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Tin Dragon Trail Cottages
Ranked #1 of 1 Branxholm B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 September 2017

If you are considering a trip to/though northeast Tasmania, do yourself a favour and book one of these lovely cottages. We came for the MTB trails and stayed in Fon Hock in early spring, and it exceeded our expectations.

The cottage itself is wonderful - very comfortable bed/couch with lovely little touches (fresh flowers, handmade soap) and an excellent kitchen and pretty backyard area. You also have access to a beautiful little river at the other side of the property, which is a voluntary conservation area. There's also an adjacent farm and we loved watching the alpacas and chicken. The private spa tub is fantastic, it's surrounded by ferns and after a day of riding/hiking, a bubbly bath is simply brilliant. The best is that all this is powered by hydro (and soon solar) electricity!

Graham and Christine were warm and welcoming hosts, and they can be very proud of what they've built here. We wish we could've stayed longer, but for now we'll spread the word and hope to come back soon...

Room Tip: Fon Hock is the best spa cottage!
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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NE_Tassie, Owner at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Haiyin--thank you for your complimentary feedback! I am thinking you may be pleased that you chose to stay for two days... We certainly love living in North East Tasmania and feel privileged to live on the banks of the Ringarooma River, and now the fabulous Blue Derby MTB trails; so we enjoy sharing our world with visitors. You are most welcome to visit again and we hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

Incredibly comfortable and welcoming place. We were there in the heart of winter, but the cabin was so warm and cossie. Well appointed, not cramped, great little kitchen and wonderful bed. Slept like a log.
Terrific location as well, to explore the north east. I hope we can return to have two more lovely days and nights.

Stephen & Frances

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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NE_Tassie, Owner at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Hi Stephen and Francis. It was our delight to host you and we thank you for your feedback. It gives us a warm-feeling to know that you enjoyed your stay and went home refreshed. We look forward to hosting you again. Christine and Graham

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Reviewed 9 June 2017

After looking for somewhere to stay for a relaxed visit to Tasmania we settled on
Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, booking the 2 night winter getaway.
As this was a birthday treat for myself a hot tub or spa was high on my list, and we were not disappointed.
The beautiful cottages are set well back of the main road, they are surrounded by tree's,with a beautiful creek and gorgeous friendly alpacas.
The very cute warm and cozy cottages contained everything we required for a two night stay, including the cooked meal and hamper we had arranged as part of our booking.
Our hosts, Christine & Graham were very accommodating friendly and attentive and so very helpful with tips on places to go and things to do and see,
I was even left with a beautiful bunch of roses for my birthday!!
The outdoor hot tub being the best feature of our stay,
(sorry Christine your cooking was great but the tub stole the show)
We would highly recommend this beautiful Eco spa retreat to anyone looking to unwind and get away from it all we cant wait to come back!

Room Tip: Devin outdoor hot-tub
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bernie K
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NE_Tassie, Owner at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Hi Bernie K. We are so pleased you had such a terrific (significant) birthday celebration. It's not everyday a girl turns 21! We look forward to seeing you back here. Kind regards Graham, Christine and James

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

We stayed over mid (Tassie) winter with 2 little kids, accommodation was great! We found the cottage just fine in pitch black, isolated enough to offer adequate privacy (plus we didn’t want to disturb other guests if our kids cry so it was good). Wood fire was lit and slow cook lamb was left in the cooker for us, red wine on the table all exceeded our expectations. The sun rise over the frosty farm in the morning was certainly a view I will not forget. The hosts were friendly (to us) and offered to show us the farm, which was great for the kids.

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They spoke of Chinese tourists and how they behave (in an unfriendly way), especially around animals in their farm. Having directed a business offering advice in tourism in the past, we totally understand the concerns some Tasmanian businesses have when dealing with Chinese tourists. This is not their fault. However, being the ‘Tin Dragon Trail’ Cottages, I would have expected them to be a bit more understanding towards those who come with a different cultural background to them. If they haven’t done so already, I would strongly advise the hosts to take a short course on this if they want to be more “Chinese ready”. There are quite a few out there and from past experience,>95% of the businesses found it useful.

Stayed: June 2016
Thank Rocky L
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NE_Tassie, Owner at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

We are delighted that Rocky L appears to have enjoyed a positive family experience with us and thank them.

We are confused because we have no record of a young family staying with us in June last year (2016). Furthermore, this reviewer's recollection of their stay doesn't appear to be accurate. Our cottages don't have wood fireplaces and our winter dinner special is only available to couples staying in our studio cottages as part of a "romantic package"(i.e. not provided for family groups).

We don't understand why this reviewer made adverse comments about Chinese tourists. On the contrary to being unfriendly around alpacas, most visitors (including those from China) are friendly and gain great enjoyment from mingling with our alpacas. We thank the reviewer for their concern and advice regarding tourism training.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Spent a fantastic long weekend at Settlers Hut, which we used as a base to do the North-East Rail Trail, as well as the amazing tracks at Blue Derby. Settlers Hut is in a wonderful bush setting (fantastic for the kids to run around in), and we enjoyed it so much we abandoned plans to go out for dinner and instead used the firepit and BBQ for dinner each night (we took advantage of the gourmet BBQ pack on offer for the first night).
We would definitely come back to use Settlers Hut as a base for more mountain biking in the area.
Loved it!

Room Tip: Wonderful bush setting
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Dave C
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NE_Tassie, Owner at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Hi Dave. Thank you for taking the time to publish your review of our Settlers Hut. Wasn't it an amazing weekend? It was terrific to see a family enjoying healthy outdoors activities together. We look forward to seeing you here again. Christine and Graham

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Additional Information about Tin Dragon Trail Cottages

Address: 3 Coxs Lane, Branxholm, Tasmania 7261, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Branxholm
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Branxholm
Price Range: ₹ 7,808 - ₹ 16,268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer romance, seclusion and privacy in fully self-contained two-bedroom and studio spa-cottages each with river views - situated on a 36 acre bush alpaca farm. Each cottage has a private outdoor dining area with bar-be-que and the studio cottages have an outdoor heated spa. Principles of ecological sustainability are combined with the comforts of a luxurious retreat. Your only disturbance might be from the occasional inquisitive pademelon or soaring eagle. This stretch of the Ringarooma River is favored by fly fishermen. Chinese heritage is celebrated with an interpretation centre, landscape art and walking tracks through historic mining and water races. ... more   less 

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