THE FISHERMAN’S WIFE
The Fisherman’s Wife is a lovely cottage in Dover in Southern Tasmania with modern facilities. The old walls of the kitchen show where the cottage has been adapted to changing uses, yet the retro-fitted cupboards house a 90 cm gas range, electric oven and stainless steel appliances. Turn from the turquoise green door fronts to watch the breath taking change of colors as the sun rises across the bay.
The lounge also bears the marks of it’s history, but the modern comfortable furnishings, the wood fire and the views insist you sit to watch the bay shimmer as the agile Terns bomb dive or see the weather march across the water, meters from where you rest.
Stay long enough and you’ll notice the routine of the black swans foraging head down along the foreshore, be lucky enough to see dolphins chase a school of fish out the front.
The wall paper in the bedrooms is original and intact, bearing witness to the shifts and changes over time whilst the beds are modern and comfortable with duckdown feather doonas, thousand thread white linen and a simple setting. The ensuite for the main bedroom is modern with shower, toilet and vanity whilst the second bathroom/laundry speaks more of the ‘old world’ but with a new toilet and vanity and the original deep cast iron bath which is clean but tired.
The Fisherman’s cottage is a unique glimpse into Tasmanian history. The refurbishment is faithful to the simple life led when Dover was a major fishing port. This is not the pre-fabricated repetition of a purpose built holiday accommodation but a continuation of the story of Port Esperance and early Tasmanian life.