Farewell Happy Val­ley

Myrtleford Times - - NEWS -

“We were reg­u­lars up here as hol­i­day­mak­ers and it was the week­end of the Myrtle­ford Show in 2006 when we saw the For Sale sign,” she said.

“We dropped in and fell in love with the place.

“This ho­tel was built in 1854, the grape vines out the front came from an Ital­ian farmer in the 1940s, the ho­tel was the third phone line in the district and the build­ing es­caped that aw­ful mod­erni­sa­tion makeover.

“Ev­ery­one knows it, ev­ery­one loves it.

“Nine years is a long time but we see it as our chap­ter in the rich his­tory of the Happy Val­ley Ho­tel.”

Mrs Bow­ers said the pub had been their ticket out of Mel­bourne.

“For any­one look­ing for a tree change you can’t do any bet­ter than buy­ing the lo­cal pub,” she said.

“It is a lovely lit­tle hub and you feel like you can con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity … help with fundrais­ers and that sort of thing.

“Peo­ple phone you up to see whether roads are open when there’s an emer­gency, we had peo­ple stay­ing here when the Happy Val­ley Creek flooded.”

Mrs Bow­ers, who now works in the health in­dus­try, and her hus­band will stay in the Ovens Val­ley.

“I guess the pub was our way out of Mel­bourne and we love the area,” she said.

The ho­tel was listed on the mar­ket for $600,000 but has been sold for an undis­closed sum to a restau­ra­teur cou­ple.

It is ex­pected that it will re­main closed for sev­eral weeks for ren­o­va­tions.

PHOTO: Brad Wor­rall

LAST DRINKS: Jo and Mick Bow­ers have poured their last drinks at the his­toric Happy Val­ley Ho­tel.

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