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Hot venue: The Old Bank, Mittagong

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The Southern Highlands of NSW welcomes a new boutique hotel property.

After a seven year renovation, The Old Bank – original built in 1892 – has been converted into five individually themed suites, as well as a studio and a free-standing cottage.

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With a wine cellar located in the original bank vault that is sealed by a one-tonne door cast in London in 1852,  the Victorian-Romanesque-styled property was built in Mittagong in 1892 as a branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney with the bank manager and his family living upstairs.

The building ended its life as a bank in the 1970s and fell into disrepair. In 2009, local heritage lovers, Warwick and Barbara Wainberg, purchased the property – then a dilapidated pigeon coop – and, using local tradespeople, began the restoration project.

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The new-look Old Bank now features original, tessellated tiles and double swing, cedar doors in the grand, front porch, three log fires, leather Chesterfield sofas in the library and lounge, pull cord lighting, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a courtyard with a fountain, a polished cedar staircase, ornate cornices, handmade, woollen rugs, Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather doonas and heated bathroom floors and towel racks.

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Coffee machines, fresh milk and phone-charging points are available in all rooms, sun-facing balconies adjoin two suites and the walls throughout the hotel are adorned with dozens of historic photos capturing life in the Southern Highlands over a century ago. Original stables and a convict-built coach house behind the Old Bank are also being restored as heritage accommodation, to open early 2017.

The Old Bank also caters for weddings, business events and private functions. Free WiFi and complimentary pick-ups from Mittagong Railway Station are all part of the service.

The Old Bank Boutique Hotel is located at 83 Main St, Mittagong NSW.

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