The Best Richmond (Tasmania) Accommodation

From luxury estates to vineyard retreats – one place you’ve got to visit on your Tassie road trip is Richmond (Tasmania). Accommodation options are plentiful, and in this article we recommend the 6 best places for you to stay.

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Explore historic Richmond on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Richmond | 📷: Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan

The Coal River Valley is one of Tasmania’s finest regions – click here for our Guide to the Coal River Valley – and yet for some reason it seems to fly under the radar.

So many travellers treat Richmond and the Coal River Valley as a quick day-trip option from Hobart, and while they are guaranteed a fun-filled day it isn’t the same as staying a night or two and giving yourself time to soak up the country vibes, away from the hustle and bustle of Hobart.

It’s a beautiful valley, and you’ll enjoy learning more about Tasmania’s convict history while visiting Richmond Bridge, the old Richmond gaol and St John’s Church. And when you need to take a break you’ll find the food and wine options liberally sprinkled across the valley to be second to none! 

Wine lovers will enjoy tasting their way through some of Tasmania’s best cool-climate Pinot Noir and Riesling wines, while foodies will be in gastronomic heaven as they sample the cheeses, chocolates and modern-Australian menus found in many of the valley’s best restaurants.

Whether you’re in search of luxury, a family farm stay, or quality accommodation in the heart of Richmond, this guide to the best Richmond accommodation is sure to help you plan your Tasmanian road trip.

Choosing the best Richmond (Tasmania) accommodation

Very quickly, we thought we’d explain how we chose the best accommodation options in Richmond and the Coal River Valley.

It’s pretty simple. We look for 3 things:

  1. Amazing customer feedback (including our own experiences)
  2. Superb location, or an ‘X’ factor that makes it stand out from the crowd
  3. Great value

Just one isn’t enough. To get on our list it must meet all three.

But you know what, it’s pretty hard to get it wrong in Tasmania because they’re all so amazing!

1. Prospect House Private Hotel

Prospect House Private Hotel is the best Richmond Tasmania accommodation for your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Prospect House Private Hotel - Richmond's best accommodation

If you like to travel in style then Prospect House Private Hotel is one place you must stay on your Lap of Tasmania road trip.

The team behind award-winning Pooley Wines have unlocked the incredible potential of this sprawling colonial retreat, located at the gateway to historic Richmond Village.

The king and queen courtyard rooms achieve outstanding levels of understated elegance, and you’ll welcome their personalised service and genuine hospitality.

Whether its a luxe picnic on the lawns, a round of golf, or a lazy day of cycling around Richmond village, Prospect House has plenty to keep you occupied. And at the end of the day you’ll relish the opportunity to taste the highest quality produce of the Coal River Valley under the expert hand of head chef Kurstin Berriman.

Book it in, and you too can explore, connect and reflect at Prospect House Private Hotel.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Richmond
  • Room Rate: $$$$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: No
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Suitable for children: No
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: Prospect House Private Hotel is perfect for exploring the Coal River Valley. Not only are you in the middle of one of Tasmania’s best and most beautiful wine regions, but you are only 15-mins from the airport, and 25-mins from Hobart. A 2-night stay is ideal.

~ Exclusive Offer ~

Prospect House has an exclusive offer for Lap of Tasmania readers staying between May and August 2019.

Use the MYLAPOFTAS code while booking online and you will receive:

1-night: Queen Courtyard Room + Dinner + Breakfast for only $399 (normally $510) + Free Late Checkout

– OR –

2-nights: King Courtyard Room + Dinner + Breakfast for only $899 (normally $1,140) + Free Luxe Picnic for 2 + Free Late Checkout

2. The Mill House Cottage

Historic Richmond Bridge is considered by many to be the heart of Richmond Village – and you can’t get any closer to this Australian icon than Mill House Cottage (circa 1853).

The gardens and grounds are in immaculate condition, and after a day in the village you’ll appreciate the serenity of this wonderfully restored private cottage.

The cottage is fully self contained with all modern conveniences, and you’ll also receive provisions for a delicious continental breakfast.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Richmond
  • Room Rate: $$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering availableYes
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Suitable for children: Yes
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: For a peaceful stroll under the willows, follow the walking trail along the banks of the Coal River, cross at the weir and returning on the opposite side. Don’t forget to take some bread for the ducks!

3. Every Man and His Dog Vineyard

Every Man and His Dog Vineyard is one of the best Richmond Tasmania accommodation options for your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Delicious Cheese and Wine at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard - Richmond

The Coal River Valley is dotted with tiny boutique wineries, and at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard you not only get to taste their wines, but you can stay among the vines as well!

Just minutes from Richmond, you’ll love the cosy vibe and central location. Loretta and Andy receive fantastic feedback from all their guests for their laid back approach and country hospitality – not to mention their scrumptious breakfasts.

If you love fine wines and a cosy retreat, then you’re going to thoroughly enjoy a night or two at Every Man and His Dog Vineyard.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Richmond
  • Room Rate: $$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: No
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Suitable for children: No
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: Their wines are fantastic, but Loretta and Andy also create amazing cheese platters and picnic hampers. Put it all together and you’ve got the perfect lunch for your road trip!

4. Tara's Richmond Farmstay

Tara’s Richmond Farmstay offers a unique experience for anyone planning a family road trip in Tasmania.

This small, family-run working farm is a destination in itself, with a range of crops and farm animals changing with the seasons.

Your children will love the opportunity to get up close to the friendly farm animals, – including lambs, sheep and ponies – while in summer you can all enjoy picking your own farm-fresh fruit.

Previous guests have commented on how warm and comfortable the cottage is in winter, and ZooDoo Wildlife Park is only 15-mins away. 

If you’re looking for the perfect family getaway, Tara’s Richmond Farmstay ticks all the boxes!

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: 5-min drive from Richmond
  • Room Rate: $$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: Yes
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Suitable for children: Yes
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: The apartments at Tara’s Richmond Farmstay are set up nicely for self-catering, helping you stretch your road trip budget further.

5. Mulberry Cottage B&B

There’s something for everyone at Mulberry Cottage B&B. Just a few minutes walk from historical Richmond Bridge and the village centre, their two delightfully renovated cottages offer comfortable and cosy lodgings with a choice of valley or garden views.

Take one look at all the positive feedback from fellow road trippers and you’ll see two things that really stand out – the decadently comfortable beds and their delicious pancakes with maple syrup and fresh fruit!

For quality accommodation at a fantastic price you can’t go wrong with Mulberry Cottage B&B.

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Richmond
  • Room Rate: $$
  • Breakfast available: Yes
  • Self-catering available: Yes
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Suitable for children: No
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: If you’re thinking about self-catering, make sure you book Valley View cottage, as it has the best cooking facilities of the two cottages.

6. The Original Bridge Cottages

Built in 1823 for the village Sergeant, The Original Bridge Cottages are among the oldest in Tasmania.

With lovely views across Richmond Bridge, both the Armoury Cottage and Sergeants Cottage offer white picket fences, luxurious open fires, wooden floors and grand French doors.

If you’re looking for the ultimate adults-only retreat just minutes from all the attractions of Richmond and the Coal River Valley, this is the place for you!

🏡 At a glance…

  • Location: Richmond
  • Room Rate: $
  • Breakfast available: No
  • Self-catering available: Yes
  • Free WiFi: No
  • Suitable for children: No
  • Pet friendly: No
  • Tips: For a delicious breakfast, stroll down the main street of Richmond Village to Ashmore on Bridge Street – they also make the best coffee in town!

Keep planning your Lap of Tasmania road trip

We hope this has helped make your choice of accommodation in Richmond that little bit easier.

So what’s next? Have you worked out how to get to Tasmania yet? 

To learn about the different options available – covering Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie and covering both flights and the Spirit of Tasmania ferry – read our article on How to Get to Tasmania.

And if you’re wondering when to travel, check out our article on the Best Time to Visit Tasmania. Not only does it show you the best months to see Tassie’s iconic attractions, but it also helps you avoid school holidays and the peak tourist season.

And how about hiring a car or campervan in Tasmania – are you wondering where to start?

We’ve got two easy-to-read articles that compare the different options, recommend the best companies in Tasmania, and stop you getting caught by the pesky terms and conditions!

Click here to read our article on Tasmanian Car Hire, and here for our guide to Tasmania Campervan Hire.

Happy road tripping!

Andrew Strikis

Andrew Strikis

Andrew is an award-winning travel writer and photographer from Tasmania. Over the last 10 years he has been an advocate for Tasmanian tourism, working with and supporting many of Tasmania's prominent organisations such as Tourism Northern Tasmania, Hobart and Beyond, and MONA. Together with his wife he enjoys exploring Tasmania by road, and he looks forward to helping others plan and enjoy their own Lap of Tasmania road trip.

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