New lux­ury ho­tel a first for re­gion

Hills Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL - Lisa Thomas

A MULTI-mil­lion dol­lar 32room lux­ury ho­tel will open in the Swan Val­ley in De­cem­ber at Man­doon Es­tate.

The Colony at Man­doon Es­tate, which has been named after the first colony that set­tled on the Swan River, is the first ho­tel of its kind in the re­gion. Man­doon Es­tate gen­eral man­ager Travers O’Raf­ferty said the ho­tel had been 12 months in the mak­ing and once opened would fill a de­mand for lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in the Swan Val­ley.

“There was a huge de­mand for qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion and there really isn’t any­thing on of­fer in the Swan Val­ley of this size and qual­ity,” he said.

“With ev­ery­thing else we have on of­fer, with func­tion rooms, win­ery and restau­rants, we thought it made sense to add ac­com­mo­da­tion to that list and it’s al­ready pay­ing off, with rooms al­ready booked out from our open­ing date on De­cem­ber 1.”

The ho­tel will range from $230 to $290 a night, with a mod­ern look of tim­ber, stone and pol­ished con­crete and fit­ting with the land­scape of Man­doon Es­tate and bal­conies look­ing over the Swan River.

Mr O’Raf­ferty said the feed­back from guests and lo­cals had al­ready been pos­i­tive.

“Peo­ple are really ex­cited about spend­ing a night in the new rooms and not hav­ing to drive home after a day out,” he said.

“Man­doon Es­tate ap­peals to so many peo­ple, whether it be tourists, busi­ness guests, wed­dings or peo­ple hav­ing a day out, and this gives them the op­tion of a week­end away with­out hav­ing to leave Perth and only 10 min­utes from the air­port.”

He be­lieved the ho­tel would be the start of other ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions be­ing built in the re­gion.

“I would be sur­prised if de­vel­op­ers or other winer­ies did not follow in our foot­steps.

“There is a de­mand for more ac­com­mo­da­tion and the Swan Val­ley is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar and well known around the world,” he said.

Mr O’Raf­ferty said the ho­tel would also of­fer spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­tiv­i­ties for guests.

“We want to give our guests the full Swan Val­ley ex­pe­ri­ence and this may in­clude he­li­copter flights from Man­doon around the Swan Val­ley, wine ex­pe­ri­ences and in­dige­nous tourism,” he said.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d474389

Man­doon Es­tate gen­eral man­ager Travers O’Raf­ferty.

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