The sleepy city of Hobart boasts some of the most pristine bays in the country, standout eateries, access to vineyards and (of course) Mona. It’s also home to some seriously creative folk. We’ve done the hard work for you and found the places to bed down next time you’re in town.

Bespoke Beach House, Dodges Ferry

Sleeps 2 / from $180 a night, three-night minimum Bespoke Beach House, Dodges Ferry A tranquil spot made for unplugging – you won’t find a wi-fi password at this beach house. Situated in a beachside town just half an hour’s drive from Hobart, the house is a stroll to Park Beach for a surf (board provided), or a dip in the calmer Red Ochre Beach, also just a five-minute walk away. This house was hand-built and has rustic features like a stone sink, timber cladding and sandstone indoor walls. The interiors are warm and welcoming, with a slightly retro feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows are a great vantage point for birdwatching in the native garden. Plus there’s an expansive deck, firepit and table tennis set-up.

Captains Cottage, Hobart

Sleeps 2 / from $274.50 a night, two-night minimum Captains Cottage, Hobart This heritage-listed cottage was first built for a ship captain in the mid-1800s. Now it’s a romantic inner-city getaway, walking distance to some of Hobart’s best eats. Warm timber, natural textures and colonial furnishings are intended to take you back in time. A claw-foot bath peeks out at a curated courtyard through French doors, and the loft bedroom is quaint and cosy. There are ample heat sources for the winter months and the pantry is stocked with local produce.

Summer’s End, North Hobart

Sleeps 2 / from $290 a night Summer’s End, North Hobart An eclectic mid-century studio that would make Wes Anderson proud. This flat is fun, down to every detail of the nostalgic interior. There’s vintage floral wallpaper, bold tiling, retro furnishing and a bright yellow bath. The kitchen stocks all your cooking and coffee essentials, plus Leif products in the bathroom that make the stay feel a little more luxe. You can wander down Elizabeth Street for your coffee and wine fix, or follow the road out to Mona for a daytrip. There’s a “stay and shoot” package available for commercial photography, too.

South Arm Beach House, South Arm Beach

Sleeps 6 / from $299 a night, two-night minimum South Arm Beach House, South Arm Beach Sun-filled, airy and spacious, this beachfront property is ideal for groups up to six. Step out the front door into the calm, crystal-clear water of South Arm Beach and dry off on the sprawling deck, complete with an outdoor firepit. Located out of the city, this is a true seaside retreat. Think minimal interiors with a neutral colour palette and an open-plan living space flooded with light. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and three master bedrooms, one of which is a private bungalow. Board games, beach chairs, extra towels and books should keep your crowd entertained. It’s also worth checking out the sheltered Opossum Bay nearby.

The Barn, Hobart

Sleeps 2 / from $300 a night This award-winning barn conversion in Hobart’s CBD – close to Battery Point and Salamanca – is another of Tasmania’s most popular places to stay. From outside it looks much like it would have when it was built in the 1820s, but inside it’s a modern home with sleek lines and materials that complement the exposed sandstone. There’s a small kitchenette and a workspace upstairs near the only bedroom, plus a fireplace and elevated views of the city from the small courtyard.

Casa de Flex, near Hobart

Sleeps 4 / from $400 a night / two-night minimum This two-bedroom weatherboard house is 30 minutes from the CBD and exactly what you’d expect a home designed by multihyphenate creative and media personality Flex Mami to be like: playful, Instagrammable, artistic, unique and full of character. Every room is a burst of pastel colours, from the sky-blue bedroom and coral dining area to the mint-green sitting room – all complemented by delightful homewares, sculptural furniture shapes and even more colourful art.

Slow Beam, Hobart

Sleeps 2 / from $550 a night Despite being in the capital and just a short-drive from the Salamanca waterfront, this two-storey house feels like a world away thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that face the bush and let nature in. Plush, colourful furnishings and a statement carpet in the living area contrast with the moody grey aesthetic. The bathtub is surrounded by ’70s-esque orange tiles and there’s a king bed with treeline views. The well-stocked kitchen comes with complimentary bottled cocktails, and there’s a fireplace for maximum cosy vibes.

Provider House, Lenah Valley

Sleeps 6 / from $595 a night / two-night minimum This Japanese-inspired home between Hobart CBD and Mona is the work of Tara Bennett (the owner of Sydney’s Provider Store) and Sydney-based architecture studio Trias. The three-level space with a reading room and a fully equipped kitchen is filled with antique and modern furniture. And we have to mention the ryokan-inspired wooden bathtub, crafted from Australian western cedar.

The Long House, Cygnet

Sleeps 6 / from $700 a night, two-night minimum The Long House, Cygnet Designed by local architect Nathan Crump, this Japanese-inspired dwelling overlooks rolling countryside and the moody Port Cygnet bay. It’s polished and stark with slatted timber cladding, sleek tiling and clean lines. Don’t worry about getting cold – there’s a stacked brick fireplace in the living room, another on the deck and a third firepit away from the house. There’s space for six guests in the three self-contained bedrooms, each with an ensuite that can be heated underfoot. Plus blackout blinds for sweet dreaming, a bath with a view, a Nespresso machine and a stocked pantry. The surrounding Huon Valley region is known for its vineyards, so make sure you leave time for a daytrip.

Bruny Shearer Quarters, North Bruny

Sleeps 4 / from $1060 a night, two-night minimum Bruny Shearer Quarters, North Bruny Named the Australian House of the Year in 2012, this property is situated on acclaimed architect John Wardle’s 540-hectare sheep farm, overlooking remote Storm Bay. Sustainability is at the heart of this cliff-top spot, with timber from recycled apple boxes, original 20th-century bricks and a circular rainwater system. The uncomplicated, angular design lets the rugged ocean-front view speak for itself. Make the most of access to three private beaches and walking trails, like Kelly’s Whaling Station at the property’s north and One Tree Point to the south. There are two bedrooms and a bunk room, fireplace, barbeque, beach essentials and outdoor hot tub for stargazing. You can arrange for local chef Luke Burgess to cook you a long lunch, tailoring the menu to seasonal ingredients and cooking over embers.

Additional reporting by Chynna Santos.

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