Ranelagh was built in 1875 for Joshua Gill who wanted to accommodate his large family of 10 children. Gill owned the first general store in Dubbo, The Overland Store. Ranelagh was built in a stately manner, which is unrivalled in Dubbo, even by today’s standards, to reflect Gill’s status as a prosperous local merchant.
Historic Ranelagh is a 650 square meter, single storey, double brick home situated on 14 ¾ acres opposite the Macquarie River. Although it retains most of its original features Ranelagh was totally and sympathetically restored over a period of 3 years in consultation with a heritage architect to ensure authenticity and comfortable 20th century living was achieved.
The formal lounge features two black imported Italian marble fireplaces and enormous original local red cedar bi-fold doors.
The original ceilings, which are all up to 12 feet high are still intact, some featuring tongue and groove cedar and others intricate plasterwork with antique light fittings. The high ceilings and tasteful décor add to the spacious and timeless ambience, so that Ranelagh is ideally suited for that special romantic weekend away.
Until 2004 Ranelagh was used as a private home by owner Peter Arantz and is now open to discerning guests as luxurious 19th century style accommodation.
What people are saying:
Wow...what a pleasant and amazing surprise to enter the beautiful Ranelagh estate after hours of driving from Queensland. This historic homestead is located on the Newell Hwy in North Dubbo and was a great option for a break in our trip to Victoria.
I cannot imagine why anyone would stay in a motel when accommodation like this is available...on the Newell Highway!
From the moment we entered and were greeted by Peter and his wife and the cat - Caeser, it was a little bit of magic. The is a delightful old mansion filled with energy of yesteryear (including a few friendly spirits), but with an updated, comfy environment. The giant grand old media room was a treat with surround sound, giant screen tv, dvd's, a piano and books galore to help yourself to. Our room, The Fearon Room, was a gorgeous old world guest room with a giant 4 poster bed, decorative fire place and in room wash stand...how cute! The kitchen was a welcoming, help yourself style country kitchen filled with yummy food, treats and huge old fashioned hard wood communal table.
This has now become our absolute must stay when in Dubbo...Thank you Peter and family for creating such a treasure.
By A TripAdvisor Member - 7 Apr 2009
The BEST breakfast
Pet friendly was the reason we went
Best pet friendly B & B we've been to"
Robert, NSW - March 06
> back to top