The Charm of Country Hotels

Recently I found out that the charm of country hotels continues with the re-opening of The Commercial Hotel @ Kingston. The original weatherboard hotel built in the 1800’s was destroyed by fire in 1904, but was subsequently rebuilt in red brick in 1905. In it’s hay day Kingston had 12 hotels with only the Kingston Hotel, now a private residence and The Commercial @ Kingston still surviving. The Commercial @ Kingston closed over 12 years ago and was converted into a residence, however 3 years ago the current owner purchased the iconic hotel and has now sympathetically returned this grand old lady into an operating Hotel, Gallery & Cafe with a statement outdoor wood fired pizza area and beer garden.

The venue exhibits local artisan’s works, local providores and trades in small antiques and curios. The bar area is an eclectic mix of old whiskey jugs and bar mirrors with a pool table, pin ball machines and jukebox loaded with hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The cafe dining area has a mix of relaxing lounges, coffee tables and more formal tables and dining chairs.

As we moved through to the rear of the hotel we found outside terraced gardens with roses, shade trees and manicured hedges. Wow was the word when we saw the wood fired pizza oven and beer garden. The hotel is available for private functions and has boutique accommodation perfect for bridal parties looking for pre wedding day stays and The Commercial @ Kingston can also transfer the bridal party to the wedding in their magnificent vintage and classic wedding cars.

The hotel is becoming a destination for seniors, probus clubs, social interest and vintage car groups with vintage and classic cars regularly being seen parked outside the hotel, which is located on the Kingston Road with it’s magnificent avenue of trees – the 100 year old Avenue of Honour is regarded one of the best memorial of its kind in the country.

Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm for all day coffee and cake dine in or take-away or for a cold beer or wine with lunches served from 12noon to 3pm. Dinners are served Friday to Sunday nights during summer and autumn from 6pm to 9 pm.  Bookings are available by phoning 5345 6576 or to find out more visit or Facebook.

The Commercial@ Kingston Simplicity & Country Charm.