Frenchman's River - The Helmsman's House


130 Winns Road, Cygnet
  • 1-4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms

Cosy, food-lovers luxury perfectly placed above Cygnet Bay

Property reviewed by Stephanie Little on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Located only 40 minutes from Hobart and just 1.2 kilometres from Cygnet village, The Helmsman’s House is a spacious and luxurious Federation cottage that's perfect for one or two couples. Offering stunning views of Cygnet Bay, and with 200 acres of farm, pasture and forest to explore, this is the perfect escape for those looking for a serene setting. Your neighbours may include wedge-tailed eagles, parrots and cockatoos, and a peaceful herd of lowline Angus. As the twilight settles, you might be lucky enough to spot a glimpse of pademelons, quolls, wallabies, potoroos and even Tasmanian devils. In winter, guests can enjoy the Southern Lights (Southern Auroras) overhead.

This gorgeous property boasts luxury and comfort indoors. From the Cheminee Philippe double-sided wood fire to the under-floor heating in the generous bathrooms (with walk-in shower), you’ll feel snug and warm in any season. In warmer weather, the huge limestone-flagged terrace and gazebo is the perfect spot for al fresco dining.

Food lovers will be utterly spoilt by the cook’s kitchen and appliances – the rare 1917 ‘rotating’ bush pantry is brimming with local produce including fresh bread, Nespresso coffee, milk and free range bacon and eggs, plus Tasmanian cheese, yoghurt, jams and honey, and there are fresh herbs ready to pick from the garden. Want to top up your supplies or pick up a bottle of something special? Why not hop in the car and explore the foodie region on your doorstep. After a busy day sampling the local delicacies, snuggle up in front of the fire as the moon rises over your own perfect vista.

The Helmsman’s House offers romance, luxury and serenity with views that you’ll never forget.


  • Heating
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Coffee machine
  • Crockery/utensils
  • Breakfast provisions
  • Pantry items
  • TV
  • Cable TV
  • DVD/Blu-ray player
  • Sound system
  • Books
  • Games
  • Fireplace
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries provided
  • Garden
  • Deck
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor dining
  • Laundry facilities
  • Desk
  • Parking
  • Private dining/chef by arrangement

Perfect for...

  • Couples
  • Luxury
  • Unique
  • Nature
  • Food & wine
  • Romantic


Six-minute drive to Mathew Evans’ cooking school at Fat Pig Farm (learn to make cheese or sausages). 10-minute stroll to the cafes and twice-weekly produce market at Cygnet. 15-minute drive to Randall’s Bay, a perfect picnic spot on an inlet of the Huon River. 20-minute drive to Franklin’s Wooden Boat Centre. Take the ferry to Bruny Island from the fishing village of Kettering, a 20-minute drive. 20-minute drive to Grandvewe Sheeps’ Cheesery at Birches Bay.

Minimum night stay

3 nights

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Cancellation policy

All bookings made on Beautiful Accommodation are subject to a cancellation fee of 12.5% (of the total transaction value), in addition to the existing cancellation policy of the property:

Cancellations made within 14 (fourteen) days of booking arrival date incur a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellations made with more than 14 (fourteen) days notice incur an administration charge of 20% of total booking fee. We encourage our customers to purchase travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.

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Cancellations made WITHIN 14 (fourteen) days of the booked arrival date incur a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellations made MORE THAN 14 (fourteen) days from booked arrival date incur an administration charge of 15% of total booking fee. No shows incur 100% of the tariff. We encourage our customers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.

Check-in policy

Check in: 15:00
Check out: 11:00