This hotel is the perfect place to stay in Tenterfield
Tenterfield, just across the border in New South Wales, lies in a valley in the Great Dividing Range and is a great place to spend a weekend or a long weekend. Here the air is cleaner and cooler, the grass is definitely greener, the locals are friendly and the food is amazing.
The Commercial Boutique Hotel reflects the changes in Tenterfield in recent years as shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels aim for a more sophisticated traveller seeking out the joys of Tenterfield. The hotel has been refurbished and now provides great quality rooms, fantastic dining and is a lovely place for drink, especially on weekends when they have live music.
Photo of pizza and tapas courtesy of Commercial Boutique Hotel
The rooms in this classic art deco pub have been completely refurbished, within the limits set by original design of the hotel. The standard rooms include beautiful rain showers, a separate bed and sitting room area and air conditioning in the ceiling. The premium rooms include a bath and walk in shower. Some rooms also feature fireplaces. All rooms are beautifully furnished in French provincial style.
One worry for people staying in pub hotels is the noise from the bar and restaurant. While the bar can be noisy on weekends, there is little noise upstairs even in the rooms directly over the bar. If you are worried about the noise, ask for a room down the end of the hotel away from the bar or for a room in the side street rooms.
Photo of the lounge courtesy of Commercial Boutique Hotel
Even if you don't intend to stay in the hotel, it is the place to go for dinner if you are in Tenterfield. Mains are limited, but focus on wonderful fresh local ingredients. People drive from nearby towns just for the taste of steak fed with Tenterfield grass. They also do pizzas and tapas and lighter meals for lunch.
If you are staying in the hotel, then a continental breakfast is also available, however as the hotel is in the heart of Tenterfield there are lots of other options for breakfast. The Tenterfield Bakery opens at 6:30 am and cafes start to open around 7 to 8 am.
Justin from the Commercial Boutique Hotel explains the advantage of staying in the heart of Tenterfield as "a place to stay while exploring the region" as well as the fact that "there advantage of being able to dine in local cafes and restaurants". Certainly there is a lot to see in Tenterfield, including numerous historic locations.
Tenterfield and surrounds is certainly worth the three hour drive from Brisbane and a long weekend away. In the town itself there are various historic locations as well as cool shops selling antiques, handmade products and various quirky items. Even if even these are not really your thing, the town centre is still worth at least half a day.
The Tennterfield Saddler (you know the song by Peter Allen)
Around Tenterfield there are numerous natural attractions. The two most popular are Bald Rock National Park which has a great hike up to the top of the eponymous Bald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo National Park where you have great views of the falls and a wonderful swimming hole (without need for much walking). Also not far away is the Girraween National Park across the border in Queensland.
Finally of course, the cool weather make the Tenterfield a great place for cold weather grapes. There are numerous wineries around the area, the most famous are Kurrajong Downs and Deetswood Wines. If you have the chance, pop in to sample their great wines.
With such a diverse region, the best option is to base yourself centrally in the the town at a place like the Commercial Boutique Hotel and travel out to various adventures in the region.