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The Commercial Boutique Hotel Tenterfield is a renewed vision of the original 1940s Art Deco Commercial Hotel, reopened in September 2014 after being closed for eight years. The careful renovation by the Sibley and Dillon families aimed to give the hotel a new lease on life through restoration and transformation. The result is a beautiful hotel (with no gambling facilities!).

The original intriguing features of the building have been enhanced, such as the ceiling cornices in the lounge area, the bare hardwood floors, and the beautiful original open fireplace in the lounge has been recommissioned.

There are numerous full-length mirrors in the upstairs hallway, allowing the original silky-oak architraves to remain intact while creating more natural light, and of course giving the guests every opportunity to look their best.

The original 1941 construction plans along with local photos of the era and some original hand-painted in-room advertisements are on the wall in the bar and lobby.

The Sibley and Dillon families are obviously committed to shaping the resurgence of Tenterfield as a tree-change getaway, or as a ‘romantic escape’, or ‘winery weekend’ destination. The decision to forswear gambling facilities is a result of ‘a desire to be a socially positive venue with a progressive outlook’. Doesn’t regional Australia need more places like this?

Luxury getaway

Where Peter Allen spent much of his childhood, Tenterfield is 200km by road from Byron, and just 20 minutes from Queensland’s Granite Belt wine region, which includes Ballandean and Stanthorpe. The CBH has eight luxury bedrooms, including one beautiful wheelchair-friendly and pet-friendly room (pets must be pre-approved). 

Eating and drinking

There are leather couches by the open fire in winter (or air-conditioning in the summer), Art Deco architecture, craft beer and wines that pay tribute to local and Australian brewers and winemakers.

The CBH aims for a quality dining experience, wherever possible sourced from local producers, in particular local beef, free-range eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and from time to time even Tenterfield heritage-breed chickens.

Historic Tenterfield

The hotel is in the heart of old Tenterfield; you can connect with Peter Allen’s childhood by visiting the Tenterfield Saddler, explore the unexpectedly stunning countryside, play a round of golf at one of Australia’s premier country clubs, visit local wineries and craft breweries, discover the history at the Sir Henry Parkes Museum, or venture into the Boonoo-Boonoo National Park and cool off in the rockpools with a picnic lunch to follow. One natural attraction not to be missed is Tenterfield’s own Bald Rock – the largest exposed granite boulder in the southern hemisphere.

The Commercial Boutique Hotel Tenterfield is at  288 Rouse St, Tenterfield. Phone 02 6736 4870 or visit www.thecommercialboutiquehotel.com

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