Perhaps you can have it both ways. Tasmania's newest luxury stay has all the hallmarks of a remote retreat, yet lies within 20 minutes of the city.
The Point is a three-bedroom, adults-only house oriented for spectacular views and privacy, on the South Arm Peninsula, a small flat, piece of land south of Hobart. It forms the eastern bank of the lower Derwent Estuary, stretching south from the commuter suburb of Lauderdale. Small it may be, but the peninsula packs punch, with surf breaks cherished by in-the-know locals, a coastal walking trail, little beaches and wonderful views in all directions.
Also nearby is the much-anticipated Seven Mile Beach golf course project, now under construction on former forestry land.
The house is on one of two 20-hectare water's edge blocks that were sold off from farmland, occupied by the same family for generations. The walking trail snakes the shoreline out front.
Designed to "sit humbly within the landscape and maximise the experience of place", by award-winning Tasmanian architect Stuart Tanner, the simplicity of the building belies the thoughtful details, such as excavation of the site to protect a sun-filled, cobble-stoned courtyard from wind, and minimising the visual impact of the building on the landscape.
Each bedroom has a private balcony and inside, USB outlets and plush bedding, while bathrooms have underfloor heating and custom tiles from Japan.
There are two luxurious lounge areas, both with views, a gas fireplace in the main living area, a handmade Tasmanian oak dining table and Miele appliances in the chef's kitchen, while the courtyard has a fireplace and there's another firepit and barbecue elsewhere.
There's WI-FI, Netflix and Apple TV, but guests may be hard pressed to drag their eyes away from the view – because surely that's the point of it.
From $1650 a night; two-night minimum stay. See thepointtasmania.com
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