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Islington Hotel

321 Davey St.
Hobart , Tasmania , Australia http://www.islingtonhotel.com/
61 3 6220-2123

On an island full of pastoral inns, the Islington stands out like a bold Rothko painting in a gallery of Norman Rockwells. The 11-room Regency-era building is filled with art and antiques from the private collection of the husband-and-wife owners, Amy and Nicholas Parkinson-Bates: sketches by Picasso and Australian artist Brett Whiteley, a chaise longue swathed in leopard-print Thai silk, Persian carpets, and lacquered Japanese furniture. Islington’s centerpiece is a glass-enclosed conservatory, where guests can dine while contemplating mist-shrouded Mount Wellington. The innkeepers act more like hosts than managers: they’ll arrange a chauffeured tour of the nearby Cole River Valley vineyards and share a brandy with you in the drawing room when you return.

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