The new Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge
Natural by Design | Freycinet Lodge Redevelopment
Work is underway to transform Freycinet Lodge on Tasmania’s East Coast, with an environmentally sensitive and architecturally innovative accommodation offering.
The rejuvenation of the much-loved nature tourism destination is designed to propel the stunning location into the 21st century with a series of contemporary upgrades that are carefully sensitive to environmental sustainability, Aboriginal history and the protection of native flora and fauna.
A Grounded and Natural Offering
Created by a large consultant team led by well-known Tasmanian tourism developer Brett Torossi, including inspirational design by Liminal Architecture and precision construction by builders Cordwell Lane, the development will include the installation of a lift and accessible suite in the main Lodge building, along with six new rooms and nine new accommodation pavilions on the existing site.
Nine Coastal Pavilions have replaced six existing cabins and were designed to nestle into the site. These pavilions opened in mid-March. Guests are treated to an experience that is elegant in its offering, but also grounded and natural. The use of curved glass and natural timbers and finishes enhance the experience. The main construction of each pavilion was done off-site, with the components transported into the national park and each one custom-fitted to the landscape.
Stage two of the construction is currently underway. Six Mountain Terrace rooms are hidden behind the tiered landscape, taking in glimpses of The Hazards mountains. There are four single-bedroom rooms and two family rooms. Each will feature its own deck along with a large, vertical volume of glass at one end, designed to best capture views of The Hazards and surrounding bushland.
Perhaps the most luxurious room happens to be the universally accessible suite – the only room on the site that will enjoy both Hazards and water views. It’s a move that has the potential to completely change the perceptions of what accessibility suites can offer.
Coastal Pavilions opened 15 March and Mountain Terrace rooms opened 17 August. Lodge works will continue until late winter, with our Lodge King room opening in mid-September.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all of the Coastal Pavilions going to have water views?
Some Coastal Pavilions have water views and some have forest views.
With the construction taking place, can I access Honeymoon Bay directly from the Lodge?
Until completion of the enhancement project our private access to Honeymoon Bay has been closed. Our reception team will gladly point out some other access points on a map for you. Maps are available from reception in the main Lodge.
If I have an existing Freycinet Lodge booking will it be affected by the build?
For stays until the end of July, it's likely there will be some level of impact due to the construction activity. There is activity taking at different locations across property but it should be noted that work should only take place during daylight hours. Our intention is that all existing Freycinet Lodge bookings remain, however some adjustments may be required as the project progresses. We recognise the values of the national park and accordingly, the build process will be undertaken as sensitively as possible.
What sort of upgrade will be done to the main Lodge building?
Nine Coastal Pavilions and a soft refurbishment of the Lodge were completed in the first phase of the upgrade. The second phase will include the placement of six Hazards View rooms, an accessible suite within the main Lodge and a guest lift.
What’s the best way to follow the progress of the build?
Works will take part in two parts - Coastal Pavilions as the primary and Hazards View rooms and main Lodge works as the secondary. Coastal Pavilions construction was completed for launch on 15 March. The main works including the relocation of Providore Wineglass, new accessibility room, lift etc. commenced immediately after Easter on 3 April 2018. This should have a limited impact on our guests' experience in the main Lodge but the activity is certainly noticeable. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.
How long is the construction phase going to last?
There will be some form of work going on for approximately 12 months, with works set to be completed by August 2018.
What materials are used in the construction?
The Coastal Pavilions are being constructed from timber. We are utilising Tasmanian timbers where it makes sense to do so, especially when we would like to showcase them in places such as in the bathrooms. The external cladding will be charred timbers so the Coastal Pavilions sit visually comfortably within the surrounding bushland.
What steps have you taken to ensure no damage to the environment?
We have spent a lot of time and energy understanding the site in terms of its ecology. We are taking a very careful approach to both the demolition and construction to minimise impacts. For example, we hare hand-digging the footings for the new Coastal Pavilions to minimise disturbance to the site.
Can I be allocated a cabin away from the construction?
Our Reception team will always work towards minimising noise impact to all guests and will take any opportunity to allocate guests away from the noise being carried out on the particular day. However due to the large demand for accommodation in the area and the spread out nature of the construction sites we are unable to guarantee a cabin away from the construction. Our reception team are always here to help and are happy to assist in any way they can.