Beyond its notable architecture, the team behind Pumphouse Point have worked hard to deliver an incredible experience, from the high standard of service to concepts that add to the uniqueness of the retreat’s offering, such as the nightly ‘Shared Table’ communal dinner. With the retreat’s remote location posing difficulties for an a la carte offering, the solution was to arrange the food to be brought up from Hobart, prepared as a fixed menu that can be paired with wines purchased at bottle shop prices. The experience of the guests convening over the shared dinner is one of Currant’s favourite features. “The best joy I get from Pumphouse is that every night in the dining room, people come together and there’s a bit of awkwardness ‘I don’t know these people’ but you get a buzz going in here and there are amazing interactions between people, the type you just don’t get at a table for two” he says.
As for activities, while Lake St. Clair offers incredible walks the retreat also provides boats and bikes for complimentary use. Fisherman will find plenty to occupy their time, while those of us who prefer to spend less time out in the elements have a roaring fire, welcoming couches and an honesty bar to keep cosy with a book or board game. Should you get peckish, the rooms each host a larder stocked with delicious local fare and hot bread is delivered as a free accompaniment on call. It’s these small touches, the thoughtfulness of each element of the experience that make Pumphouse Point memorable – beyond its world-class location and notable architecture, it’s an extremely well-executed hospitality concept.
The fact it exists at all is a privilege not lost on Currant, who reminds us that the pump was never used upon its initial opening, and the pumphouse itself features a number of elements perhaps more suited for a high-end accommodation concept than a working pump. “Why would anyone build a place that houses pumps and have bay windows on it, why would a view be needed?” he wonders aloud. Whether through intuition or irony, the result of years unused and years in limbo is a one of a kind experience, sure to cast the same spell on new guests as it did for Currant in years to come.
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