Australia Uncovered: Sandstone Barn Turned into Fantasy Retreat

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Armytage House in Hobart

Once a mere grain storage barn, now a luxury retreat

With clear water, picturesque coastline, fertile soils and vast national parks, Tasmania is a magical place. However, there is much more to it than the stunning views and landscapes. The 26th largest island in the world is also lucky to have an amazing array of beautifully-retained 1800’s historical properties. While the majority have been renovated and brought to the 21st century, visitors can still experience the two-centuries-old properties in a unique way.

Armytage House landscape view

A small dam and a creek surround the picturesque Armytage House

Armytage House is amongst these antique buildings with rich history. Situated in Bagdat, near Hobart, in a charming rural area, the almost 200-year-old building used to serve as grain storage facility to what was back then the Armytage family main residence – Milford Manor. Today the sandstone barn has been renovated and turned into a self-contained luxury vacation retreat. Secluded amidst lush orchard and flower gardens with a small dam and a creek running by, the place allows travellers to rest far away from the busy modern-day life.

It is truly amazing that such an impressive construction was once a mere storage unit. With two bedrooms, bathroom and a kitchen which will make any chef drool, Armytage House stuns with its quiet elegance. The kitchen and one of the bedrooms take up the ground floor while the second sleeping zone is set up on mezzanine level overlooking the living area. The renovation works complement the traditional colonial architecture.

Tasmanian timber and leather decorate the interior to create a luxurious finish while the exterior has been fully preserved from the hand-made bricks to the dazzling sandstone. The open-plan layout of the barn makes transition between the living area and the kitchen. The mixed wood tones, stone and terracotta flooring create the perfect rural atmosphere to help visitors relax in a modern yet calm domestic environment

Outdoors, you will find a charming fireplace, patio, brick oven and a BBQ facility – the perfect equipment to have a nice typical Australian BBQ party. Aside from the gardens and rural areas, you will also find plenty of amazing sites to explore in the region like wineries, bric-a-brac markets, artisan food producers and many more.

Images courtesy of Home Away.

armytage house garden

Lush gardens surround the estate

elegant colonial hallway

As you know the entrance of your home makes the biggest impression on visitors. This one is a fine example of modernised colonial architecture. Looks elegant and even offers nice ‘old times’ sitting space.

bright hallway

Natural light lows freely through the vast glass doors. Cleverly placed table breaks up the long hallway and makes an interesting focal point.


open-space kitchen

Open-space kitchen area allows you to move around freely and maintain a conversation while cooking

modern kitchen appliances

Next-generation German kitchen appliances make cooking a real treat.

comfortable dining area

Charming dining area near the kitchen.


Armytage house ground floor bedroom

Ground Floor Bedroom

Second Floor Bedroom

Mezzanine bedroom overlooking the living area

colonial architecture, period windows

Authentic period windows with stunning garden view

SPA bathroom in 1800's colonial home

Modern SPA bathroom with a relaxing view set in the colonial sandstone barn

outdoor patio

Functional conversation area in the backyard lies in close proximity to the fireplace and BBQ. The rural view is a bonus!

Outdoor Patio

Fireplace, BBQ equipment and a sitting zone make a perfect outdoor entertainment area.

road sign

Well, that’s all, mates!


Author: Sam

Samantha Winterland (Sam) is the owner and creator of Best Home Ideas. Having graduated from the Withehouse Institute of Design Australia, she has devoted her blog to exploring the latest innovations in interior design. Sam admits she loves everything DIY and is always ready to face a new challenge.

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