On entering the property, Glen Derwent Heritage Retreat can be seen beyond the ancient trees that line the driveway. The place is steeped in so much history, that there isn’t enough room on this page to go into it. However, the website has a well-articulated timeline that begins in 1807. If you want to stay overnight, there are cottages and rooms available, including the repurposed stable. The Glen Derwent Tea Rooms are located in a few rooms in a corner of the main house, including a glorious glass conservatory. In summer, you can dine on the verandas and lawns overlooking the croquet lawn, and when the weather cools down, the fire in the conservatory is lit or you can snuggle in the drawing or dining room. The three small fresh-from-the-oven scones are slightly crispy and still warm. My only gripe is that they are so small! The raspberry/black current jam from Derwent Valley berries is rich and fruity and a delicious accompaniment to the thickly whipped cream. Glen Derwent Tea Rooms are available for high teas, lunches and group functions.
Tea: A few kinds of loose-leaf teas and some tea bag varieties served in a good-sized teapot.
Overall: A tea room embedded in a property rich with colonial history.
Location: Ph: 0427 480 057 glenderwent.com
Reviewed September 2019