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Afternoon tea at Summerhome

A unique and enlightening historical experience

Our philosophy is to provide a very special experience.

The inhabitants of Summerhome have always been sociable; for nearly 160 years we have been welcoming family and friends, especially for Sunday afternoon tea.

It is elegant and refined but at the same time relaxing and inviting. We bake rock cakes just as our Grandmother did and butter wafer thin slices of brown bread as our Great Aunt taught us.

The highly polished tables are spread with white linen and lace cloths and the silver is polished to perfection. The fine china which has to be carefully washed by hand is taken from the cupboard and a delicious spread of cream spongecakes, rich fruit cake, cinnamon tea cake, sandwiches and biscuits are laid out.

The simple pleasure of taking tea together in familiar surroundings is truly delightful and we are happy to share this occasion with you.


Margaret Hansen

c/o 42 Pine Rise Road
Highcroft, Tasmania 7183

Phone +61 03 6250 2270 or +61 03 6272 1386
mobile 0409 502 270

Step back in time at Summerhome where a 19th century home and garden will greet you. The estate has been in the same family for nearly 160 years.

The garden includes a rare collection of heritage plants lovingly tended by the owners for generations.

  • explore Summerhome’s amazing 4 acres of garden

  • fauna friendly, registered as a nature shelter

  • Tasmanian native birds singing in the garden

  • organic management - exuberant lush beauty

  • mature 160 year old trees

  • friendly welcoming atmosphere

  • guided tour through the house

  • gracious elegant setting

  • relax in the drawingroom as Margaret pours freshly brewed tea or coffee

  • enjoy home baked treats using recipes which date back to 1860

  • examine family documents, genealogy and photos from the family archives

  • hear family histories passed down through generations

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Please note that we respect your privacy and will not reveal your information to any third party.

Tours available for small groups by arrangement

  • educational, experience fascinating history,

  • exclusive escorted tour

Your guide Margaret Hansen has an extensive knowledge of Hobart and Tasmania and has been studying early Colonial history and culture all her life.

We cater for special diets including gluten free and lactose intolerance. Refreshments are brewed using delicate fragrant teas and freshly ground coffee.