Cantilevered over stunning rugged coast at Table Cape, north west Tasmania, Australia, The Winged House presents a dramatic art and architectural experience. Designed by award-winning architect Richard Goodwin, the zinc wings seem to lift you and the luxurious 180 degree observatory towards the horizon, with waves breaking on rocks to the east and Rocky Point to the west.
The Winged House has easy access to World Heritage listed - Cradle Mountain's sub-antarctic rain forests, The Tarkine, wild west coast, Cape Grim, Stanley and Dismal Swamp and Rocky Cape National Park with its unique flora. Kayaking, trout fishing, hiking and less challenging short walks are all available in this spectacular island setting which is closer in topography, fauna and flora to Antarctica than the Australian mainland.
Vineyards and wineries, orchards of apples, cherries, pears and olives, crayfish, ocean salmon and ocean trout all contribute to the Ten Days on The Island art, culture and gourmet experience held every two years in March-April.
The land on which The Winged House sits was purchased in 2007. Before beginning building, we spent almost one year clearing parts of the steep block, which was infested with Gorse an introduced pest plant covered in spikes and reaching up to 3m high, Since undertaking the construction of the House, we have gradually revegetated the block with native plants and some exotics. In June 2009, we planted 100 Protea plants down the driveway and 60 small olive trees on one terraced area. Now we are entering an exciting project to try and find bore water under the earth - drilling up to 100m down - with no guarantee of success! If we are fortunate and do find water, we can really go ahead with planting - even putting in some grape vines to take advantage of the Mediterranean-type climate here.
We found water - using a water diviner and local knowledge - and now have another 45000 litres of water on tap. we plan to lay irrigation lines to water the trees, native plants and olives through the hot dry summers, and to create a vegetable and herb garden so guests can have access to fresh produce.
elizabeth and quentin purchased this house in 2007
We chose to build a property that was sympathetic to the rugged coastline, with its sweeping views and magnificent natural heritage of Tasmania
Quoting from the Citation from one of the awards The Winged House has won:'Your first view is of a plane or bird - or maybe a giant silver moth - perched halfway down the giant precipitous slope and poised to take off. As you drive closer it waits; becoming more house than bird. Then you enter and are suspended, not just by the grandeur of the view beneath your feet, but by this moment of arrested flight. You are inside the bird/plane; you feel you really could take off, over the cliffs, sliding through the gently buffering airs rising above the sun-polished sea. Flying off and away - and this feeling is the essence of holiday'
I was somewhat prepared for the fantastic views and luxury of the house having pored over the very helpful website. I was however completely overawed by the generosity of the host and the beauty and hospitality of the area. The house was more than comfortable, we had a wonderful selection of music, books and movies to browse, all the condiments to create fabulous meals with the local seafood I purchased in Wynyard, (fantastic!) and even some fabulous Tassie wine. The locals were polite, friendly and helpful. I have to say, Tasmania does tourism EXTREMELY well! The touring around North West Tassie my favourite of our whole trip. We will definitely be back and recommend to anyone to treat themselves to a stay at the winged house.
We were very fortunate to stay at The Winged House for four incredible nights. The beautifully designed house on the most spectacular site cannot be surpassed. This is a very interesting area of Tasmania with many activities within easy driving distance from the house. (Although it is very difficult to force yourself away from the house once you arrive.) The owners were a pleasure to work with during the booking process, and we are so grateful they are willing to share their paradise with the rest of us. We highly recommend a visit to Tasmania and a stay at the incomparable Winged House.
We are lucky enough to live in Tasmania and we have stayed in lots of special places over the years but believe me, this place is just truly beautiful in every sense. The photos and description speak for themselves and they won't dissapoint. You will most likely leave with even better photos because you will have experienced the magic of staying here. For us, it was also the thoughtfullness of the owners that impressed us. It's as if a great friend has lent and trusted you with the keys to this sublime place of theirs. Even without meeting the owners, you can tell that they love sharing The Winged House with others and they want you to leave feeling very content and happy and loving the place as much as they do. There was wine and a generous cheese platter waiting for us. It featured some of Tasmania's best award winning produce. Absolutely EVERYTHING has been carefully thought out and yet some of it is just so wonderfully subtle like .......well... I don't want to spoil the surprises that are in store for when you stay here but it is this thoughtfulness that makes all the difference to an outstanding stay. We shall go back there again that is for sure, only longer next time!.
A truly first class, unique, and private hideaway on Table Cape. The art and the architecture along with views of the coast and wildlife will captivate. Curling up with a book in front of the fire, gazing at the early evening sky glow over the Strait with a glass of Tassie pinot noir in hand, relaxation is guaranteed. The home has every conceivable creature comfort, including the best stocked, truly gourmet kitchen we've ever encountered in a rental property. Our only issue? That we didn't book it for longer!
In a word - AMAZING! What an absolute find.....from the moment I opend that front door
I wished my stay was for longer! The house is fantastic and the views are absolutely AWESOME!
All the latest mod cons, a fully stocked pantry and fridge and crisp linen! Want more??? Well, there is a crackling fireplace, and heaps of land for the kids to run free....hammocks and a great track down to
the waters edge! Oh yes, a hot bath with a glass of red and views as far as the eye can see! Will most definately be back and would recommend this place in a heart beat!
WOW! WOW! WOW! The Winged House certainly exceeded all of our expectations. it was our first trip to Tassie, and it proved to be a great decision to stay in Table Cape. The property was fantastic for our 4 children who only wanted to explore the property itself, not the rest of tassie. The house was warm and homely, with all the comforts of a 5 star hotel! even the fridge was stocked for our arrival. we will definitely be back, and would definitely recommend it for a great family holiday, or a romantic getaway. We loved the views, and the peacefulness. But mostly we loved that it was just US and BASS STRAIT.
Dial-a-massage, Dial-a-cray (TASMANIAN SEASONAL CRAYFISH)