About Newry Homestead
Newry is an historic farming property situated on the edge of Longford in Northern Tasmania.
Newry is wonderfully located being less than 5 minutes’ drive from the nearby historic townships of Longford and Perth, between 10-15 minutes drive to Launceston Airport and Launceston and 2 minutes’ drive to a main road with direct, ready and central access to all parts of Tasmania. It is surrounded by other historic houses and farms.
Newry has an extensive frontage to the South Esk River, a well known fishing and boating attraction, and the Mill Race, the latter created in the early 19th century to run a flour mill and later a hydro electricity plant.
Newry Home and its buildings are historically significant, although precise details of the original construction date and ownership are not yet known. Our understanding is that the original buildings (still standing) comprising the large timber barn, stables and western wing of the house were constructed between about 1815 and 1840. The original part of the house was originally constructed as an Inn, known as “The Jew’s Harp”, en route from Longford (and Perth) to Launceston. The historic stables and barn serviced the Inn.
The original part of the house and the stables are, we understand, convict built.
The barn is understood to have been designed and/or constructed by the same architect/builder responsible for similarly unique barns at local world heritage listed properties, Brickendon and Woolmers.
The house comprises a total of 16 rooms including 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 kitchens.
The house is divided into 2 separate residences. The front portion of the house comprises 2 bedrooms, the main kitchen (and adjoining pantry and wet room), bathroom and living areas (2) – one of which is capacious. The back of the house contains 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, laundry and living area.
The house is surrounded by extensive historic gardens. It has a tennis court (clay), which has been recently renovated and upgraded, and a swimming pool.
Minimum stay 3 nights, maximum stay 3 months.
Price per night is $290 including GST for up to 4 adults.
$25 per person per night thereafter.
Pricing is negotiable for bookings longer than two weeks.
Accommodation sleeps up to 9 people. There are 3 queen beds, a double and a king single. Two extra people (taking the total to 11) can be accommodated on a fold out couch.
The house cannot be booked in sections i.e. one cannot book only the front/back section of the house.
Property’s application and Appeal
Newry will be attractive to families or small groups (including small conferences) who wish to experience a taste of Tasmanian country life and history in a location which enables them to extensively tour Tasmania.
The property has magnificent views over the Longford district towards the Great Western Tiers. Many artists have been, and still are, attracted to this location because of its views and ever changing light and perspective.
The house has a large English garden to be enjoyed as well as a tennis court and pool.
There are beautiful walks on the property along the frontage to the South Esk river and the Mill Race, the farm’s river flats (unless flooded!) and along nearby Pateena Road.
The farm is intermittently used for grazing of cattle owned by a nearby dairy farmer. There are 2 pet sheep, rabbits, possums and abundant birdlife depending on seasons to enjoy.
Despite Newry’s location close to local townships and Launceston, it is a beautiful, private country retreat. From the moment that one enters the driveway to the farm, one encounters the beautiful, private and serene world of a charming Tasmanian country property.