The Robertson Hotel - Southern Highlands as it was originally established in 1924, was once considered the most luxurious hotel in the Commonwealth. Formerly known as Ranelagh Hotel and Fountaindale Grand Manor. Hotel accommodation is now available and we are taking bookings for weddings, conferences or any private events. The hotel boasts 50 rooms and 4 seductive oversized penthouse suites.
The Robertson Hotel gardens are the gateway to the Southern Highlands and the border to tranquil Kangaroo Valley. The estate and its gardens have been lovingly maintained and retain its period charm, providing just the right mix of past and present to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. The 14 acres of landscaped gardens could be the perfect setting for a wedding or romantic picnic and provide a distraction-free environment, only one hour and 45 minutes from Sydney CBD, one and a half hours from the capital Canberra. And only 12 minutes from the much sought after Bowral.
The Robertson Hotel, was built in 1924 and opened it's doors as Hotel Robertson. Originally it boasted a nine hole golf course, two tennis courts, croquet, lawn bowls, billiards, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and an onsite mechanic who tended to guest's cars during their stay.
It was in 1925 when it was voted the 'Most luxurious hotel in the Commonwealth' and was the first hotel in Australia to have phone lines to every room. In the build up to World War II the hotel became a RAAF base, serving as a training area for budding pilots, and in 1947 and became St Anthony's College, a Franciscan friary and seminary and also used as a school house run by the monks. It was during this period that the beautiful stained glass windows, the rock walls and fountains were built and the stunning gardens were planted and tended to. These works are still in the building and around the grounds. The gardens have now matured and considered amongst of the best in Australia, and indeed the world.
The hotel was originally built to draw some of the Sydney-siders who retreated to the cool Southern Highlands to escape the heat of the summer and enjoy the beauty of the country side, and in 1930 the hotel was marketed as an exclusive country club and renamed Ranelagh Country Club after the Ranelagh Gardens in London.
Today Robertson and Bowral are still drawing the smart Sydney set and The Robertson is the leading hotel in the area built in the tradition of The Chateau Marmont and Standard Hotel in Los Angeles and the Soho House and The Carlyle in New York City, and Claridge's in London. A blend of old world charm and cutting edge chic, a place to be.