Troy Brosnan in the doorway of the Settlers Hut

Settlers Hut in the bush near Blue Derby MTB trails

Tin Dragon Trail Cottages:

Budget Accommodation in Branxholm: near Derby

The Settlers Hut at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages, situated in an attractive bush setting, has been set up with cyclists in mind. The Blue Derby mountain bike trails and North East Rail Trails are nearby (10 min drive).

The hut is fully self-catering and suitable for up to six adults and bikes travelling together. There is minimal privacy in this studio-style hut. The bathroom with washing machine is in an unattached building. In addition to full kitchen facility there is an outside BBQ area and fire pit. You can book and pay for the Settler’s Hut on line, by clicking the button above or the buttons beneath the photos.

Do you want a group-booking or a longer stay? Or wish to pay by cash or EFT? Then please contact us: Email Mobile: 040 750 1137.

Settlers Hut
Settlers Hut in the bush

We have just completed renovating these old huts as budget-priced MTB-friendly accommodation in Branxholm close to Derby (8km from the Blue Derby trail head). The bathroom/laundry is in the smaller hut.

We also offer five self-contained luxury two-bedroom and studio-spa cottages on our property. Tin Dragon Trail Cottages can accommodate up to 20 adults. If you are after more luxury, then take a look at our other cottages, too!

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Settlers Hut in the bush near Blue Derby

Our budget accommodation is priced at $120 per night for one or two people plus $30 for each additional person ( maximum 6)—continental breakfast included.

Pictured here are our WWOOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), Jen and Wouter. Although not Certified Organic, we have a small organic farm growing some vegetables and fruit, chooks and alpacas.

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Cozy Hut
View from the kitchen area to the bunk beds in the Settlers Hut

It was white frost outside, but we were toasty warm in this cozy hut. It was so warm we turned off the heating overnight.

The hut has been constructed with double-glazed windows and a layer of insulation in the walls and ceiling. This keeps the inside temperature even all year round.

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Self-catering Kitchen
Young couple sitting in the kitchen of the Settlers Hut

The kitchen had everything we needed to cook a hot meal. Plenty of microwave dishes, pots, pans, baking tins and casserole dishes—even a large rice cooker. The flour, rice, pasta, sauces, herbs and spices were handy too. We had pancakes for breakfast!

We supply tea and coffee, including loose tea leaves and ground coffee for those who prefer a pot of tea or expresso/plunger coffee.

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6 Bunk Beds
Bunk beds in the Settlers Hut

We had a great night’s sleep in the bunk-style beds. Curled up in the cozy doona covers. After warming up with the electric blanket we didn’t need the extra covering blanket. So much better than other Backpacker’s accommodation we have stayed in.

The hut is certainly cozy—but we have added a privacy curtain between the bunk beds and the kitchen area… This provides guests with privacy for dressing.

The hut is heated and we have added a privacy curtain between the bunk beds and the kitchen.

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Separate Bathroom
Corner of the bathroom showing the wash basin

The shower rocks! Absolutely plenty of hot water. Plenty of room. There’s a walkway round to the bathroom, but even in the cold this wasn’t too bad. I believe the owners intend covering in the walkway.

We use instantaneous gas hot-water that delivers constant hot water for the shower and washing machine. Covering-in the walkway will also provide an area for hanging wet clothes and working on bicycles.

We use instantaneous gas hot-water that delivers constant hot water for the shower and washing machine.

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Where are we?
Aerial photo showing the cottages surrounded by the Ringarooma River

Launceston airport (90min),Scottsdale (20min), Derby (10min), St Helens (60min). It is a short drive to the vineyards of Piper’s Brook and the Tamar valley; the fabulous North and East coasts: Bridport, Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires; Musselroe Wind Farm; Mount William National Park; Barnbougle Dunes golf course—and local golf courses of Ringarooma and Moorina; waterfalls and wild myrtle forests of the Blue Tiers and Mount Victoria.

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Reception Office
Reception office building

We could easily find Graham or Christne in the Office when we needed assistance. They were very helpful with information about the area. Graham showed us around the farm, too. We loved the alpacas! There was no TV reception in the hut, but we did’t miss it—there were some great DVDs to watch.

Guests can usually find us down in the office, but if not we aren’t far away—a quick phone call finds us.

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Renewable Power
Tail race below the micro-hydro generater

Awesome! Tin Dragon Trail Cottages even makes their own power. I think they recycle grey water too. We were really impressed by the sustainable practices used here—truely eco-friendly.

Our power is generated with a 7.5 kW Australian-made induction generator. In the next month we will click over 75MWhr of power!

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