Almost 3 hours drive from Hobart and 2 from Strahan located on Lake St Clair in central Tasmania not far from Derwent Bridge. This place was as you can guess a former Pumphouse which used to Pump water to produce electricity. It took not less than 18 years before obtaining the approval to turn this very special place into a hotel. Pumphouse is one of the most « atypical » place to stay I have seen for years. First because of its location on the lake Clair and secondly because that is quite a bet to dare to build rooms in such a building.
Check in at the reception in a small heritage woody house which used to be where the Pumphouse GM was living. Then, if your room (there are 6 of them) is located in the shore house, you will have a view on to the lake, snowy mountains and the Pumphouse itself.If your room is located in the Pumphouse (12 of them), you will be driven by a little buggy as the building is located on the far end of a long cement pier built on the lake.
2 pretty and cosy lounge areas to rest and contemplate the scenery with a glass of wine but don’t call the waiter as there isn’t any. You just help yourself, you write what you had on a board and you pay when you Check out. That’s the honesty concept of the place.Grey « ardoise » like the lake and Brown like the trees around the property, these are the 2 predominant color of the hotel, but you will also find sofas and comfortable chairs with pastel color. If you feel a bit to cold, there is always a nice Tasman wool rug not far to keep you warm in addition to the fire place.
Rooms are all different but same atmosphere: clean, pretty spacious, well appointed and minimalist. Large « minibar » with drinks and food. Nice views and very bright thanks to the big windows. Mountain bikes are free of charge if you want to go for a ride. Reception closes at 6 pm but you will always arrive on time as we don’t recommend at all to drive at dust time in this part of Tasmania because of the Wildlife. Pumphouse doesn’t serve lunch but we can easily prepare a pic nic for you or if you drive to Derwent Bridge you Will find a place for lunch. The dinner is a pre set menu with Tasmanian products only and the dinning room is located in the shore house. If you are a slow traveler, you will definitely appreciate a 2 night stay, if not 1 is better than nothing but you might leave the Pumphouse with a taste of « I wish I could stay a bit longer »