Ritchies Mill has been home to many enterprises since it was built as a flour mill at the mouth of Cataract Gorge in 1832, and its newest reinvention is as boutique accommodation.
Most recently known as The Mill Providore and Art Gallery, this space, along with site’s hairdressing salon, has become Stillwater’s SEVEN suites.
Stillwater partners – Kim Seagram and Rod Ascui, Bianca and James Welsh, Craig Will and newest member Chris McNally, who led the project – have been planning SEVEN for two years, but building work started in late August 2018.
It has been partially funded through the Heritage Renewal Loans Scheme.
SEVEN is expected to be open by mid-March, Ms Seagram said.
“It’s getting to the exciting phase now,” she said.
The Stillwater team has worked with Cumulus Studio, Anstie Constructions and Tasmanian producers to showcase the historic structure and create high-standard accommodation.
“We wanted the bones of the building to shine through,” Ms Seagram said.
“Each suite will be completely unique. We wanted to keep it local, keep it bespoke and unique so that you can only have this experience staying on the banks of the Tamar.”
The seven suites include king beds with mattresses designed by Brett Torossi, digital televisions with WiFi, Netflix and Spotify, room pantries stocked with Tasmanian products and breakfast at Stillwater.
“We’ll have Waverley Woollen Mill blankets and Lentara Grive has created soaps, body lotion and bath salts for us,” she said.
“Much like we did when we showcased Tasmania on a plate with Stillwater, we’re showcasing how clever our community is.”
“Mad Men-esque” bars, which will be filled with Tasmanian products, have been installed and Simon Ancher has built furniture for the suites.
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