Sitting sentinel and gazing majestically over the historic village of Wellington is Hermitage Hill Country Retreat and Function Centre, a boutique accommodation and function centre.
Wayne and Julie Shepherd are the new managers and inspired by the breathtaking views of the property and its history, their aim is to bring it back to life.
In 1904, Wellington was a flourishing town that expressed its confidence in the magnificent hospital it built for the towns- people. Constructed in the highly detailed Queen Ann style, no expense was spared with beautiful detail throughout the building.
Today, the old hospital beds have been wheeled out and a glamorous makeover has turned it into a grand boutique accommodation, function centre and restaurant.
The accommodation options include the Duke and Duchess Suite (Blue Stone cottage) decorated in an English colonial style with four-poster king sized beds and elegant bathrooms. The building is made from locally quarried blue stone in craftsmanship to be admired. Relax and take in the views of the valley or watch the sun rise on the expansive verandah – perfect for a wedding night or a romantic getaway.
The guest house has 13 individual suites which have been completely remodelled featuring air conditioned comfort, large guest lounge, swimming pool and spectacular views. The guest house is the perfect setting for groups.
The Store Cottage is a stand alone two- bedroom cottage, perfect for a family or friends travelling together. It has a federation style bathroom with a cast iron bath tub.
The Grange Restaurant has classic dishes with a contemporary style. Head Chef and owner Wayne provides a menu that rotates regularly using local fresh and seasonal produce. The restaurant is fully licensed with an extensive wine and drinks list. It is open to in house guests and the public nightly from 6pm. Bookings essential by phoning 6845 4469.