It's Ted's Place
Once the Cranbrook Post Office and general store, this quirky weatherboard building was an important part of the thriving Cranbrook community. Later the home of the Castle Family, the cottage has been residence of some of Tasmania’s (iconic) true characters.
Theodore Castle (Ted to the locals) lived the honest life he had learnt from his pioneering family. While most of us upgrade with the latest home comforts, Ted preferred to keep life simple. Cooking on a cast iron stove and heating water in an old copper to bath with, Ted’s house contained the bare essentials and looked more like the film set of “The Sullivans”. However Ted did like some comforts as seen in the shagpile carpet around the seats of his long drop toilets at the back of the yard. He also had a box of tissues rather than newspaper in “the guest’s” toilet.
Ted kept himself busy shooting roo, fishing and trapping possums for the fur market. He never owned a car so was often seen zig zagging down the highway on his old bike with a spud sack on his back, a gun slung over his shoulder and a fishing rod protruding into the oncoming traffic. More of a character you would not meet.
In 2009 Ted sadly passed away. Having never married or had children himself, this was the end of the line for this Castle home. We purchased the Castle family home in 2010 and gave it a new life as our cellar door / sales room. The old cottage now has an inside bathroom but otherwise we’ve tried to be respectful of the building’s integrity and an era of Australian Architecture that is fast disappearing. It is a celebration of a time that isn’t all white and sterile. A time when any paint was a blessing and a tin can offered a multitude of home maintenance solutions, lid to repair mouse hole, the body to make a roof, a wall , a shed. A time when reusing was not trendy but rather the only way of life. This cottage is original, it is honest and true. It is part of our history and without the likes of Ted Castle and his pioneering family, we would not be the resilient, resourceful, rural community that we are.
We have continued in this spirit, the walls remaining a multitude of lost pastels and the tasting table is salvaged from the local Cranbrook bridge that was recently washed away in a flood.
This is a special place that evokes memories and warms the heart. We love it.
Why not come and visit us to see it for yourself?