To get to Captains Rest, one travels through the fishing town of Strahan. We made a stop into the Hill St Grocer IGA for some seriously good local produce (as we had little plan of leaving the cottage once settled in) before continuing on, crossing the tracks of the steam train line which still operates with half day or full day adventures through the Tassie terrain. A little further on, down the hill and you emerge into a community of cottages of painted, weathered corrugated iron that have been patched & repaired over the years, all in higgledy-piggledy fashion with clustered outhouses, boats, bbqs, jetties, swings just a stone’s throw from the lake’s edge.
Owner Sarah Andrews has applied her stylist’s eye to the interiors; there’s an intimacy to the space, which is thoughtfully designed so as to never feel cramped, a very clever design for a small space where there are plenty of places to co-exist, stretch out, relax or create. Wainscoting covers the interior walls, a built-in day bed next to the pot belly makes for a spectacular reading spot next to a big bank of Georgian windows and the deep claw-footed tub in the bathroom encourages long soaks. The daybed is just as beautiful as the main bed, perfect for stargazing and watching the sunrise. Bring your eye mask if staying during a full moon, the reflection from the water is luminous!
There’s a generosity of spirit of ‘helping yourself’ to her beautiful abode and the use of its facilities (goodies in the fridge, picnic ware for fine days and a white wooden rowboat to try your hand at fishing) which gives the whole stay a feeling of not being too precious and feeling relaxed from the moment you arrive.
We never wanted to leave. Over a 3 day stay we tore ourselves away only to restock supplies and to check out the Morrisons Shed. The shoreline provides ample opportunity to forage – we found pink and purple stones to take back and create watercolour still lifes on the built-in dining bench overlooking the lake views.
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