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Red Feather Inn

Near Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Red Feather Inn is a boutique guesthouse, located in the little village of Hadspen, close to Launceston in the northeast of Tasmania. The historic building was one of the first coaching inns and is full of history.

At a Glance

  • Licensed in 1844, Red Feather Inn was one of Tasmania's first coaching inns - built with convict labour

  • The Watchhouse Cottage suite was the original quarters for the officers of the jail next door

  • Red Feather Inn only uses local produce from their own farm and the nearby area where possible

  • Use Red Feather as a base for touring the fantastic Tamar Valley wineries

  • Take part in a class or two at the famous Red Feather Cooking School

Insider's View

Take part in one of their legendary cooking classes, making the most of the area's delicious natural produce.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Dating from 1848, this is one of the oldest buildings in the area and was a welcome rest to weary 19th century travelers.

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Red Feather Inn or take a look at our itineraries to Tasmania


With a laid back, no fuss approach Red Feather Inn is a luxury retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, set in the heart of the wine-growing regions close to Launceston.

The Inn can only ever accommodate 14 guests, ensuring the most intimate and personal service combined with a warm and inviting Australian hospitality. The décor is an eclectic mix of Georgian with French provincial, all tied together with local artifacts and cosy furnishings. Each suite is beautifully appointed, and has a free-standing bath and open fireplace and overlooks the secluded gardens.

There is a real emphasis on fantastic food and wine here at this little-known gem of a property, with the Chef serving up the best local produce from the vegetable garden and nearby farm and the ever-changing seasonal menu is complimented by fantastic Tasmanian wines.

Should the stunning produce and delicious cuisine inspire you, sign up for one of Red Feather Inn’s much acclaimed cooking classes and share in the wealth of knowledge, passion for good food, cooking and Tasmanian produce that the team here revel in. At the Red Feather Inn, they believe that a shared table with fine food, wine and conversation is one of life's greatest pleasures. From 'back to basics' through to 'celebrer le cochon', the Red Feather Cooking School aims to help you extend your culinary boundaries, whilst having an entertaining and enjoyable break in the company of like minded people.


Red Feather Inn's five rooms and suites overlook the tranquil garden and feature quality beds, freestanding baths and gas log heating. The original hayloft has been converted into the Loft Room, with downstairs bathroom and upstairs bedroom, also close to the stars the romantic light and airy Attic Room has a Nordic feel and the Red Feather Room has a lovely tranquil feel. The two storey Garden Suite, accessed from the garden, has a living room, kitchen and area as does the elegant Library Suite. All suites feature: flat screen TV and DVD player, kettle, fridge, and Molton Brown toiletries.


The rooms at Red Feather Inn are not suitable to accommodate children and therefore this property is not suitable for families.


Meals of a very high standard are served in the cosy, communal dining room and there is also a sitting room and library filled with books, CDs and DVDs. There is a very well known cooking school here and for those who love games there is croquet, tennis, petanque and numerous board games.


Red Feather Inn has some lovely riverside walks nearby and cycling and trout fishing are other popular riverside activities. Within easy reach of this lovely boutique hotel are numerous historical homes, lush open gardens, gastronomic experiences, wine routes, golfing, fly fishing and the endless scenic coastline.

Location & Directions

Near Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Red Feather Inn is located in the little village of Hadspen, close to Launceston in the northeast of Tasmania.

When to go

Tasmania has a temperate climate with 4 distinct seasons. Warm summer days from December to February and sometimes snow in the cooler months of June to September. The best time to visit Tasmania is between October and April, when the weather is at its best. By May, nights are getting cold and days are getting shorter. Winters (June-Aug), especially in the high country, can be quite harsh- though that's the best time to curl up in front of a blazing fire.

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