Georgian Elegance in Regional Tasmania
"The Willows" is the best preserved and oldest "Homestead" style house in Australia. "The Willows" stands in 6 acres of English style parklike gardens with many English trees over 150 years old.
Built in 1837, "The Willows" has a 60 foot long central hallway on the ground floor, uninterrupted and having reception and entertaining rooms off both sides.
No earlier example of this style is known to still exist in Australia.
Solid and traditional workmanship of superior standards. External walls are triple brick on Bluestone foundations. Internal walls are double brick.
Flooring in 9 inch wide Baltic Pine and all joinery such as skirtings, mantles, doors and windows are in Australian Cedar. Skirting Boards are 14 inches high in Cedar and Doors are 6 solid Cedar panels with Cedar frames.
Situated in Westbury, 25 minutes from Launceston city and Launceston
Windows are 8 pane doubles, tongue-in-groove closing with Cedar Casements. The windows have brass slide locking. This tongue-in-groove closure is unique in Australian domestic Architecture.
The ceilings are 12 foot 6 inches high and have elaborate cornices and ceiling roses
There are 12 functioning fireplaces and again these have Cedar mantles and surrounds.
6 Bedrooms complement the extensive entertainment area and sunny kitchen.
A Cedar staircase leads to upstairs bedrooms and the is an enormous solarium to add character and appeal
Gas heating throughout.
3 separate off peak electric hot water services.
Modern Kitchen with European appliances.
3 Bathrooms, Spa bathroom, 4 Person Sauna.
Electronic Security System and Smoke Alarms.
15 metre solar heated swimming pool.
"The Willows" was built as a private residence. Cost was not spared. Captain William Moriaty (RN), the builder, was the magistrate general based in Westbury.