THE BUILD

CREATING GLAMPING HEAVEN IN TASMANIA

This was the site before we started ‘the build’, after we cleared it of feral growth, but otherwise a blank canvas …

Our aim was to create a ‘Luxury Hotel under Canvas’ in this glorious rural setting

which would be true to its setting, resembling an Australian post-WWII Bush Camp

while optimising the magnificent riverfront location and valley and mountain views

When we purchased the property, the entire riverbank and the orchard were a tangled mass of huge feral hathorne, gorse and blackberry, and the flats were heavily compacted by sheep, and full of doc and other weeds.

So clearing and systematically eradicating these pests was the first big job.

The first riverfront prototype ‘bush’ tent went up. Welcome a tent later named ‘Treetops’

And the foundations of the lodge began, using a wonderful Australian invention – mega anchors

Secured by rods drilled into the ground at counter balanced angles, these anchors are not going anywhere

Floods came … twice! And this winter was charaterised by raging winds and torrential rains

and while, thankfully, the prototype tent was unscathed, some of the massive trees were undermined

and the drains were overwhelmed and had to dredged out.

But throughout the wet, work continued

After all the clearing of gorse, blackberry and hawthorne that we had done on the riverbanks, the floods were a major concern.

Prior to the first floods, we had started re-seeding the banks, and planting native clumping grasses, but it was all washed away.

So as soon as things settled down, we started all over again, only to have the second flood wash it all away again …. well to be fair, we knew that we were tempting fate by planting in the middle of winter!

So yes, it was third time lucky!

The glamour of the Arabian Nights soft drapes were added to the tent

the riverfront pods of the Lodge began to take shape
and rough sawn cladding was added to resemble a farm shed at home in its environment

OK … rather posh looking farm sheds!

Looking forward to sundowner drinks on that deck.

Some more tent sites were selected …. imagine waking to those views
The bathrooms arrived – yes, the bathooms!
And these are the high-tech bathroom specifications ….
… drawn on a paper towel !!
After the wet, the ground gradually became firm enough for the heavy equipment to come in to dig the sevices in
After the Christmas/NewYear close down, work commenced again, only to find that a mother red-breasted wren and her two chicks had taken over the third pod …. so work on that has been delayed until the little ones (here ever so cleverly camoflaged) have fledged.
A great day for solving Big Boy 3D jigsaw puzzles
….. and more frames and tent flies start appearing against the skyline
because the water table is so high, the tanks have to be dug deep underground to stop them from popping up …
…. and this results in some seriously deep trenching for drainage around the tanks
The tent walls are up, and the bases are being rodded and nailed down
Container loads of furniture start arriving …
and create a buzz as they are unwrapped!
The plumbing is completed, and the bathrooms start going in … yes, that’s them … the bathrooms! Look how dry everything is now. Can’t believe we have had the wettest spring and summer – you would never know it now!

The concrete floors are then pumped into the bathrooms.

Now this might not sound like a very eco-friendly  process, but it is. By pouring concrete inside the tanks we not only create the waterproof floor dictated by the health Dep, but also the weight of the concrete secures the tank to the ground without us having to permanently impact the environment with cement foundations.

As the Autumn/Winter rains start, there is a mad scramble to get the boardwalk in so that, if we have another excessively wet season, we can at least get between tents and The Lodge.

To minimise our impact on the landscape, the boardwalks simply ‘sit’ on the grounds, and the water connections sit neatly under them.

As the Autumn/Winter rains start, there is a mad scramble to get the boardwalk in so that, if we have another excessively wet season, we can at least get between tents and The Lodge.

To minimise our impact on the landscape, the boardwalks simply ‘sit’ on the grounds, and the water connections sit neatly under them.

The tents are starting to ‘glamp’ both inside and out …
… and everyone just loves the rustic rocking chairs
The bathroom fittings go in…

…. the handmade wooden baths are another winner

…and the slatted floor panels go down

Found a piece of old tank…
…a bit of grinding
… and the lodge is starting to come together just nicely.
Our Truffle Lodge signage has been laser cut from cor-ten steel …..
and is now now happily in place and rusting down to a mellow earthiness