The Fitzroy Inn has cemented its title as the finest country inn in the scenic Southern Highlands with an exciting re-launch of its dining areas, café menus and accommodation upgrades.
The infamous estate’s new owners have unveiled an exciting transformation defined by traditional country style and modern comfort. Originally built in 1836, the charming Victorian colonial retreat is set amidst five acres of tranquil, terraced gardens located just an easy one hour from the centre of Sydney by car, and two hours by train.
The estate’s rich and storied history is unmistakable, from the convict cell in the Inn’s dungeon that retains the original iron shackles used to restrain its hapless guests, to the original kitchen in the cellars, which has been described by some historians as ‘the finest example’ of a convict-era built kitchen remaining in Australia. The Fitzroy Inn is also home to the first ever tennis court in Australia, built in the grounds of the then, Oakland’s School by R W Fletcher in 1875.
Continuing in the vein of historical luxury is the revamped Fitzroy Inn Cafe Wine Bar and its seasonal menu featuring delicious country cuisine. Head Chef Yoshifumi Tanimoto crafts delectable dishes using produce sourced from local growers and from the Inn’s very own veggie garden.
The Cafe Wine Bar's Spring Charcuterie features pâtés, cured meats and antipasto, which can also be taken to enjoy throughout any of the Inn's 5-acre gardens. The Wine Bar’s handpicked local wine and beer list is specially tailored to the seasons, painting a vivid picture of everything the Southern Highlands has to offer.
In the true style of a traditional country inn, the estate features traditional courtyards, picturesque gardens and a lavender-lined driveway; as well as 11 uniquely furnished bedrooms. Guests can enjoy modern comfort in a cozy attic room boasting picturesque garden views, or soak up a little bit of history in the luxurious and newly restored School Master’s Cottage.
Beyond its quaint, rustic charm and astounding natural beauty, it is the regions wineries, cafés, and restaurants that have been at the centre of the transformation that has seen the Highlands become a true food and wine lovers destination.