The new owners of Appleby’s Travellers Rest, David Croy and Juliette Craik of Richmond, are planning to restore the historic old building that has been vacant since 2012.
The Travellers Rest opened in 1851 and soon became a popular wayside inn with horse stabling, horse and carriage hire and accommodation for travellers. However, the historic two-storey tavern has fallen on hard times in the last few years and was put on the market soon after the last tenants vacated the building in April 2012.
But this week Colliers International announced that they had sold the property that includes the old hotel and an adjoining modern three-bedroom house and large garage on 3000 square metres of land. Colliers Debbie Cade would not disclose how much the property was sold for although the sale asking price was listed as $595,000 plus GST if any.
David says he and Juliette can’t wait to “restore the building to its former glory”. They take possession of the property next month when they plan to start landscaping the grounds surrounding the building.
Although David and Juliette haven’t decided what to do with the Travellers Rest once it is restored, David says it could become a cafe or boutique bar. David says they are keen to hear people’s ideas on the possible use of the building.