THE landmark luxury hotel Woodbridge on the Derwent is planning to be open for business by Christmas. The New Norfolk hotel’s operations were suspended in August 2009 when owners Laurelle and John Grimley rushed to Perth to care for their son Nils following a severe car accident.
Built in 1825, heritage-listed Woodbridge was the winner of the 2005 Tasmanian and 2006 Australian Renovation of the Year Awards after being restored from run-down flats to the grand mansion of its earlier days. In 2008 it became Tasmania’s only member of the prestigious international group, Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Prior to the suspension of business, it had built up an enviable reputation for elegance, quality and service, and the owners intend to continue, and to build on this reputation.
An experienced management team will provide the personalised service and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of the Woodbridge experience. Laurelle and John will oversee the business, which is part of their long-term vision to open up the riches of the Derwent Valley for visitors and travellers, a vision in which they hope their son will still play a part.
The Derwent Valley is an emerging food and wine region, with businesses such as the Agrarian Kitchen, Two-metre Tall Brewery, local wineries and the nearby Nant Distillery providing world-class produce and experiences. With the imminent re-opening of Woodbridge, visitors will once again have world class luxury accommodation to match.