This stylish Launceston hotel has just seven rooms

Launceston restaurant Stillwater has opened a boutique hotel upstairs, and it's all northern Tasmanian charm and river views.
Stillwater Seven hotel, Launceston

Stillwater Seven hotel, Launceston

Anjie Blair

When Kim Seagram opened Stillwater, her destination restaurant in Launceston’s colonial-era flour mill, she set out to “capture northern Tasmania on a plate”. Nearly 20 years later, the Canadian-born Launceston entrepreneur has extended the same brief for travellers, carving out space in the mill for a boutique hotel full of northern Tasmanian character.

Details at Stillwater Seven

(Photo: Anjie Blair)

Like the restaurant downstairs, the seven rooms of Stillwater Seven are a showcase of local talent: design by Cumulus Studio, beds by Hobart-based AH Beard, woollen throws by Waverley Mills, bathroom products by Lentara Grove, and walls hung with works by local artists. The showpiece curved bar-pantry in each room is made by local artisan Simon Ancher from Tasmanian blackwood, and filled with produce from a rollcall of star regional producers: Coal River Farm cheeses, Tasmanian Butter Co butter, sourdough bread and pre-mixed cocktails by Stillwater, Hazelbrae hazelnuts, and small-batch Tamar Valley wines.

Stillwater’s breakfast Bloody Mary made with Hartshorn Sheep Whey Vodka, and a green bowl of roasted cauliflower, almond cream, quinoa, kale and poached eggs.

(Photo: Annie Blair)

River views and massive old beams dominate rooms, with “pinot pink” or sage-green mosaic-tiled bathrooms and clever use of rough, blackened timber, a nod to the fire that destroyed the mill’s roof in 1942.

The focus downstairs in the chic-rustic dining room of Stillwater remains resolutely seasonal and local, the likes of Moulting Bay oysters and Mount Gnomon pork for dinner, and a breakfast Reuben made with local wagyu and sauerkraut.

Stillwater Seven, 2 Bridge Rd, Launceston, Tas, (03) 6331 4153,

River view from a guestroom

(Photo: Annie Blair)

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