The Old Bank Boutique Hotel
Located in Mittagong half way between Sydney and Canberra in the beautiful Southern Highlands, the Old Bank, 83 Main Street, Mittagong, is an historic Commercial Banking Company of Sydney premises dating back to the 1880’s now offering tastefully renovated accommodation in five luxuriously appointed heritage rooms with ensuites.
The hotel also boasts a self contained studio apartment and a free standing sandstock cottage thereby providing a total of 7 rooms. The original coach house is also under renovation and will provide additional accommodation towards the end of 2016.
Residents will experience the quiet intimacy and ambience of our lounge and library with open winter fires in the main premises.
The original bank vault secured with a 1000kg door cast in London in 1852 is now our wine cellar.
We can cater for all meal requirements and tailor make accommodation packages ideal for corporate conferences, weddings, special celebrations and
events of up to approximately 40 guests.
A severe drought exacerbated by a caterpillar plague in the fledgling colony of Port Jackson and subsequent exploration for new grazing land beyond the Cumberland Basin led to the settlement of Mittagong in the 1820s. Early Land grants for cattle grazing were given to a William Chalker, one of the first pioneers of the district.
Gradually over the next 80 years Mittagong became the home to many industries including the Fitz Roy Iron Works which established this industry in Australia, the Mittagong Coal Mining company operating the Box Vale Colliery, kerosene shale from Joadja , the Fresh Food and Ice Company sending the first supply of fresh milk and butter to Sydney and The Maltings serving the major NSW brewing company, Tooth and Co.
Following the railway line’s completion from Sydney in 1867, Mittagong became a gateway to the southern areas and beyond leading to the development of a tourist trade which still thrives today. Inns, hotels, guest houses, livery stables and shops were built to service the influx of visitors with some of the establishments still standing.
For a brief period in early the 1880’s the CBC occupied “Waratah Cottage” at the junction of Old Main Southern Road, (now Range Road), and Main Street, (now Hume Highway). It then relocated to “Victoria House” some 500 meters north of it’s present day site on the Old Hume Highway. By the late 1880’s the current CBC building had been constructed at a cost of 2840 pounds on land purchased from John Hilder for 373 pounds and opened it’s doors in 1891
1908 saw the start of motorised, more reliable and comfortable transport and with it the Hume Highway via Razorback being completed in the 1920’s. The Highway travelled through Mittagong until the 1992 Southern by-pass was competed, taking heavy interstate traffic out of Mittagong and Berrima. Both towns have flourished since with holiday makers and day trippers enjoying the proliferation of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, antique shops and outdoor activities in the mountain air at some 600m.
Although Mittagong has seen many historically significant buildings sadly being lost to developers and demolishers, the old CBC of Sydney, 83 Main Street, Mittagong, was saved from that fate when a complete restoration was commenced in 2009 to preserve an important conduit to our heritage for future generations.
What followed is several years of extensive restoration by local craftsmen who have faithfully transformed the slate roof and stone walled building from a dilapidated pigeon coop in 2008 to a magnificent icon today where our guests' comfort and enjoyment is paramount.
Open exclusively to the residents and invited guests, those arriving at the Old Bank via an impressive porch with original encaustic tiled floor then passing through double swing Australian cedar door, will be treated to a collage of historical photographs of a bygone era. Polished wooden floors milled from timber hauled by bullock teams out of local hardwood forests, ornate cornices, plush individually designed woollen rugs, open fireplaces, leather lounges and luxuriously appointed accommodation suites with private facilities of granite and tessellated tile will allow residents to step back in time giving them a glimpse of a more gentle way of life.
Whether in the library, the courtyard in warmer months or by an open fire in those cooler, there are plenty of little nooks to just sit, read and relax.
Under private ownership the Old Bank is managed with love, kindness and attention to detail for which we have become renowned and where our guests feel utterly at home.
For either shorter or longer visits to the Southern Highlands one can partake all manner of activities including golf, walking, hiking, riding, wine tasting, antique stores, galleries, gardens, arts and craft or just plain relaxing amid a plethora of restaurants, cafes and indulgent boutique shopping. The captivating charm of the Old Bank makes it one of the escape destinations to visit at least once in a lifetime.