We arrived in Tasmania in 2008 for a short holiday and were both instantly drawn to the quaint, unique and magical location of Stanley. We sincerely hope you also discover this lovely town and have some time to experience all its charm and wonders.


Great views and a magnificent location compelled us to purchase and renovate the property now known as Noah’s – this being the 9th complete property renovation for us (and likely our last!).


Its bones were tired, and in many places broken, but it has been resurrected to take on a new lease of life. Virtually a new construction, it easily sits in a neighbourhood of heritage cottages and quaint stores. Structural deficiencies meant the original home had problems with all but a couple of walls. In a period of one year of painstaking reconstruction, the house was re-designed and updated to conserve the period features, while creating a modern home in terms of comfort and facilities.

When we bought the house in early 2015 it had been a rental property for many years. Its original history was that of a workers’ cottage from 1899 originally known as Wistaria Cottage and, at some point, the family home of the local publican.


While we did remove the original old hardwood floorboards throughout, they now take pride of place on our new front verandah! Loving local timber as we do, myrtle floorboards are now in the hallway, the King suites and the lounge/dining area, and lovely pressed-metal ceilings are a great old-world feature. There were many materials renewed however; external and internal walls were insulated, windows and doors were replaced, and the entire house was re-wired, re-plastered and re-plumbed for the new ensuites.