Time stopped the minute we walked through the door.
Set in an acre of 140 year-old gardens, Vacy Hall is a charming boutique hotel located in inner city Toowoomba. Built in 1873, Vacy Hall is set in over an acre of beautiful gardens and offers guests a rare chance to experience a fine example of Toowoomba’s early history.
Vacy Hall is listed by the the Queensland Heritage Council as a place of National Historical significance.
First built on site in 1873 but re-built after fire destroyed the building in 1898, this sprawling country guest house with wrap-around verandas and stunning gardens will take your breath away. It has a presence!
The grandeur – from top to bottom
From the moment we walked through the grand front doors we were pleasantly surprised by the grandeur of Vacy Hall. The decor is typical of the period, with artworks, fresh flowers from the garden and ornaments that you would expect to see in every country estate.
There was even an ‘Albert Namatjira’ hung in the hallway! For those who don’t realise, Albert Namatjira is only the most famous Aboriginal watercolour artist in Australia. I was very impressed!
Vacy Hall has 12 magnificent rooms available, ranging in size and comfort levels according to your preference. Choose from grand four-poster beds, fireplaces and old-world styled bathrooms with claw-foot baths. All are decorated tastefully within the period so it’s a matter of selecting the right room for the occasion.
Ours was the honeymoon suit, beautifully decorated with luxurious furnishings. An amazing four-poster bed topped with tons of pillows piled on top, lean crisp linen over a soft feather topper and an electric blanket, we had all the luxury we needed for a great night’s sleep.
A cosy old Chesterfield placed in front of the fireplace provided the perfect opportunity to share a glass of wine in front of the roaring fire.
We couldn’t have been happier!
The staff have a warm, friendly way about them. We were met at reception by Chloe who very efficiently gave us a guided tour of Vacy Hall. She greeted us the next day with ‘how are my favourite guests’ which was a pleasant surprise. Nothing puts a smile on my face like natural warmth. Great work Chloe!Our decision to stay at Vacy Hall in Toowoomba was quite possibly our best decision of the year! Click To Tweet
Breakfast at Vacy Hall
Liz made us fresh coffee and cooked our breakfast the next morning as if we were one of the family. I later learned that Liz has cooked breakfast at Vacy Hall for over 30 years!
Choose from a range of fully cooked breakfasts or a Continental Breakfast option with Vacy specialties such as Vacy Swiss Muesli, or Lizzie’s famous Hot Porridge.
I’ve since heard a friend comment that Lizzies porridge was the very best he’d ever eaten.
Vacy Hall’s heritage-listed garden
Vacy Hall is surrounded by a beautiful old garden. Elements of the garden date back over 140 years. The original garden was laid out by the first curator of Toowoomba’s Botanic Gardens and the garden structure has been the foundation for the garden as we see it today.
You will discover some beautiful old trees including an ancient Cedar of Lebanon and a hundred year old Jacaranda Tree. There’s a Lavender garden, numerous varieties of roses, a number of Fuchsias, creeping fig, a hundred year old heritage Camilea which is over 6 metres tall, Rhododendrons, azaleas, enormous Staghorns and a carriageway lined with Agapanthus which provide a spectacular display when flowering.
Enjoy the Vacy experience
It was as if we had the whole house to ourselves!
This enormous old manor has been restored beautifully with particular attention to guest privacy. Each room has its own bathroom and shower, and you rarely see another guest in the halls.
What you will occasionally see is people relaxing on a veranda (and there are 4 spacious verandas) enjoying a wine or coffee, you might see someone walking the grounds admiring the beautiful gardens.
Strike up a conversation if you want to or simply read a book and enjoy your own space. The choice is yours.
Our decision to stay at Vacy Hall was quite possibly our best decision of the year!
Pin this to your bucket list today!
How to get there
- Toowoomba is a short drive west of Brisbane – approximately 1.5 hours
- The Westlander trains travel daily leaving from Roma Street Station in Brisbane
- Buses leave daily from the Roma Street terminal
Have you been to Toowoomba? Did you stay at Vacy Hall? Were you as impressed as we were?