The reborn Prospect House Private Hotel sees the reopening of one of Richmond’s most beautiful and historically significant properties. It’s undertaken a high-end renovation that has thrown the property into the spotlight of those seeking a luxury holiday experience. In summary it’s great news for tourists and great news for Richmond and south east Tasmania.
History of Prospect House
This beautiful two story has spent most of it’s lifetime known as Prospect House. It was built during the early 1830’s, and like most of the more grander properties built during this time, it was constructed by convicts. This property was built for James Kestall Buscombe, who owned many of Richmond’s original properties including the Lennox Arms (now the Richmond Arms Hotel), the post office, general store and several houses.
It has always been a beautiful and classy property. When driving to Richmond from Hobart, you’ll see Prospect House on your left side about one kilometre before the village. As you pull into the driveway you pass over a bridge and are greeted by a beautiful Georgian style two-story building. It’s great to see this timepiece being looked after and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Like many properties of this vintage, there have been occasional reportings of a ghost. This ghost is believed to be that of Elizabeth Buscombe, the wife of James Buscombe, who passed away in 1860. Sightings include seeing Elizabeth searching for lost belongings or mumbling sounds outside of closed doors. Fortunately these occurrences were not traumatic for those involved.
The Development of Prospect House Private Hotel
John and Matthew Pooley who own the nearby Pooley Wines at the historic Belmont property, purchased Prospect House in November 2017. They conducted a $5 million refurbishment with upmost tastefulness, care and respect to the heritage property.
From the outside you’ll notice the pink façade has been replaced with a more neutral colour scheme. There is a beautiful, luscious garden leading up to the front entrance.
The refurbishment has positioned the property as a top end luxury accommodation provider, with prices ranging between $900 to $1500 per night. Guests receive an all inclusive experience, including afternoon tea on arrival, open bar, accommodation and breakfast. Guests can enjoy luxury Molton Brown amenities, a stocked Tasmanian wine mini bar, a 24 hour butler service and chauffer parking.
The property is private and intimate, only accommodating 24 guests at a time. It’s surrounded by enough space to provide quietness and serenity, yet still close enough to the village if you choose to walk.
Guests will be located in close proximity to the historic Richmond village tourist sites, wineries and cheese tasting in the Coal River Valley. Those with a car will be within a 15 minute drive from the airport, close to numerous golf courses, and within a 30 minute drive from Hobart’s Salamanca and MONA Gallery. Those who are interested in the state’s history and gourmet offerings will enjoy their time at this Prospect House Private Hotel and the surrounding area.