Address105 Swan St. Guildford. Swan, WA, 6055.
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What you should know about Rose & Crown Hotel
In 1839, when the colony of Western Australia was small more than a decade old, Thomas becks opened a general deposit in Guildford. Soon after, in 1841, he extended the scope of that business to include a licensed inn. The main building known as the Rose Crown Inn is Georgian in style. It was built from local, handmade bricks laid in a Flemish bond, while the steeply pitched roof, constructed from indigenous and English hardwoods, was formerly covered in timber shingles. The hotel is basically symmetrical in plan, with a corridor running through the middle on the ground and beginning floors. The one clever ground floor room that remains virtually intact is the 1841 Dining Room the other was divided into a foyer area and private dining room. On the beginning floor (originally the manager's residence), four Heritage Suites line either side of the central corridor. Fully renovated, with a classical theme, they incorporate modern facilities such as spa baths and plasma TVs. There are extensive cellars under the hotel. In one, a healthy was sunk through the floor. Originally, a tunnel from the main cellar to the shores of the nearby Swan River facilitated the movement of stores from barges into the building, and to this day stories relating to the tunnel abound. Herringbonestrutted, they are held in position with handmade nails that resemble impaired fashioned horseshoe nails. The Inn is reported to have charged the sum of five shillings per meeting. A singlestorey addition to the Rose Crown, built in 1890 and comprising the east wing of the hotel building, originally encompassed a bar, restaurant and lodgings for lethargic travelers. Much later, in the 1970s, when motel accommodation was added and the hotel renovated, this east wing was transformed into a restaurant and ballroom impaired primarily for weddings. Now splendidly restored, the Stables provide an opportunity to experience a stay over steeped in history (although, sadly, the camels have lengthy since departed). Since 2005, that motel has undergone a major face lift and redecoration and is now rated as 3.5 star accommodation by the AC. Currently, this area of the Rose Crown is also being redeveloped and, when completed, will increase considerably to the property's existing venue options. It has been said that the spirits of convicts and preceding publicans roam the corridors and cellar of the main Rose Crown building, and media programmed such as Postcards that featured the hotel have tried to shed more light on the history of those ghosts. Skeptics, however, take a more pragmatic view of the often peculiar events that form portion of the Rose Crown's wealthy history. Mark and Tracy Weber, your hosts at the Rose Crown, invite you to enjoy their establishment and its many amenities as they continue their discreet restoration programmed, aimed at creating splendid new public areas for patrons.