Creature Comforts

The Retreat at Pumphouse Point is nestled into the bush at the edge of Tasmania’s World Heritage Lake St Claire. The prefabricated structure, which was partially built off-site before being transported to its final spot, is comprised of a metal frame, clad with Tasmanian timbers both externally and internally, while the inside reveals a wonderful mix of textures, materials and locally made furniture. The focus from any internal point is out towards the lake and the Pumphouse hotel. The exception to this is the bathroom, its lack of view creating a cavernous space with a stunning freestanding bath sitting between two voids that allow light to funnel in.

The space features Tasmanian oak furniture including a dining set, floating king bed and “Clipped Wing” side tables produced by Simon Ancher; two stunning handmade ceramic basins with a speckled glaze by Hobart native Lindsey Wherrett; and locally made throws from The Spotted Quoll. It was imperative that the Retreat encapsulated an essence of comfort, so Jaws Architects also acquired two “Wilfred” armchairs by Australian designer Jardan, which are oversized and slouchy, allowing guests to truly relax into the peaceful tranquillity offered by the space. Our bags are already packed.

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