tanton is a welcoming Georgian farmhouse with many original features and also changes made by generations since it was built in 1817.
As you arrive and enter Stanton Farmhouse you will be using the original sandstone entry steps worn concave by 200 years of footfalls from each and every person who went before. One of those being the bush ranger Martin Cash who entered the residence by trickery and then force. He corralled the family, their guests and servants into the Drawing Room at gun point. No one was hurt in this encounter, in fact he was known as one of the more non-violent Port Arthur escapees and had a reputation for charming the ladies while relieving them of their jewelery. On this day he rode away with valuables, money, alcohol and provisions and retreated to his cave in the Black Hills, just at the back of the property . You will find his autobiography in the Drawing Room in which he documents this encounter.
In later years the Drawing Room was used for local parties which included dancing. Older locals have told us that these were great fun and very late nights, with them walking home only as the chickens were waking up.
During your stay you will use the internal sandstone stair case many times. It is only one of two cantilevered sandstone staircases in Australia and it certainly adds to the red carpet sense of occasion.
While in the entry you will notice a substantial trap door in the floor. You are welcome to investigate if you’re game! Thomas Shone was given a number of convicts to build the house and work the land to civilize (as the Governor wrote in his pardon document) this part of Tasmania and the story goes that it was down in the basement where recalcitrant convicts were placed to encourage better behavior. When you are pioneering and settling a new land justice is roughly dealt.
All fire places are original and most unusually have carved sandstone surrounds. If the weather permits you will enjoy open fires in the dining room, entry and Drawing Room. The pit sawn floor boards and other original timber features are full of character and are complimented by sensitively new and restored timber features.
All the newer timber work has been done by a talented local carpenter, Nathan Stewart, who has had a ten year relationship with the property and this continues just completing the new Tasmanian Oak kitchen.
While the Victorian verandahs interrupt the square flat Georgian facade they do make the residence more livable and add a wonderful addition to the enjoyment of the property. Relaxing on the sandstone ground floor verandah or on the timber first floor level is a lovely way to spend some time. Access to the first floor verandah is through the shared Library tea room.
So grab a local cider, a glass of Pinot Gris or a plunger of coffee and enjoy the view. Book now and come and stay with us.