our chapter at Stanton

In 2013 Garth and I decided we wanted a change of lifestyle. The heat in Brisbane Queensland was getting too much for us and the office environment constricting. We started browsing the internet and quickly became entranced by the possibilities in Tasmania.

When we found Stanton on the market we thought it amazing that we could soon be living in one of Australia's oldest homes. Stanton isn't a grand holding but a real farmhouse and a bit higgledly piggedly from all the changes down the generations. We thought we could make it home. Fittingly in 2017 on the house's 200th anniversary we welcomed descendants of Thomas Shone, the original owner of the property, to celebrate their family reunion.

Our family has experienced a lot of joy sharing Stanton with our guests and also becoming part of the local community.

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the house

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Stanton is a welcoming and stoic Georgian farmhouse built in 1817. Stanton was never a flashy, stately house, it has always been a farmhouse and because of this it has a warm and welcoming feel. It’s undeniably a home, not a house.

In the more than 200 years that this house has been providing a home and shelter for countless generations it has has many changes and renovations but it still has so many of it’s original features and charms.

In fact the original sandstone stairs as you approach the front door are noticeably concave, worn down and marked by the feet of more than 200 years of footfalls from each and every person that has been before.

Our guests enjoy sole use of the drawing room with it’s cosy atmosphere and open fire and dining room downstairs, as well as the upstairs tea room, sun room and the Victorian verandahs. We have 3 guest rooms all with the following amenities.

You will love the breakfast served each morning in the downstairs dining room. Our emphasis is on the best Tasmanian produce with everything made on the premises, including the granola and preserved fruit. The eggs coming fresh from our free ranging chooks and ducks.

The house has a wonderful history with so many stories that seem to come straight from the movies. In fact Martin Cash, a bushranger, took a dinner party hostage.


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 the property

The property is sixteen acres encompassing lush paddocks, orchards, gardens and streams. Roaming purposelessly throughout the acres discovering new corners of the property is a wonderful adventure in of itself. Feel free to sample whatever is ripe and in season as you stroll through the orchard and kick into slow-gear sitting by the gullies and ponds trying to spot the eternally shy and secretive platypus.

Enjoy the clear Tassie night sky with more stars than you could imagine with one of the local beers, wines or ciders we stock (just note what you take on your honesty tab) and see if you can spot one of our resident quolls, wallabies or possums who arrive in the early evening and stay till late.

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Be sure to introduce yourself to our small menagerie of animals including ducks and geese (the duck eggs make a great breakfast!), Little Man the rooster and his harem of ladies, our pet sheep Minty, Stuart and Lolly. We keep a few thousand wonderful bees who work hard to provide us with honey and an abundance of fruit - if you don’t get in the way of them working they won’t even notice you.

But if you’d like an activity that’s a little more defined consider a picnic and game of boules in the orchard, enjoying a cheese platter, drinks and great company on the verandah or warming your toes with a great book by the fire.

With no electricity wires and clear open paddocks little and big kids will love flying model aircraft and kites when the wind picks up. If boating is more your speedy our large back dam is perfect for remote control boats. If all else fails hunting for frogs is always fun - better if its raining and muddy!

With all animals, paddocks and land our property is a wonderful adventure land for kids but please be aware that our three dams do provide a potential danger for smaller children. Children do need to be supervised by adults.