Tran­quil tea­house

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - Jar­rad Be­van

TUCKED away at the end of a coun­try lane is the beau­ti­ful, quirky Thelma Re­treat. Kevin and Beryl Miller have lived on the Raminea prop­erty, 6km south of sea­side Dover, for decades, bring­ing up a fam­ily of seven chil­dren. It is named af­ter Kevin’s mother Thelma. “She was a sweet, lovely lady,” Beryl said. “Af­ter her hus­band passed we came to live on the prop­erty with her and I think she would love the way we have de­vel­oped it, fi rst with the ac­com­mo­da­tion and then the tea house.

“We like to share what we have here. It is a joy to have peo­ple come visit when on hol­i­day from all over the world.”

The Millers con­verted part of the large home into a self- con­tained apart­ment for those who wish to ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle slice of coun­try liv­ing.

“The re­treat is a place of peace and quiet and those who stay there al­ways feel re­freshed,” Beryl said.

Beryl hasn’t al­ways had a green thumb, but she said over the past few years she has loved spend­ing time in their ex­pan­sive gar­dens. She has a large, ever- ex­pand­ing gar­den of fragrant roses, a fl ower gar­den, shrubs and trees, laven­der and lilies.

The fam­ily’s whole­food tea­house serves home­made, healthy food such as or­ganic teas and cof­fee, fresh fruit and veg­etable juices and breads, pies and bak­ery items made from or­ganic grain they grind in a stone grinder.

“Kevin bought the grinder in the late ’ 70s when we were hop­ing to start a big fam­ily,” Beryl said.

“We have reared our chil­dren on home­made bread and it is lovely peo­ple are look­ing for healthy food th­ese days.

“There is some meat on our menu but it’s mostly veg­e­tar­ian.

“Thelma would be ex­cited to see we serve date scones made with her recipe. Peo­ple al­ways joke that they need to get a copy of the recipe be­fore they leave.”

In De­cem­ber, Thelma Re­treat will host its fi rst open day, fea­tur­ing mu­sic by noted harpist Christina Breen, who lives in the Huon Val­ley. Book­ings for the event quickly sold out. “This is our fi rst mu­si­cal per­for­mance and lun­cheon and we will defi nitely be do­ing more in the fu­ture,” Beryl said.

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