What a peaceful home away from home your cottage is!! We felt so relaxed and peaceful with the wonderful calming music, and the wood fire was amazing - just watching the flames was so relaxing.
Your warm welcome and informative email full of local information and tips was greatly appreciated.
We loved our time in your beautiful cottage and with your handwritten letter and helpful notes, we felt so special. You should be so very proud of what you have created for travellers - a truly stunning place to unwind and enjoy.
Thank you and best wishes
— Robyn and Ian McDermott Shepparton, Victoria 15 and 16 October 2019
Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful, cosy, homely place to stay over the last week. It’s been a truly special experience. We have loved every minute of it!

Thank you for all the informative suggestions you gave us - we were able to visit some places (and eat some really good food) that otherwise we might have missed.

Thank you, too, for leaving us hay to feed Tracy and Geraldine and letting us wander about your property, and spend time with the chickens and roosters, and Tiny Tim and Benjamin Button, who are just adorable. We can’t thank you enough for this experience and the feeling of relaxation it’s given us...priceless!

We hope to visit again in the future. We will definitely be recommending your accommodation to our family and friends.
— Cheryl and Paul, Brisbane 11 - 18 August 2019

Thank you for providing the most peaceful, tranquil and magical place to stay this weekend! We both feel so refreshed and rejuvenated. Thank you, Helen, for taking us around to feed the birds and animals - it was so thoughtful of you and we loved it. We can’t wait to return again sometime in the near future! It was especially lovely to walk inside on arrival and be greeted by the lovely music, flowers, port and chocolate. What a dream! Hope to stay with you again soon.
— Gabriella and Keiron, Hobart, Tasmania. 22 and 23 February 2019

This is our second trip to Tassie - we have stayed in many places in Australia and New Zealand. We chose Herons Rise, mainly due to its location and seclusion and we weren’t disappointed - your cottage was one of the very best. Your very welcoming presence and passion to provide comfortable, clean and welcoming accommodation and your personal attention to detail is up there with the best. The property is delightful with some farm friends to interact with.
Helen, thanks for a very welcoming environment and a very relaxing stay.
— Steve and Lysanne - Perth. 11 - 15 September 2018

Thank you, Helen, for your hospitality and generosity making our stay at Herons Rise a joy. This is our 23rd annual stay, therefore nothing more praising could be written. Regards
— Des and Maria O'Dwyer 4 - 11 May 2018

Dear Helen, Can we please become permanent renters? We’ll sell our house in Victoria and move over in a nano-second. Unfortunately for us, we settled in too well and now must leave our haven of peace! I will miss your lovely loaves of bread and your sincere hospitality.

I LOVE the turbo chooks, the little marsupials and the gorgeous black-faced wallabies.

We will be back!
— Ella and John (Victoria) 13 - 24 March 2018.

We loved our stay! We were here for a long weekend with our 18 month old for a wedding. Herons Rise was a little oasis in a busy weekend and we wish we had longer! Loved the pantry (very reasonably priced!) - ingenious and perfect on the first night when we crashed with tiredness and couldn’t make it out! The welcome was warm, especially taking our daughter to feed the ducks. The view is stunning and so relaxing. The cot and safety gate are very welcome additions! Thanks again!
— Lisa, Mark & Scarlett (Au) 2 - 4 February 2018

Thanks for a lovely stay in the most perfect getaway cottage - everything has been just perfect. Thanks for your efforts in making this a special experience. We really enjoyed staying here and will return some day.
— Kjeld and Lone (Denmark) 17 and 18 January 2018

Thank you for a beautiful stay. we really enjoyed our time on your beautiful property. The small touches make it feel like home - the flowers, port, wine, music and the beautiful array of fresh brekkie produce and home-baked bread. The Loft is a credit to you. Chris and I will definitely be back soon.
Eating and drinking our way through southern Tas - what a way to go!
— Chris and Sharee (Hobart & Launceston) 6 and 7 January 2018. @iashuttles @ataleoftwovines

Helen, thank you for an incredible stay. Our anniversary was very special and one to remember. A big thank you to you and your son for the excellent recommendations on the car!
We will be sure to recommend to our friends and family.
— Xenia and Adam (Melbourne) 1/1/18 - 3/1/18

Beautiful, warm, homely accommodation. We had a wonderful stay. Thank you for all the lovely touches - the selection of food, welcoming us to wander the property, lovely linen and magazines. Many thanks.
— Kris and Bridge January 2018

Thank you for the incredible hospitality. We felt taken care of from the moment we stepped on the property. We hope to be back soon. Helen is a class act!
— George and Read Phillips. December 2017

Peaceful and tranquil with beautiful views and gorgeous rabbits in the garden. I didn’t even mind being woken at 5am by the birds! The layout of the Studio is full of character.
Kettering is such a good location for a day trip to Bruny Island and exploring the local produce. Grandvewe Cheeses was a great find and so worth a visit. Helen, you were the perfect host and I enjoyed our many texts.
— Val and Len Green (Mawson Lakes, SA) December 2017


The Loft is absolutely awesome. Your attention to detail and your consideration for Peter with his bad back and the extra bed (he slept well) made our stay all the more perfect. A great place to stay and to do the Huon Valley, Channel day trips and Bruny Island.
— Sue and Pete Eyre from Launceston and Perth friends, Ken and Judy December 2017

Helen, what a kind and generous host you are. You have made us feel like friends, not guests – from greeting us at the gate and taking our girls to feed the ducks and chickens, to port, chocolate and music greeting us in our cottage.

Beautiful special touches.

The cottage is fantastic – clean, cosy and comfortable, and you are generous with your time and knowledge. Thank you for all the travel tips. If we are ever back in Tassie, we will definitely stay here again.
— Rob, Ange, Alexis and Louisa McGavin from Brisbane December 2017

We instantly fell in love with the Wine Loft the moment we drove in. Helen had thoughtfully provided a full sensory experience, which was a soothing balm after travelling: smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight were kept stimulated in the rich surroundings of Herons Rise over the next few days.

We join the chorus of others who say ‘It wasn’t long enough. We’ll be back.’
— Megan and Rod Mitchell December 2017

Thank you Helen, for the very warm welcome and all the info on the area. A beautiful peaceful place to stay. Everything needed was provided. We would recommend to friends coming to Tasmania.
— Bruce and Lyn McGregor Australia, November 2017

Thank you for a wonderful, restful stay in your B&B. We have been on the go for weeks before our wedding and last night we stopped, rested and enjoyed the peace and privacy your B&B offered. My only regret is we didn’t have enough time to truly enjoy what was offered. Thanks for your hospitality and a fabulous stay.
— Karen and Chris Lancaster from Australia November 2017

We love B&B’s and have made use of them on many occasions in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, France, Italy and Croatia. We have only given a score of 10/10 once before but this place deserves 11/10...from the first moment of Helen’s warm welcome to the amazingly generous bowl of fruit and the comprehensive breakfast provisions in a huge cottage where the architecture and the furnishings are chosen with exquisite taste - not to mention the beautiful garden and its wonderful outlook.
— Margaret Barrett and Gerald Cooper from Sydney November 2017

Thank you, Helen, for a wonderful stay in the Wine Loft. Three days flew past and next time we hope we can stay longer - such a beautiful location - it was truly paradise. You are the perfect host. Since our very first email conversation with you, we have been made to feel welcome, and the extra touches, such as the beautiful flower posies and chocolate have only cemented this welcome. You deserve a 5 star rating!
— Sharon and Peter Custance from Perth November 2017

Dear Helen, Miriam and Russel. We are so very happy to have visited your beautiful cottage at Herons Rise Vineyard. The location is perfect - stunning views to the harbour, coupled with the tranquility and beauty of the Australian bush. An amazing start to the day, watching the sunrise over the water. We really enjoyed sitting, relaxing and listening to the sounds of all the birds, and watching the antics of the rabbits and chooks.

The cottage is thoughtfully furnished and equipped to ensure a very comfortable stay. We have not been able to identify any improvements - your attention to detail and personal touches, such as our welcome note, made us feel welcome and “at home”.

Thank you, Helen, for the information you provided to help us plan our visit. With your advice we could confidently book our tours and maximise our stay. We look forward to a return visit! Thank you for making our stay so special..
— Jenny and John (Sydney) 29-31/10/17