3 pm each day. To be fair the correspondence with the Hotel beforehand did say check in from 3pm, however we could not even drop our bags off at just after 12 noon and were politely advised by text to go sight seeing. Furthermore, not having any staff on the premises during this time is in our view no befitting a five star rated accommodation. 2. You had to choose your evening meal at breakfeast time from a choice of three main courses which were the same for each of the three days that we were there. The quality of the meal was ordinary to say the least and definitely nowhere near five star. We spoke to other guests who were staying there at the time and they had the same opinion. Breakfasts were continental as advertised and while the quality of the food was good it was certainly nothing exceptional. 3. On a positive note the staff were polite and very helpful informing us about the history of New Norfolk as well as suggesting places to visit. 4.There were three lounges with help yourself tea and coffee in one during during the day however, no biscuits, home made produce etc. which you would have expected from five star accommodation in the country. 4. In the one lounge there was a small selection of wines which you could consume based on an honesty system. 5. There was a laundry on site which was useful. 6. We did not use either the steam bath or the Jacuzzi but both looked acceptable. 7. The website gave the impression that you could swim in the river off the Jetty on the property but we were informed that this was not possible and that we should go to a loacl jetty further downstream. 8. The passageway to our bedroom which was on the lower floor smelt of damp. In Summary this felt more like a B&B which is a great pity. The good news is all these little things can be quite easily fixed. Even though we were on a Luxury escapes package, we do not view this as being value for money and would certainly no have wanted to pay the full rate.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from 2979, Owner at The Woodbridge
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Thank you for your review 54bruced, and for the kind comments about the location, the staff and the restoration. Yes we do do things a little differently at The Woodbridge. We describe it as “being less an hotel and more like being given the keys to a friend’s country mansion.” And that is how it is run. At The Woodbridge we continuously evolve to fit with what are the patterns of the majority of our guests. Most of our guests go out after breakfast and return mid-afternoon. So 11.00am-3.00pm is when the cleaning staff come into the main house and other staff do the linen, purchase foodstuffs etc. Far from there being no-one there, there is lots going on behind the scenes in the middle of the day. However, reception is closed between checkout at 11.00am and checkin at 3.00pm. This policy is clearly spelled out in our website, and is reiterated in the e-Compendium that is sent 2 weeks before arrival, and then again in the Welcome email that is sent prior to arrival, and then yet again in the phone text sent on the day of arrival. One wonders how better we could have informed you of this. Of course, had you enquired in advance about the possibility of dropping off your luggage 3 hours before checkin, we may have been able to oblige. Even when they cannot be seen, staff are available. Guests who are already staying at The Woodbridge can contact staff at any time via the house phones. And even when you arrived unexpectedly at 12noon, you were able to immediately speak with someone from our 24/7 reception intercom. In addition, as contact has been established via the pre-arrival mobile phone text we are available to our guests, even before they actually are our guests, to assist with directions, suggestions of what to see, where to eat and other advice. As we say, “less an hotel, and more like being given the keys to a friend’s country mansion”. You are right, one can swim in the river. Many guests do. However, it can be cold, and not everyone is fit and a strong swimmer, so we would be remiss if we did not advise guests that the local heated full size pool is a mere 100m riverside walk away. Our river pontoon has been being repaired recently, so you may have been referred to another jetty because of this, but there are also the riverbank steps into the river in front of Woodbridge that could have been used. This year we have changed our meal offerings. We used to have full dining service with multi-courses of more elaborate dishes. We found that fewer and fewer guests were wanting that. Our guests were telling us that they wanted a light something, often late afternoon/early evening. In response to this we initiated our grazing menu available between 3.00 and 8.00pm. This offers the convenience of a simple meal for guests who do not want to go out for the evening. We have had some very positive feedback on the new arrangements, but, as always, we will continue to monitor. I am sorry that you felt that the complimentary tea, coffee and cheese plate on arrival, the complimentary fruits bowls, complimentary nuts bowl, complimentary chocolates bowl, the all day complimentary tea and coffee and soft drinks, and the complimentary port in the Ballroom were not sufficient hospitality. Regards Laurelle
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Elena wrote a review Feb 2020
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As a returning guest at the Woodbridge, I’d highly recommend this small luxury hotel. Nestled by the picturesque Derwent River it’s the perfect getaway to relax and unwind. The hotel itself is steeped in history, surrounded by beautiful gardens and an amazing view. You feel instantly at home with inviting rooms which are comfortable and clean. Breakfast and our evening meal was delicious! Woodbridge definitely meets my five star rating! Thank you Laurelle and John, and to your outstanding staff for always making our stays memorable. We’ll definitely be back again!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 22 Feb 2020
It was lovely to welcome you back again, 00_Elena_001 All of our guests are VIPs in our eyes, but there is no doubt that there is something very special about returning guests. We enjoyed the ease with which you settled straight back in - it was almost a sense of you ‘coming home’. We are glad that we continue to tick the boxes for you, and are chuffed to hear that you will return yet again. Regards Laurelle
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Michelgate wrote a review Feb 2020
Salamander Bay, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
Having read a short article in the WE Aus, I booked the package which included a paddle on the Derwent River. Two nights at Truffle Lodge glamping by the river, with great hosts, staff, food, interesting guests and luxury were followed by a short paddle downstream so effortlessly with Tassie Bound, including cuppa and cake! Then to The Woodbridge, again on the river, in a suite and salons so beautifully decorated that I didn’t want to leave. The hosts and staff made me (a solo traveler of a certain age) feel truly welcome and had time to chat and give travel advice. A must do!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 22 Feb 2020
We are so delighted that you had a wonderful time at both Truffle Lodge and The Woodbridge, Comtable. Thank you for your review. We were surprised when you said that, as a solo traveller, you sometimes felt unwelcome. Wonderful guests like yourself are the joy of our days .... it is not a platitude when I say that our staff said it was truly a pleasure to serve you. Please do come back anytime! Regards Laurelle
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GlobeTrotting574680 wrote a review Feb 2020
Attica, Greece7 contributions8 helpful votes
We were deeply traumatised by a break in and robbery on the early hours of 31/01/2020 during our stay. The break-in was through the ballroom, and robbers managed to get access to our bedroom while we were still asleep and took all our valuables. The owners showed callous disregard for us and did not come to talk to us or enquire about our well being. He was happy to show other guests what was stolen from the ballroom. Requests to have a meeting was also cursorily rejected with a dismissive note under our door informing us to consult our insurance, merely addressed to Mr. and Mrs….. There are no security cameras or any staff in building at night. Gates are broken and left open all night.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded 5 Feb 2020
Dear Globe Trotting574680 Yes a break-in is very unsettling for all, and we appreciate that having someone come into your room must be traumatic, even if you slept right through the incident. The Woodbridge is a secure property with a security system monitored off-site 24/7. On the night in question it was securely locked up and well illuminated and the gates were not broken as you claim. Someone reassured us that even Buckingham Palace has been broken into on occasion! The police were called. They found no evidence that your room had been broken into. They found that the door was intact and automatically locked securely when closed. They tested to see if they could force the door and concluded that 'nobody could break in if the door had been closed'. Police concluded that you had left your door open. You stated to staff that you must not have closed your door. We had full occupancy that night and none of the other rooms were entered. In your open room, all your valuables were clearly visible and easily accessible from your open doorway. There is a safe in your room which you had not used. The owners attended, commiserated with you and assisted the Police. The Guest Services Manager was called in and the owners left once they had handed over your care to him. As soon as a guest vacated, you were offered and accepted another (upgraded) room, and you stayed for a further 2 nights. We were pleased to hear that at checkout you commended the Guest Services Manage on his attention and professionalism, and said that apart from the break in, you had enjoyed your stay. The owners do not work at the property. The correct person to be attending to you was the experienced Guest Services Manager, not the owners. As there was an on-going Police and Insurance investigation, it was not appropriate for the owners to speculate on these investigations as you requested. You contacted the owners to say that there was an undisclosed 'large amount of cash' taken that would not be covered by insurance, and for which you believed the owners should reimburse you. This information was forwarded to the Police and the Insurers as was appropriate. You next contacted the owners to say that there was 'racial overtones' to the way this matter was handled. There has been no negligence on our part, and the owners and staff, far from being indifferent, have been very attentive. We are indeed very sorry that your private space was invaded and your property taken while you were a guest at The Woodbridge. We are sorry for the distress that this caused you. We understand that you want to blame someone, and it is, of course, entirely your choice as to how you behave in response to the distress that you are experiencing. Regards Laurelle and John
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ianePd wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia217 contributions116 helpful votes
More of a retreat or luxurious bed and breakfast then a hotel. food is ok but not the main draw card .very relaxing .nice walk on the river . Tim and Andrew Excellent staff that made the weekend and turned it from an ok experience to a good one .sauna spa area looks more like a laundry . needs work.would be nice if opened to the garden all in all a nice spot to relax.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 12 Jan 2020
Thank you for your review ianePd Delighted that you had a good stay. We often describe ourselves as “Less an hotel, and more like being given the keys to a friend’s country mansion”, and it sounds like that hit the mark for you. Thank you for recognising our wonderful staff - staff make all the difference. I will pass on your kind words. No, we do not have a spa. I am sorry if you had that concept in your head. We simply have is a sauna and jacuzzi, and yes it is adjacent to the guest laundry so that guests can choose to have a soak while waiting for their laundry - it turns a chore into a nice relax, as you say. We also positioned the sauna and jacuzzi in the outside facility so that it can be used as a mud room for guests who return from bush-walking, fishing, biking or kayaking. We moved away from full dinner service this year. We found that fewer and fewer guests were wanting more complicated meals. Guests indicated that they would prefer a selection of light, quick dishes, bits and pieces that they could have in the afternoon or early evening, to fit around their activities during the day and evening, so that is what we have done. As always, we take our direction from our guests. So glad we were an UNfaulty Towers, with not a Basil to be seen. Regards Laurelle
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Woodbridge
Which popular attractions are close to The Woodbridge?
Nearby attractions include Willow Court Antique Centre (0.6 km), The Drill Hall Emporium (0.6 km), and Flywheel (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Woodbridge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Woodbridge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Woodbridge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Woodbridge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Woodbridge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Agrarian Kitchen, Junction Motel and Function Centre, and Glen Derwent Tea Rooms.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Woodbridge?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is The Woodbridge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of New Norfolk.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Woodbridge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Woodbridge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Woodbridge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Willow Court Asylum (0.9 km).