Ratho Farm

Accommodation | Bothwell | Central Highlands

One of the best things about the Central Highlands region of Tasmania is that it is so easily accessible, no matter where you might be on your ‘Lap’ of the island.

Too many visitors ignore this beautiful part of Tasmania – but on the upside it means you can enjoy the peace, solitude, and serenity of its broad lakes, alpine forests, and colonial history all to yourself!

There are many little towns and homesteads from which to explore the area, but in all my travels the one place that truly represents this unique part of the world is Ratho Farm, just outside Bothwell.

If you are anything like me, when my wife and I go road tripping we always seek that elusive balance between modern comfort and trying to get a taste of what our colonial ancestors may have experienced. 

Surrounding ourselves with memories and stories of days gone by, and yet free to put the feet up at the end of a long day of local discovery with a Tassie pinot in hand, a toasty room, and the warm embrace of a luxuriously soft bed to prepare you for another day full of adventure.

It is rare these days to find that deft balance, but this is exactly what you can look forward to at Ratho Farm!

"We had a fantastic stay at Ratho Farm. Our room was spacious, warm and private, the grounds were beautifully kept and we could hear the sound of the running creek outside - a wonderful break from the noise and pace of everyday life. Our host was welcoming and so friendly. We enjoyed drinks at the house bar and the company of other guests at the large dining table for dinner. The food was absolutely wonderful!"

- Mel (Facebook)

Bothwell is a great place from which to explore the Central Highlands, and what many visitors don’t realise is that this friendly little town is home to Australia’s oldest golf course, and the oldest course outside of Scotland.

A round or two at Ratho Golf Links is an absolute must to see for yourself how the game of golf emerged from farmer’s paddocks in the early 1800s – evidence of which is still seen today in the square greens – into the modern sport that now captures the hearts and minds of so many around the world.

⛳ Special Offer!

Mention the Lap of Tasmania when booking your escape to Ratho Farm in the beautiful Central Highlands, or on arrival, and receive your choice of either:

  • Your second round of golf FREE at Australia’s oldest golf course; ⛳ – OR –

  • Your second cooked breakfast FREE🍳

Valid for direct bookings only.

Something else I really like about the Ratho Farm experience are the dining options that are available to all guests.

It is completely up to you, but I thoroughly recommend including both breakfast and dinner options with your accommodation.

For a small supplement to your daily rate you will receive a delicious continental breakfast. This not only includes your typical options like cereal, yoghurt, toast, fruit, juices, tea and coffee – but also includes a hot side-dish such as a breakfast bake, bacon, beans or mushrooms depending on the season.

Dinners at Ratho Farm are such a great communal experience! It is the perfect opportunity to say g’day to your fellow guests around a shared table, while tasting your way through a hearty 3-course meal. A new chef has recently joined the team at Ratho Farm and some exciting menu changes and additions are on their way!

Take the road less-travelled on your Lap of Tasmania, escape to Tasmania’s stunning Central Highlands and book your short stay at Ratho Farm to discover one of Tasmania’s very best hosted bed and breakfasts.

More than just a destination, it is an experience!

Click on the link below to learn more and check their availability.

"Our one night stay at Ratho Farm was amazing. Very quiet and an amazing place for a getaway. Our host was super friendly and very accommodating - not to forget the food was amazing. The room was super clean and tidy... definitely will come back again!"

- Fiona (Facebook)

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