Right in the heart of Toowoomba’s CBD is Vacy Hall, one of Australia’s great historic hotels.
Surrounded by an acre of 140-year-old gardens, you can’t help but be impressed by its charm and authenticity.
It’s something unique to this part of the world, and for the first time in 17 years it’s looking for a new custodian.
Graham Higgins has been at the helm for all that time, and has greeted nearly 100,000 guests in that time.
“You can’t help but be impressed with the historic charm, the grandeur of the building, the authenticity and it’s wonderful being able to share that with so many people,” he says. “I’ve taken my responsibility as the owner of a heritage place very seriously, but I’ve decided what I want to do next… it’s time to move on.”
Built in the 1890s, this 12-bedroom hall is bursting with character – a time capsule of the late Victorian era. Designed and built by architect James Marks, the L-shaped design and massive verandahs are iconic. For Graham, it’s the period-inspired walls that stand out the most.
“I love this solid, painted, plastered work,” he explains. “That was done about 30 years ago and the guy who did it, used feathers to paint it!”
Most notable is the octagonal parquetry floor, mirroring the shape of the building. There’s solid plasterwork adorning every corner of the building, and thrifted art deco pieces you won’t find anywhere else.
Each of the 12 guest rooms have their own distinct style, from a strawberries and cream cottage room, to a yellow-wallpapered bed chamber – especially intriguing by moonlight. The main suites come with matching fireplaces, and open up to large verandas perfect for a country-style breakfast.
It’s peaceful and quiet here, the stress just melts away, and the gardens are impeccable. There’s something in flower all year round, from the Monetray Cypress, to the weeping cherry trees and Japanese maples – there’s even a 100-year-old Jacaranda!
Currently Google’s highest-rated accommodation in Toowoomba, Vacy Hall has doubled its turnover in the last 12 months.
“It’s somewhere people have used to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, weekend escapes, whatever’s special,” Graham says. “Operating it as a hotel opens it up to the maximum number of people to enjoy it.”
Vacy Hall is currently open to expressions of interest, and could be continued as boutique accommodation, or turned into a private residence. Whatever the outcome, imagine what you could achieve here, becoming part of this building’s story and keeping its history well and truly alive.
Vacy Hall, 135 Russell Street, Toowoomba City, QLD 4350
Mike Stewart – 0418 717 361
Chris Stewart – 0451 948 001
LJ Hooker Commercial Toowoomba