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Location Advantage and Neighborhood of Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
Montacute's location in the historic village of Battery Point is absolutely second to none. It is the most expensive square mile of real estate in all of Tasmania, and it is not difficult to see why. Sweet little cottages, grand mansions and adorable shops form the heart of this tiny English-style village, right in the centre of the city of Hobart.
Within 2-10 minutes walk of Montacute, guests will find cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, galleries and shops, as well as a supermarket, cash machine, post office and pharmacy. Also less than 10 minutes walk from Montacute is the Hobart waterfront, Salamanca Market (every Saturday), the Tasmanian Tourist Information Centre, the high-speed ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).
Also, around the corner you can find the venue of Tasmania’s major festivals, including the Wooden Boat Festival (Feb), Dark Mofo (June), the Festival of Voices (July), the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (Dec) and the Taste of Tasmania (Dec/Jan).
How to get there:
When arriving at the harbor, you can simply walk to Montacute Hostel. It takes only 10 walking minutes. If you arrive to the airport, you have two options. You can take a taxi which takes only around 20 minutes, and is more expensive than the Airport Shuttle Bus. The bus takes up to 1.5 hours and runs frequently.
What to do in Hobart?
Where in the world are these peculiarly named places: Sphinx Rock, Silver Falls, Octopus Tree, Ice House Ruin, Organ Pipes, Crocodile Rock and the Lost World.
They are all locations on the hiking trails of the magnificent Mt Wellington, which frames the beautiful little harbour town of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Tasmanians seem to like their wacky place names. While touring the island state, you may also stubble across the villages of Doo Town, Snug, Nook, Nowhere Else, Flowerpot, Paradise, Bust-Me-Gall Hill, Penguin, the Promised Land, Milkshake Hills and Egg & Bacon Bay. Breakfast anyone?
Full Address: 📍 Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse,
1 Stowell Ave, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7004
The owners brought in a bit of their own personal history too – the name “Montacute” refers to a small English town in Somerset that Antony’s great-great-great-great-great grandfather was from.
He set sail for Australia in 1821, and today you can still go see his wooden voyage box at the Narryna Heritage Museum, which is right next door to the hostel.
Alongside all the traditional style, there are a handful of modern touches that 21st century travelers will appreciate.
The hostel has a large car park, where guests are allowed to park for free.
They’ve also got free WiFi, adapters, and individual reading lights on hand. Enjoy the modern-meets-traditional vibes at their very best as you snuggle under one of their superfine merino wool blankets (100% Tasmanian-made) in front of a roaring fire.
3. What’s unique? Fit In With the Family
When you stay at Montacute, you become part of the big Montacute family, as you are actually staying at the home of Antony.
Other than their bedrooms, the family share all amenities with their guests, so you are likely to be cooking alongside them in the kitchen each evening.
It’s the perfect opportunity to pick their brains about things to see and do in Tasmania.
Or ask them about the best local produce to buy – Tasmania is a foodie’s paradise, and is particularly famous for seafood, cheese, chocolate, wine, whiskey, cider, beer and gin.
4. The Tassie lifestyle
All of the aspects described above combine to make Montacute a very relaxed place to stay.
In fact, guests often book for one night, then end up staying all week.
It’s all designed to make interacting with people as simple and seamless as possible, from the communal dining table that can seat 20 (it actually used to be a table used at German Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich), and a comfy sitting room with a big fire and lots of board games and books on hand.
There’s no T.V. anywhere in the hostel, making it even easier to strike up a conversation with your fellow travelers.
They do have free WiFi, though!
While the hostel doesn’t officially plan any events, there are all sorts of things happening that pop up naturally.
People share their meals at the Oktoberfest table, and over a tasty dish they end up planning things like outdoor barbecues in the big garden, board game nights, and laid-back chill sessions.
5. Best staff in Australia
Antony is building up some seriously good online reviews.
In fact, they are consistently rated as being the best hostel staff in Australia.
Their commitment to customer service is exceptional.
It’s probably because of the way they welcome you into the big Montacute family, taking you on a tour of the house and introducing you to others.
We think it’s also because of all the little things they have thought about to make your stay as relaxing as possible.
They know that travellers appreciate tea, coffee, WiFi and parking, so all of these are available for free.
For a small fee, guests can also use the laundry or hire a bicycle.
And then there is the honour system – to buy a drink, shampoo, earplugs or chocolate, all you have to do is put your coins in the jar on the kitchen table.
It’s a very trusting approach and we think it’s one of the reasons why guests often say they feel like they are staying at their friends’ house, rather than at a hostel.
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