Phone: (03) 6260 2622
Mobile: 0417 599 801
Fax: (03) 6260 2744
International: +61 3 6260 2622
73 Prossers Road, Richmond 7025
Hatcherís Manor - Gothic Style of house
The style of Hatcher's Manor is Gothic revival which was used a lot in the early 1900ís. Elements of this style were use by Colin and Jeanette when they designed the house; a good example is the Church manse at Devonport with its high pitched roofs, dormer windows. The idea for the engaged tower came from a book of plans from America. The design began with plain straight walls and a plain roof. Colin and Jeanette took sections, pulled some forward, pushed some back, and then added roofs running at different angles. To top it off dormer windows were added to get the desired look.
Construction of Main House
We purchased Woodburn Farm in 1992. Originally Woodburn farm was about 700 acres but had been subdivided over the years until there was only the remaining 100 acres.
Construction of the house began at the end of 1993, the building is about 1000 square meters which is constructed with light weight Hebel blocks These blocks have high thermal and soundproofing properties. The roof is a Monier roof, The tower roof is constructed of copper and steel. Our innovative builder who has done work for us over many years, Tony Petterd, came up with the idea to build the tower roof on the ground then lift it into place using a giant crane. Our team of block layers included some of our children who were in their 20ís Glen, Kim and Kirste and in no time we had all the blocks laid. The main door to the house is a 1920's lead light door still in the original state and came out of a demolished building in Newtown and was purchased from one of the salvage yards in Hobart. As Jeanette finished each room of cornice it was fixed in place as soon as it was strong enough to be handled. The patterned concrete drive way which is like cobble stones was laid by myself and our daughters , We got very good at it after a few weeks , Kim and Kirste really impressed the young blokes when they were out there laying 2 big truck loads of concrete each day . They were pleased to get that part of the job done. At the end of the construction of the house they were experts at plastering, concreting, bathroom tiling etc. A lot of native trees have been planted and now they harbor lots of birds
Making Decorative Cornice and Plaster
It took 23000 kg's of casting plaster to make all the ornate cornices and ceiling roses for Hatcher's , Jeanette was Instrumental in making most of the items , as quick as the plaster was set Colin and his workers fixed the items in place. Some pieces were painted before they were fixed. All the moulds had to be hand made, some from fibreglass and some from silicon rubber. The original items were gathered from antique shops, tip shops, and old buildings being demolished etc. Each item had to be repaired to pristine condition to get perfect copies. It was a task to acquire the knowledge to make rubber and fibreglass moulds.
Holiday and learn how to make Decorative Cornice and Plaster at the same time!
From time to time we offer guests a holiday package to learn how to make decorative cornice and plaster. The package price is $2950 for two people which includes 5 days accommodation in one of our suites, breakfast every morning, lunch every day and dinner at night. The course takes you through selecting the original item you wish to copy, making of moulds from silicone rubber and fibreglass, casting the item ready to be fixed to the ceiling, we also teach how to make moulds for garden pots and ornaments then casting them in look-alike sandstone finish.
The cost of the moulds are about equivalent to purchasing enough cornice for one room in your house and from there after every room its free. If you are renovating an old house and want to replicate the old existing decorative cornices just bring some samples of what you want to copy. Hand made Cornice and plaster is a dying art , the secrets are only in the hands of a few today , we wish to share the secrets before they are lost.
Building New Function Centre
Our version of Killymoon Coach House
Colin and his workers built the Function and Conference centre recently which is 1000 square meters in size, Some years ago Colin and Jeanette visited the property " Killymoon " in the Fingal Valley , Tasmania, they fell in love with the original Coach house built many years ago on at Killymoon. They had their architect design the building from the photos that were taken making sure it fitted into the roof line of the larger section for the kitchen and conference rooms at the rear, Colin and his workers hand made the sand stone lintels, most of the bricks laid and plastering were done by Colin.
We hope you find everything you need to know about Hatcher's Manor, Jeanette and I have been in the tourism industry since the 1970's , We built our first motel , "The Barrier" in Cobar N.S.W. which is still one of the best in the West of N.S.W. We moved to Tasmania in 1982 and purchased Motels in Hobart. We have seen many changes over the years in the industry and as a consequence we decided to take the advise of the Tasmanian Government's Tourism Reports and build a property that would suit the forecasted changes in the hospitality industry in the coming years. We started Hatcher's with a scrap book and it has been ongoing up until this date. Our children have helped us over the years, and now they have all left home to get on with their own lives, so far we have 4 grand children and the promise of more to come. Thank you for looking at our web site and we hope you come and stay with us
Colin and Jeanette Hatcher