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Protecting part of Hobert’s history

The historic Ashley is located at 289 Davey Street in South Hobart. Photo: Included.


Ashley’s visit to South Hobart’s mansion is thrilling.

It’s not just a look back at Hobert’s history, but it’s great, but this stately mansion gives you a glimpse into another world where heritage elegance meets modern sophistication.

It’s an unforgettable experience.

For real estate owners, the last five years have been devoted to carefully upgrading his home, built in 1887, in every way.

He leaves no stones, not details that need attention. And the result is exquisite.

Ashley has four new bathrooms with new wiring, plumbing, a new gas fireplace, and tapware supplied from the United Kingdom … but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

From the stunning gardens to the ballroom to the full-length master suite on the top floor, Ashley has a lot to discover.



Gorgeous living in the former banquet hall.


Property director Kim Morgan’s Peterswald described Ashley as “amazing” and one of Hobert’s most prestigious homes.

“There are certainly Tasmanian buyers in such a house who are very interested in seeing it,” he said.

“In many cases, especially at this time, it’s not surprising to see important interstate interest, if not international research.”

Designed in Victorian Italian style by renowned colonial architect Henry Hunter, Ashley incorporates many of the features that are synonymous with style. It features intricate iron lacework, corbels, decorative window perimeters, a slate roof, 14-foot high ceilings, and a large veranda with ornate ceilings. Roses, tall French doors, beautiful fireplace.

Once inside the house, you’ll find two magnificent and formal rooms with characteristic hunter bi-fold doors that divide the original ballroom space.


Great cooking space.



An elegant fireplace bookmarks the end of each room. They are similar to fireplaces, but they are actually gases, igniting at the push of a button and filling the room with atmosphere and warmth.

The decadent antique baccarat and Waterford crystal chandeliers refract the light around the space.

On the other side of the hall is a balanced room, which is now configured as a double bedroom. It can be used as a home office.

The corridor extends through an arched door leading to a dining room with a statement box bay window surrounded by black Japanese floors, a gas fireplace and a view of a flower cliff overlooking the courtyard.

The spacious galley-style kitchen is thoroughly bespoke and is located at the end of the corridor, where practicality and majestic charm combine.

Classic hand-painted fittings include many storage drawers and glass cabinets for displays.

How to make an entrance.



Marble is generously used, including bench tops and splashbacks.

The kitchen has a twin Corian sink with a separate tap arrangement, an AEG gas stove and range hood, a Fisher and Pekel wall oven, and a separate dual microwave / convection oven. The AEG integrated dishwasher, Liebherr 2-door fridge, two Fisher and Paykel underbench fridge drawers, and the Sub Zero wine fridge enhance the quality of this culinary space.

The kitchen incorporates a strategically hidden butler’s pantry with additional bench space and storage space.

Illuminated by the skylights of the central atrium, the kitchen area flows in one direction to the courtyard, laundry and garage, and in the other direction to the summer entertainment terrace down into the garden.

The magnificent staircase is a central feature of the reception hall with wood balustrades and filigree panels.

The Deep Pile Till Carpet makes a statement that it will pass through the stained glass windows and lead to the landing and upper floors. There are 2 spacious double bedrooms with a fireplace and a marble bathroom with perine and row tapwear.


The luxurious master bedroom connects to a separate dressing room and a fully equipped bathroom with double basin, separate bath and separate shower.

The landing on the second floor skillfully hides the storage space and faces the veranda. From the veranda, you can overlook the hills from the cityscape to the river in the distance.

Ashley is set behind the original Huon pine fence at the location of the dress circle.

Personally located on more than half an acre (2135 square meters) of grounds, it has a mix of trees and beautiful English style.

In the center of the garden is a coniferous arboretum, tiered beds, hedges, topiaries and a well-kept croquet lawn adjacent to two garden pavilions. One is set up as a gym and the other is set up as a potted hut.

Vehicles enter the property via an electric gate. At the electric gate, the driveway leads to an impressive front door.

Right of way from Adelaide Street provides a second access to the garage space. The garage space can be configured to provide a self-contained apartment or office, if desired.

Davey Street No. 289 in South Hobart is listed on Peterswald as a property and will be sold with a statement of interest ending October 14.

Protecting part of Hobert’s history

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