The Old Council Chambers is one of Tenterfield's most prominent historic buildings. First built in 1884 as the original Council Chambers and in 1939, underwent major renovations and the addition of an art deco facade. The building has now been restored into a country retreat with two self contained luxury suites.

OCC Quick Guide

  • Two self contained luxury suites

  • Historic commercial art deco building

  • Book the whole building for a group stay

  • Historic shed with long table for functions and workshops

  • Two fireplaces in each suite

  • Luxury romantic bathtubs and toiletries from Washpool Farm in each suite

  • Courtyard with fire pit

  • Ample safe off street parking for cars or motorcycles

  • Complimentary wifi & Netflix

  • Gourmet kitchens and cookware to enjoy local produce

  • Bicycles to explore the historic surrounds

  • Full espresso machine and grinder in each suite serving Fonzie Abbott beans

Rates & Conditions

  • $270 per suite per night.

  • Strictly non smoking in the building

  • We are very flexible with cancellations and date changes but please be as courteous as possible and contact us with as much notice as you can.

  • Please contact us via email, call or text Steve at 0407 290 971 or Bianca at 0401 841 622, or send us a message on Instagram to make an enquiry or booking and let us know what you are wanting out of your stay. We can make some great recommendations to ensure you have a wonderful and personalised experience.

Our Town: Tenterfield

Tenterfield is a scenic 3 hour drive from Brisbane or 3.5 hours from the Gold Coast. High on the Great Dividing Range you can expect four distinct seasons including often snowy winters, beautiful colours of autumn, blossom filled springs and mild, comfortable summers.

Renowned as the 'birthplace of our nation' Tenterfield is steeped in history which is evident with the collection of historic buildings throughout the town. Originally renowned for mining and agriculture, the small country town with a population of only 3500 is now known for a quiet country lifestyle and popular tourism destination. The cool climate, rich, fertile soils and reliable high country rainfall make it ideal for growing a wide range of produce from cherries, stone fruit and apples to wine grapes and flowers.

What You Could Expect & How You
Would Fill a Short Stay

If you are craving for a cosy romantic weekend of log fires, great wine and local produce in a beautiful historic country town, Tenterfield may be exactly what you are looking for. Abundant local wineries and beautiful National Parks surround Tenterfield and make a great day out but if you prefer walking distance there is an array of boutique shops and cafes to visit. We can provide itineraries to suit your needs - whether they are climbing mountains or sipping wine by a fire or searching for the perfect antique table. We also cater for motorcycle tourers and can recommend many great rides.

Dining Options

  • Commercial Boutique Hotel

  • The Barrelroom Restaurant (Ballandean)

  • The Bohemian Tearoom

  • The Corner Life & Style

  • The Sustainable Plate

  • OP Wine Bar

Hair and Beauty

  • Design for Hair

  • Inspire Hair Design

  • Mintt Hair Design

  • Tenterfield Tips & Toes

  • Zest Hair Crew

Boutiques and Antiques

  • Little Magnolia Florist

  • Margot Rees Antiques and Collectables

  • Ruben + Flax Homewares

  • Simply Country Fashion Boutique

  • Tenterfield Saddler

  • The Potting Shed Gardening and Antiques

  • The Corner Life & Style Boutique and Homewares

  • Unicorns Horn Antiques and Collectables

  • White Cottage Flower Farm and Antiques


  • Ballandean Estate (restaurant)

  • Symphony Hill Wines

  • Tobin Estate

  • Twisted Gum Wines

  • Just Red Wines

  • Golden Grove Estate

  • Jester Hill Wines (cafe)

  • Ridgemill Estate

  • Robert Channon Wines

National Parks & Places of Interest

  • Bald Rock NP

  • Boonoo Boonoo NP

  • Basket Swamp NP

  • Girraween NP

  • Thunderbolts Hideout & Tank Traps

  • F111 crash site

  • Mt McKenzie lookout

  • 1861 Cork Tree

Historic Buildings

  • Tenterfield Saddler

  • Post Office

  • School of Arts

  • Railway Station and Museum

  • Stannum House

  • Centenary Cottage Museum


About Us

Up until this old building came up for sale in 2015 we were happily living on the Gold Coast. We purchased a 400 acre private nature reserve back in 2001 just north of Tenterfield nestled between Girraween, Bald Rock and Basket Swamp National Parks. We had fallen in love with the beautiful natural scenery and climate on a weekend trip out here and just decided we had to buy a piece of this incredible Australian bushland. After enjoying our weekender paradise over the years and getting to know and fall in love with this historic little country town we thought it would be great to move out here… one day. Then the Old Council Chambers came up for sale and before we knew it we had quit our jobs and packed up our lives on the coast and moved to the country.

It has taken us two years to get this ‘renovators delight’ back from the brink of demolition to how you see it today. The building had been unloved and let go over the years but we could see the beauty and potential of this once majestic and stately hub of the town. We have undertaken all of the renovations ourselves excluding structural, electrical and plumbing. It's been a true labour of love….and pain and mud and dust and even a few tears but we wouldn't have it any other way. We are proud of what we have achieved and even more proud to call ourselves locals of this beautiful little country town and community.

We can't wait to share it with you,
Steve & Bianca