Stunning views were one of the delights of my stay at Armalong Winery Chalets in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley.
A spacious and well-furnished apartment was another.
Built amongst the trees on a hilltop, the view from my chalet included the vineyards of Tamar Ridge and the Tamar River. As an added bonus the native trees were popular with a variety of birds.
Purchasing my accommodation online I initially booked a studio apartment, but was upgraded to a one bedroom apartment. After a rather disappointing several night stay at a nearby property, I was sorry not to have spent more time at Armalong.
What: Chalet 11, Armalong Winery Chalets
When: November 1, 2015
How Did It Rate
The views. They were amazing and easily accessed. All I had to do was sit on the couch and look out the window! Sadly, the weather was too cool to sit out on the small balcony. Had it been warmer, I would have certainly taken advantage of the barbecue and table and chairs.
The furnishings. Both the living area and bedroom were stylishly decorated. A large table and four chairs were perfectly situated to take full advantage of the views.
While small, the kitchen provided all that I needed including a toaster, microwave and hot plate.
The bathroom included a full size bath together with a large shower. The water was hot and reliable.
The bed. It was large, comfortable and was warmed by an electric blanket. A sliding door separated the bedroom from the living area.
The chalets are located on Tamar Ridge Winery where there are plenty of lovely wines to try!
The major disadvantage of the chalet is it’s located above the busy West Tamar Highway, the main access road from the Tamar Valley into Launceston. Traffic noise was evident during the day. However as I either had the stereo or TV on – (my stay coincided with the Melbourne Cup) – it wasn’t a problem and it didn’t affect my sleep at night. This may have been due to the lack of traffic or the effectiveness of the sliding door or both.
While Tamar Ridge Winery sells food plates, these are only available during the day. There are no other restaurants within walking distance for either lunch or dinner. It’s around a 20 minute drive to Launceston’s CBD.
Researching the property. The only online information about Armalong is through the accommodation booking sites (in my case I used bookings.com). Once my booking was made I promptly received an email from owner/manager Helen, providing more information about my accommodation. On the morning of my stay I received a text advising me of my chalet number, how to access the key and details for leaving the apartment. Subsequent communication with Helen for this article reveals the chalets are owned by different people and thus are furnished and managed in different ways.