Mystical vibe at rainforest retreat
EAGLEHAWK Rainforest Retreat is a property unlike most others. It was originally owned by a small alternative community in the 1990s.
Many of them were involved in hand- building the house and the separate studio spaces scattered across the property.
The original owners chose the land because they believed it was where ley lines converged, and as such was considered a place of spiritual and mystical energy.
The secluded Eaglehawk Rainforest Retreat is located on the edge of picturesque Pirates Bay.
It features two octagonal spaces, both hand- crafted from recycled timbers and clad in western red cedar.
The main house features floor- to- ceiling windows extending the entire width of the house, hardwood Tasmanian oak floorboards, a vaulted timber ceiling and a wood- burning combustion fire place.
Positioned 60m from the main house, a second mini- yurt is privately located among native eucalypt trees.
This smaller and private space is selfcontained with large windows, timber flooring, a heater, bathroom and kitchen.
The property is owned and operated by Jon Frank and his partner Marieka Jacobs.
Marieka said it was fairly basic when Jon bought it about a decade ago.
She said the main house was without flooring and the kitchen consisted of a simple camping burner and no cupboards.
“In addition to this, the three small studio spaces scattered across the 1.6ha property were in ruins, two of which remain that way to this day,” she said.
Regardless of the property’s dishevelled state, Jon instantly fell in love with the feel of the hand- crafted house, and the land itself.
“His first few years were spent sleeping on a mattress on the bare floor while he lovingly restored the main house into a liveable state,’’ Marieka said.
“Liveable, at that point, meant refurbishing the kitchen area with cupboards, fittings and a stove, laying Tasmania Oak floorboards and creating an entirely new bathroom – no small feat in an octagonal space that doggedly defies the right angles necessary to build walls.’’
Jon and Marieka met a few years ago, which precipitated a new phase for the house – a new master bedroom, new furniture, lots of soft furnishings and, in general, “a woman’s touch’’.
The pair have plans to continue to improve the house, through structural and interior changes.
Jon and Marieka are both originally from NSW.
Jon moved to Tasmania about a decade ago after reading it was the only state in Australia with a declining population.
Eaglehawk Rainforest Retreat is Marieka and Jon’s first foray into the holiday accommodation business.
“Jon lived in the house for six years. The shift from residential rentals to holiday rentals required us to build an entirely new master bedroom, purchase furniture ( much of which was done through vintage and second- hand shops) and buy the copious amount of linen necessary for accommodating large group holiday bookings,’’ Marieka said.
Marieka said her favourite thing about this unique property was the land and the forest.
“There’s just an amazing energy about the property,’’ she said.
“We reckon the hippies may have been right about the ley lines.’’