Boutique Tasmanian hotel Prospect House reopens following $5m refurb

One of Tasmania’s oldest country house hotels has reopened after new owners, John and Libby Pooley, invested more than $5 million in refurbishing and upgrading the historic property they bought in 2017.

Built in Richmond with convict labour in 1830 for James Kestell Buscombe, Prospect House is a fine example of a Georgian style country house.

When the Pooleys bought Prospect House it had been used as a private home for more than five years and hadn’t undergone a significant renovation since the 1970s.

“We’ve always loved restoring and renovating period properties. Prospect House was an ambitious project, but we’re delighted with what we’ve been able to achieve and are looking forward to sharing it with guests,” said John Pooley.

Prospect House now has 12 guest suites, will accommodate up to 24 guests and, with a minimum staff to guest ratio of around on to two.

The restaurant at Prospect House celebrates the farmers and producers of Tasmania’s South East, with head chef Kurstin Berriman’s menu focusing on seasonal and sustainable local produce, much of it sourced from nearby Coal River Valley.