Room with a view to savour

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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.

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