It was an age of elegance at Entally in the late 18th century.
The estate was a world of its own with a conservatory, chapel, coach house, stables and established gardens.
Fine silver adorned regency furniture, with mahogany darker than the secrets it held. The house was full of intrigue, political ambition and scandal with Thomas Reibey at its centre - quite literally now, in that of a handsome interior statue. The house was built in 1819 for Thomas Reibey II by 100 convicts. Thomas was the son of Mary Reibey, the woman adorning the $20 note.
Thomas used it as a hideaway when sordid rumours spread about lascivious acts, and a stage to launch a powerful political career to help clean up his profile. To his great credit, Thomas also used the property to farm food and send to Sydney, which helped feed the masses entering Australia.
At present, Entally’s sister property is still feeding and accommodating foreigners. The newly renovated Entally Lodge has a restaurant, bar, and 20 rooms of accommodation.
This 200-Year-old Heritage House is located in Tasmania's north at Hadspen, just a 15-minute drive from Launceston. It's worth a visit for a drop of Entally wines, straight from the vineyard out front.