Design Hotel of The Week: Pumphouse Point

Located just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Hobart sits Pumphouse Point, a boutique hotel in Tasmania with eighteen unique rooms. The site originally housed a hydro-electric pump house but was given a new life by Cumulus Studio, with the hotel opening its doors in 2015. It offers accommodation options in three different buildings on Lake St. Clair in the Tasmanian wilderness.

The Pumphouse includes guest suites, lounge areas and a bar spread across three levels. It’s a 250-metre walk across the lake to access the building but once you get there the views are to die for. Looking directly on to the lake and surrounding mountains, the rooms are luxurious and maintain a rugged feeling that fits nicely with the natural environment. The Shorehouse sits on the edge of the lake and offers water, bush and panoramic views from its Art Deco style rooms. The Retreat is a new high-end accommodation option for the hotel. Jaws Architects designed the freestanding cabin that’s tucked away out of sight from the other buildings. The timber boards and dark colours used blend in seamlessly with the location. Large picture windows give guests a vantage point to see out to The Pumphouse and the dramatic landscape beyond.

Pumphouse Point encourages interaction between guests throughout their stay. Each building has common areas to gather, including bars that operate on an honesty system. A new extension to the Shorehouse offers even more dining space, where you’ll find shared tables to enjoy a meal with other guests. The hotel works with Coal River Farm to bring fresh seasonal produce to their menus. If you’d prefer privacy, each room is also fitted with a larder containing cured meats, cheese and wine.

The bold, cosy interiors are reason enough to stay inside, but the location of this boutique hotel in Tasmania means that a range of outdoor activities are possible such as mountain biking, bush hiking and rowing. Pumphouse Point is an idyllic way to experience the abundant natural beauty that Lake St. Clair has to offer.

Photography by Adam Gibson.

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