Sunday, April 11, 2010

Grand Old Dame of Ballandean Turns 100

It has been a shop and a suite of flats, but for the past 13 years of her life, she's been a much loved guesthouse for visitors to the Queensland wine capital.  Nestled in the rolling vineyards of the Granite Belt, the buiLding now known as Ballandean Lodge celebrates her 100th this month.

Originally located at 61 Wood Street in Warwick, the traditional Queensland tongued and grooved building was a feature for shoppers to Warwick during the 1900s. For grocery shopping, it was either the last shop, or the first shop in the town, depending on which way you were travelling. 

Then the building made a journey of her own and today she's all about pleasure.  The house was moved 80kms south to its present site in 1997 and lovingly restored to provide three en-suited rooms for visitors.  It changed hands again in 2006 when Seattle residents Steve & Rebecca Trow found it online as ideal for an international tree change.  The couple has developed a successful tourism venture - the perfect Stanthorpe accommodation, which co-habits alongside Steve's mistress - his onsite sound recording studio.

Happy 100th birthday Ballandean Lodge!