Escape to the Country: One of Canberra’s beloved roadtrip destinations is for sale

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An hour and a half north of Canberra is a damn stylish weekend destination – and it could be yours.

The Sir George Hotel and Pub is located on the main street of cozy Jugiong, a very cute town that serves as the gateway to the lush Hilltops region and the perfect stop on the Canberra-Melbourne and Canberra-Wagga Wagga routes.

While established in 1845 (and has had a liquor license all along – the longest in Australian history!), Sir George has undergone an amazing transformation in recent years thanks to its current owners, mother and daughter duo Liz Prater and Kate Hufton .

This stylish couple turned the historic pub into a whole destination – and now it can be yours.

Sir George is for sale via expressions of interest. So if you had to knock out the big hotel names that whispered to sniff around, what could you look forward to?

Well, to begin with, there is a pub, restaurant, whiskey room and billiard room, all in the historic main building, while a smart outdoor seating area overlooks a grassy playground complete with a small house and a petting zoo – perfect for families on a Sunday afternoon.

Up the hill behind the main building stretches a handful of smart self-contained ‘barns’ that serve as individual rooms for guests, surrounded by landscaped gardens and an independent bakery.

The new owners will also enjoy a separate 1000 sqm four-bedroom residential property, located a stone’s throw from The Sir George.

Having stayed at The Sir George for this piece about the Hilltops in 2019, I can confirm the hotel’s attention to detail – right down to the linen sheets and Hunter toiletries – but it’s also an inviting “come one, come all”.

This is part of its appeal – Sir George is certainly a destination for discerning travelers, but you will also rub shoulders with local families at the pub on a Friday night.

The perfect escape to the country for the lucky new owners? We think so.

Expressions of interest close on 27 October 2021 at 12.00 AEST, unless sold before. See for more information.

Photo: Tim Bean

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