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In the world heritage wilderness of Tasmania, next to Lake St Clair, this 1930s hydroelectricity station is a gem. The designers have created rugged simplicity and unrefined comfort – even the weather-beaten, lichen-dabbled concrete exterior is faithful to its first life. Triple-height wraparound glass ensures high-definition views over the national parkland. Exposed pipes, rough oak cladding and industrial-style hanging lights give this 12-room sanctuary modern gravitas. The best views are from the Pumphouse bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the lake.
Doubles from £170,

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