Enjoy the warm hospitality of our Bed & Breakfast in a historical setting (1886) with modern comforts. Live in the original courtroom, prisoner exercise yard and jail cells, now comfortable guest rooms with en suites, sitting area and modern conveniences. The Araluen Old Courthouse was by built at the height of the gold rush era during Queen Victoria’s reign and still bears her insignia in the cast iron work. The policeman’s residence is now a family suite for families of up to five.
We can accommodate up to 12 people at a time. 10 for the most comfort if the group is exclusively adults.
Guests love to feel that they are living in the original spaces, including the outdoor prisoner exercise yard with the heavy cell doors and pull down iron hatches. It has a domed canopy of iron bars to prevent prisoners escaping. The original courtroom is the guest lounge and dining room. It is a well preserved quadruple brick building from locally fired bricks.
Today it stands on 10 acres, with 3 acres of beautiful gardens, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool and spa. We heat the spa up for a small fee to cover electricity costs. The valley is totally surrounded by spectacular mountainous national parks which are the backdrop to the guest rooms, with no other building in sight. Take that long country walk, spellbound by the beauty of the valley.
We have four independent guest rooms, all with en suites, DVD player, heater, ceiling fan, fridge & tea/ coffee making facilities. They open directly to the garden, spa, tennis court & swimming pool.