Avenel’s historic Harvest Home gets new lease on life

By Tara Whitsed

Already home to Avenel’s famous pizza, Bank St has another delicious food-based business drawing visitors from near and far.

Historical 1870s hotel Harvest Home was reopened recently, under the helm of Samantha Lewis, after sitting dormant for almost two years.

Lovingly bringing the building back to its former glory, Ms Lewis said they spent a year completing the relentless renovation and restoration of the almost 150-year-old building.

“With a youthful team at the helm ... Harvest Home is now the ultimate host as a regional restaurant, wine bar and café offering boutique overnight accommodation, event spaces and gardens,” she said.

Harvest Home at Avenel has recently been renovated and reopened.

Ms Lewis said the building’s façade, although beautiful, was deceptive and did not reveal how extensive the property was.

“You enter through the old bar doors and you can wander through various dining rooms as you make your way out to the pool, gardens and events spaces out the back,” she said.

“Harvest Home certainly has had a colourful history, and though she has now had a bit of work done she still retains her original eccentric bohemian charm.

“HH is a hidden gem and you'll be so pleased to have found her.”

Ms Lewis said accommodation was available with four rooms upstairs for overnight stays as well as a little villa next door in the private gardens.

“Opening special rates vary from $180 to $220 per night and include breakfast for two and access to private and public spaces within the property,” she said.

Ms Lewis said the menu had a strong focus on seasonal produce.

“The kitchen garden out the back provides fresh organic produce and everything is carefully sourced as local as possible,” she said.

“Harvest Home provides a unique dining experience to what you may traditionally find in a small regional town.”

Despite the chilly weather, Harvest Home hosted a number of events during August.

To cap off the month of events, there will be a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, August 31 with the aim of raising funds for better access to mental health services in the region.

“This is a black tie event and tickets are $120 per person which includes food and beverages for the evening as well as live entertainment,” Ms Lewis said.

“Non-drinkers' tickets are available at $60 per person and there are limited tickets available for this with bookings essential.

“There will be a courtesy bus on the night servicing the local area.”

Harvest Home’s opening hours are currently reduced for winter and will be extended again in spring.

HH is open Thursdays for lunch from noon; Fridays for lunch from noon; Saturday for breakfast from 9am, lunch from noon to 3pm, and dinner from 6pm; and Sundays for breakfast from 9am and lunch from noon.

Accommodation is available seven days a week and meal service can be arranged upon booking for in-house guests.

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