I am a hopeless romantic. Completely. Utterly. Hopeless. I love people, photos, poems, stories, gardens and places that make my heart feel full.
It is probably for this very reason, that when I was scrolling through Instagram almost 12 months ago and came across a photo from Captain’s Rest, a little Airbnb in Strahan, Tasmania, I fell head over heels.
Obviously I’m not the only one who felt the pull, because Captain’s Rest is never not booked. Finally, after months of trying to align my schedule and the stars, I decided to just jump in with both feet and book a trip. If not now, when would I make it happen?
That trip was a few weeks ago, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. We were trying to move house with a 24-hour window of opportunity, work was back in full-swing for me, and I felt frazzled, tired, and stressed. I’d been looking forward to it for so long though, so my sister Chelsey and I packed our bags and off we went.
Once we landed in Launceston, we drove just under 4 hours through fern-fringed winding roads to reach our destination. I was positive that this was one of my crazier ideas, and I just hoped it was a fraction as lovely as I thought it would be.
It was magic. After three days and two nights, I can’t even begin to tell you how invigorated I feel. Motivated, full to over-flowing, heart-burstingly filled-up.
Sarah, the Captain and Innkeeper of the Rest has made a haven in a very special corner of the world. There is a little row boat. A broken jetty. A family of four ducks. A tiny fireplace. An apple tree out front. No phone reception. Total silence.
Sarah’s love for Captain’s Rest is infused into every corner of this little shack, no detail left unthought-of, yet at the same time it’s totally organic and very much a home. It speaks to my hopelessly romantic heart in a way that no place ever has before. Everything, even the rain gusting over intermittently and the virtually constant grey cloud cover, only add to the appeal.
I feel like my words and these photos just don’t do it justice, but if they give you even a sliver of the inspiration or happiness I gained from my visit, my job is done.