Tinderbox’s AERIE Retreat

Tucked away thirty minutes south of the bustling streets of Hobart sits the historic and scenic Tinderbox suburb. Perfectly situated atop a densely forested hill overlooking Bruny Island, Storm Bay, D’Entrecasteaux Channel and the Iron Pot Lighthouse at the mouth of the Derwent River, these advantageous views offered the perfect site for a military fort and training grounds during WWII. While some evidence of the area’s history can still be seen, the suburb now offers its residents a place of peace and solace, and for visitors of the private retreat AERIE, a chance to literally soak in the views from a Tasmanian Timber clad hot tub.

Set amongst the treetops perched on the side of a hill proudly rests the apartment style private retreat, AERIE. Project Manager and owner of AERIE Braye Sutherland, carefully selected all the materials used for the retreat. Having been formerly employed by the UN, Braye and his wife lived in multiple countries around the world before coming back to their home state of Tasmania. Careful to incorporate design elements inspired by their time abroad they have also paid tribute to local and sustainable materials including Tasmanian hardwoods, which can be found throughout the guest apartment.

Bringing the outdoors in, Tasmanian Oak lines the floors throughout the apartment’s interior bringing a sense of warmth to the retreat that overlooks the often-turbulent sea and sky.

Incorporating a one of a kind handmade Tapa Cloth from their time in the Ha’apai Islands in Tonga as a part of the decor, the textile is featured on the living room wall, beautifully framed by parallel running sawn Tasmanian timber planks, kept raw and untreated to show off their character. Playful walls can also be found in the bedroom and kitchen, where the trace of timber beams can be seen through panes of clouded glass.

Outside of the apartment down a bush hidden path and dozens of steps, rests a secluded outdoor spa oasis complete with a firepit, sea water hot tub and fire lit sauna both lined in Tasmanian timber to blend in with the nature’s surroundings.

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