Marie Bean and David Hearle very much welcome you to Hawthorn Lodge and will ensure you have a memorable stay in this historic house.
Marie Bean grew up and spent most of her life on the beautiful Great Ocean Road area of Victoria. Ten years ago she took off for a sea change to the idyllic Noosa Heads in QLD and it turned into far more than that a move that became a total life changer.
Marie started a small running club in Noosa and called it Lazy Runner after her! Now there are 10 Lazy Runner clubs across Australia. Marie has coached runners from all around the world, at her very famous running boot camps, clubs, online and at workshops.
Marie wrote two very successful bestselling books on running and fitness called Lazy Runner and Lazy Loser and embarked on a two year tour across Australia, the UK, NZ and the USA promoting her books, public speaking and just having a wow of a time running around the world!
She was happily living in Brisbane, coaching and writing her new book ‘Lazy Cook’ when her partner or 10 years David suggested another sea change, this time much further south! On a weekend to Tasmania they toured around the state and ended up in Bushy Park, they saw Hawthorn Lodge and fell immediately in love. The house has an amazing history and is such a grand age, it was hard not to be impressed.
David wanted to restore Hawthorn Lodge back to a B&B and have guests come and enjoy the wonderful home and gardens as well as explore the Derwent Valley, New Norfolk and take in the world renowned Mount Field National Park and Russell Falls.
Marie had her own ideas for Hawthorn Lodge, Tearooms. One of Marie’s other passions is eating, and throughout many trips to the UK her first port of call is to find a lovely tea room that serves traditional cream teas. And by that she means the works, fresh tea brewed in teapots; fine china tea cups; freshly baked scones; home-made jam and of course the wonderful clotted cream. And that is how Lazy Teas began.
Marie still coaches runners, does book talks, motivational speaking, conducts running tours and now she also serves traditional cream teas at Hawthorn Lodge in Bushy Park and loves it.
David Hearle, originally from the UK, settled in Australia in 2001 living in Noosa in Queensland.
Once in Australia David used his passion for travel and writing and started eGuide which has now grown to be one of the largest editorially driven travel guides in the world.
In September 2015 David retired from a full time role as a Director of GRM for a “tree – change” and moved to Tasmania with Marie to start Hawthorn Lodge. And restore Hawthorn Lodge to its original grandeur.
David is passionate about travel and now focussing his efforts on researching Tasmania. This he mixes with continuing to work in International Development taking him to all corners of the world.
David is a very keen hiker, runner, skier and into gentle cycling and will be able to provide much local advice and much more on what to see and do in both Tasmania and Australia.
David very much welcomes you to the beautiful Derwent Valley and Hawthorn Lodge.