Vacy Hall is a beautiful old building, well maintained, with sweeping corridors and antique furniture, an ever-present smell of beeswax and feel of Australian history. So old by Australian standards -- halfway through our history -- you accommodate things like the noisy turning of keys in distant keyholes and heavy footsteps on floorboards in the early hours of the morning, as some other guest moves from his/her bedroom to the separate bathroom/toilet.
You may expect even more. Vacy Hall was built by a man named Gilbert Cory. His grandmother had been a lady-in-waiting to Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife Josephine. And his son, unhappy at the prospect of returning to boarding-school, shot himself (with his father’s gun) on the verandah of Vacy Hall: there are rumours and reports that, on quiet and dark nights, his ghost haunts the verandah and corridors. All very romantic, … but don’t ask the owner about it, … as we did: he dismissed the myth peremptorily, aphoristically and petulantly. His response, though, may have had something to do with the fact that we had booked our room through ‘Wotif’; and that, believing the Vacy House breakfasts were overpriced, we decided to find something more reasonable in one of the many cafés in downtown Toowoomba
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vacy Hall is like a time capsule that offers guests the opportunity to step back in time to a space where things were slower and less complicated, people had more time for each other and the world was more gracious. Built as a wedding present for the daughter of a wealthy squatter and pastoralist in the 19th century, Vacy Hall now provides travellers with a romantic experience reminiscent of the glory days of the 'squattocracy' with the convenience of a CBD boutique hotel. ... more less
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