When your home is a castle
AFTER 31 glorious years in the Derwent Valley, Garry Roohan and Pat Kelsall are ready to retire, and with that comes putting their historic riverfront mansion on the market.
For Pat, buying Tynwald more than three decades ago was a dream come true.
“My dream home was to live in a Scottish castle,” she said. “So when I first saw Tynwald’s turret, it made me gasp with excitement. A castle in Tasmania? What could be better than that.
“My husband is Australian, and he was relieved to put aside the idea of living through a Scottish winter!”
At the time Pat and Garry were living in Adelaide.
There are certainly old buildings in South Australia, but few would boast the rich history of the 10-bedroom 1830s home at New Norfolk.
Pat knows the time is right to sell, but is a little wary of the day a “sold” sign is placed at Tynwald’s front gate.
“When that day comes, it will be so emotional for us,” she said. “I will need a huge box of Kleenex when we leave.”
Just a 30-minute drive from Hobart, stately Tynwald has had only five owners in its near 200-year history.
The home has stained-glass windows, functional fireplaces and pressed-metal ceilings.
The mansion is set on 14 hectares of picturesque waterside land on several titles.
The manicured gardens include a lawned pool area and a tennis court, and a veranda wraps around the home.
Within the grounds there is a mill dating back to 1820 — the first in the district — and a 1822 grain store that has been converted into a self-catering cottage.
Tourism news has been running hot in the Derwent Valley of late, including the opening of a deluxe “glamping” resort, growing Mount Field National Park visitor numbers, the instant success of the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store, and the forthcoming Maydena Bike Park, set to open in summer.
Pat said with business picking up in the area, the timing felt right for them to sell.
“It has been a seven-day-per-week job running our 25seat restaurant and our accommodation business, but it does feel like the correct time to sell,” she said.
“However, when the first people came through for an inspection, they were thinking Tynwald would be perfect for a private house rather than a business. Who knows how it will all pan out?”
Tynwald is listed with Ray White Hobart as an “expressions of interest” sale.