De­sign des­ti­na­tion

At serene shack Cap­tains Rest on Tas­ma­nia’s re­mote west coast, all you have to do is breathe.

Homestyle New Zealand - - CONTENTS - IN­TER­VIEW Alice Lines PH OTO G R A PH Y Sarah An­drews

Cap­tains Rest.

When stylist/de­signer/writer and bona fide ad­ven­turer Sarah An­drews was in her twen­ties, she at­tempted to sail solo around the world. Alas, she didn’t make it; one stormy night in the Pa­cific Ocean, her boat sunk and she had to be res­cued by the Mex­i­can Navy.

Hav­ing spent the best part of a decade liv­ing on the ocean and in far­away lands, when she moved back to Aus­tralia to start ‘real’ life again, she des­per­ately missed the wild, the small com­mu­ni­ties she’d en­coun­tered and the peace she’d found liv­ing close to the wa­ter. So she be­gan to look for a way to repli­cate the life­style she’d lost.

Sarah, how did you come to own this spe­cial spot you call Cap­tains Rest?

Af­ter years of search­ing, I saw it in a magazine, and bought it that day over the phone. I had no idea what I was in for!

What sort of state was it in?

I bought it sight un­seen and it was in way worse con­di­tion than I ex­pected. I thought it’d be a re­store-and-style project, but it was a whole-house re­build from the stumps up and a ma­jor chal­lenge – and not only be­cause it’s an eight-hour round trip to the near­est hard­ware store. There was a lot to do; sev­eral of us worked on it for about six months. But it was worth it.

How did the in­te­rior look un­fold?

The styling was tricky, but now the cot­tage feels as if it’s been this way for­ever. We’re hours from any­where and I have a tiny car, so I found lots of pieces lo­cally, •

re­pur­posed oth­ers and sent my friends to some of my favourite stock­ists. I bought a few of the larger items on­line, and just crossed my fin­gers that they’d work. The end re­sult is hum­ble and true to its sur­round­ings and his­tory; I think it’s worked out re­ally nicely.

Cap­tains Rest is avail­able for vis­i­tors to rent on Airbnb – do you man­age to spend time there your­self?

I’m able to get there a few times a year – and when I do, I never want to leave. Right now, I’m busy work­ing on other peo­ple’s hol­i­day homes, but I won’t rent out Cap­tains Rest for­ever. One day it’ll be just for me and my loved ones.

Do you en­cour­age your guests to use it as a re­treat?

I con­sider it an es­cape, but for lots of my guests, it’s a base from which to ex­plore. I al­ways get asked what to do in the area and I give peo­ple a long list, but I’ve no­ticed that once they get there, they find a way to stop be­ing busy and just be still.

What do you love most about this part of Tas­ma­nia?

The World Her­itage sites on the west coast are amaz­ing. There are a cou­ple of re­mote small towns here that time for­got, and that’s ex­actly how the lo­cals like it. Of course, the rest of the world has got the memo, and now we’re on ev­ery­one’s radar.

Do you dream of re­peat­ing this ren­o­va­tion process?

Ab­so­lutely! I’m just wait­ing for the right slice of par­adise to come across my desk. It’d have to be pretty spe­cial to be in the same league as Cap­tains Rest, though. I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced this magic any­where else. cap­tain­srest.com

CHAP­TER & VERSE Sarah’s skilled styling is key to the cot­tage’s charm; “I like to cre­ate spa­ces that tell sto­ries,” she says. This nook by the bay win­dow is fur­nished with plump tex­tured cush­ions; art­work picked up on her trav­els, on Etsy and at...

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