The Owners

Your hosts, Russell & Irene. If you want to visit Cradle Mountain and don’t know where to stay; relax here.

Originally from Brisbane, Russell and Irene came to Tasmania for a two-week holiday. Like most mainlanders (what Tasmanians call people from mainland Australia), by the end of their holiday they had fallen in love with Tassie and made a decision to move here. Deciding on where to stay, they chose Cradle Mountain for its stunning beauty and endless activities. Two months later they were the proud owners of Glencoe and began the task of bringing the country farmhouse back to her former glory.

meet the owners - russell and irene

How It All Began

Glencoe Country B&B was born

Russell and Irene purchased Glencoe in December 2016 and decided to do a fair bit of maintenance before reopening. The main changes can be found in the surrounding garden areas, as well as in the name change to Glencoe Country B&B.

Initially, they were only going to have a few farm animals (like one to two), but the herd has grown significantly since then. They found the Highland cattle to be very gentle beasts – happy to interact and accept being hand-fed.

Irene enjoys restoring Glencoe’s gardens to their former glory, and making sure the veggie garden is able to provide that genuine paddock to plate experience at your breakfast table. Irene is guilty of spoiling all the animals at Glencoe, where you will see her ducks, chickens (and cat) roam free around the gardens and grounds.

Glencoe Country Bed & Breakfast

An intimate, comfortable guest house

Russell and Irene strive to give you that “home away from home” by inviting you to share their intimate farmhouse accommodation at the foot of Mount Roland. Nothing is too much effort for them and they take pride in offering their guests all the creature comforts that make for an unforgettable stay.

The Background Story

A shared medical history

Russ started out as a qualified butcher and has worked in kitchens of various 5-star hotels in Queensland.

For the past 20 years, both Russell and Irene have worked in health care. Russell worked with the Queensland Ambulance Service as an Advanced Care Paramedic. Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Russ obtained a position with the Tasmanian Ambulance Service and works while looking after Glencoe.

When they met in Brisbane many, many years ago, Irene was working as an Admin Officer at Safeway/Woolworths. Now a Registered Nurse, she spent most of her career at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital in the ICU department.

She still works as an on-call RN for Medibank Private, which she is able to do from home.

Paddock To Plate

We love to serve you good food

Both Russ and Irene love good quality food and are sourcing great Tasmania produce to serve. They love the concept of paddock to plate and if it doesn’t come from their own garden or animals, they will source local produce.

Glencoe is their first Bed & Breakfast, and when they travelled throughout Australia and internationally, they always tried to accommodate themselves in B&B’s for that friendly, down to earth experience.

Therefore, when you stay at Glencoe, they want to ensure you have a comfortable, relaxing stay with great food.

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Please note that in order for us to hold your booking, we need the following credit card details:

  • Credit Card Number
  • Name on Credit Card
  • Credit Card expiry date
  • Check in: after 2.00pm – if arriving “really late” please advise us!
  • Check out: 10.00am

Please drive carefully when you are on the property, as there are numerous free roaming animals on the grounds, e.g. cat, dogs, ducks, chickens… thanks!

  • A minimum of 5 days notice, prior to your arrival date, is required for cancellation or changes to your booking and in the case of cancellation your deposit will be fully refunded.
  • If less than 5 days notice is given then deposit may not be refundable. If less than than 48 hrs notice is given then deposit will not refunded and full price will be charged.
  • Last minute bookings made within 48 hrs of arrival are not refundable.

“It feels like our own home”

Genuine remarks from our Visitors Book

To stay with family members in such a beautiful house is a kind of happiness. It feels like our own home.
28 January 2019, Wang Lui, Shanghai

3 November 2018
We absolutely loved this place, the nature, surroundings, animals, lovely breakfast and hospitality. Thank you!
3 February 2019, Fleur & Dean, Melbourne & the Netherlands