Room with a view to savour
THE first thing you notice when you enter Seawatch B& B is the view and it is that outlook which made Bill and Winsome van Ommen decide on their first viewing that this 1950s house was just the right fit.
From the front window the property has sweeping views of Burnie’s West Park precinct and a great expanse of Bass Strait where whales and dolphins play.
From the single guest room, the visitor can also see Table Cape and a hint of the multitude of natural attractions this part of Tasmania offers. “The view is what got us in,” Winsome said.
The couple have lived in the house for four years after moving into town from the rural hinterland behind Burnie where they operated Hideaway Cottage Retreat.
“We had no intention to run a guest business again when we came here but here we are,” Winsome said.
“Our country place had lots of trees and the land got a bit much for us.
“The week we decided it might be time to move on this place came on the market and that was it.”
The B& B has just one guest room – formerly the property’s master bedroom – and in summer it is usually occupied.
In the winter months, things slow a little and the van Ommens only have guests a few times a week – mostly business people on overnight stays in the NorthWest. “That is just about right for us.”
Built in 1952, the property has been extensively renovated.
“We remember when it was just a box,” Winsome said. “But as they say ‘ location is everything’.”
The guest room has a separate entrance and its own deck on which to enjoy the sea views.
The sundeck off the guest room is perched 50m above sea level within sight of the Maker’s Workshop.
Visitors can walk from Seawatch B& B to Burnie Park and the CBD but thanks to the elevation, those relaxing on the sundeck would be excused for thinking they were miles out of town.
The one- bedroom self- contained apartment has an ensuite bathroom, remote- controlled awning and off- street parking.