The Winged House in Table Cape, Tasmania is as much an art installation as it is an award-winning Airbnb accommodation.
Inspired by the concept of a zinc monoplane wing, the house cantilevers above a cliff, initially appearing as a ‘giant moth or bird poised to take off,’ in the words of the owner Quentin Dempster.
Quentin is a journalist and former 30-year veteran of the ABC who purchased the site in the state’s north west site in 2007. The short-stay accommodation boom was yet to hit Tasmania at the time, but Quentin saw potential in exploring the clifftop, waterfront site as tourist accommodation.
Quentin downsized his Sydney family home to free up funds for the project, headed by artist and architect Richard Goodwin, with engineer Harry Partridge, and builder John de Jong.
Playing on the idea of a wing as both an aeroplane and eagle, the topographical extremes of the site required the house to hover above the cliff, with only its ‘claws’ penetrating deep into the ground.
The Winged House quickly attracted guests, which accelerated further after the property was listed on Airbnb. ‘We found the public trusted Airbnb as did the hosts,’ Quentin says.
A stay at The Winged House sells itself with its dramatic views of waves breaking on rocks to the east, and Rocky Cape National Park to the west. ‘You can see the curvature of the earth over Bass Strait from this vantage point. So you walk in to spectacular, wow views and a feng shui which has a welcoming feel in every room.’
On being named Most Unique Stay at the 2022 Airbnb Host Awards, Quentin calls the property an overnight sensation that’s taken 14 years of hard work.
Guests at The Winged House can expect a uniquely architectural home with a breathtaking 180 degree perspective of ever changing light, cloud formations, eagles, and the occasional seal.
Quentin’s Top Tips For Hosting the Ultimate Airbnb listing
– Ask guests for genuine feedback on how you can improve the property and the experience. After speaking to guests, we began stocking the pantry and offering complimentary local wine and olive oil.
– Invest in a cleaner, gardener, and a local manager if you’re not located nearby. Our team has made all the difference to the efficient operation and preparation of the house for each guest reservation.
– Provide accurate descriptions of what’s on offer so you build up a credibility and reliability.
– Recommend local businesses and services to guests. We have what we call ‘dial-a-cray’, ‘dial-a-massage’ and ‘dial-a-chef.’
– Be warm and generous!
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