Stephen Kelly will have the old Yamba school master’s residence ready for holiday accommodation by July 1.
Stephen Kelly will have the old Yamba school master’s residence ready for holiday accommodation by July 1.

Old school turned holiday rental

THE Old School Master’s Residence in Yamba looks set for a busy future.

As of July 1, the Maclean heritage inventory-listed premises could be yours for as little as $200 per night as it makes the transition from dilapidated to refurbished colonial.

The owners of the Yamba Norfolk Motel situated opposite the residence took up the call for expressions of interest issued by the Yamba Bowling Club about six months ago and cut a deal that would see the building restored to its original glory and rented out as a three-and-a-half-star family holiday destination.

“It’s a four-bedroom house so it will be perfect for families wanting to park a boat in the yard or pitch a tent,” owner of Yamba Norfolk Motel, Stephen Kelly, said.

He said there was also the possibility of making it pet friendly once the heritage-approved picket fence went up.

The owners of the residence, the Yamba Bowling Club, last year had plans to convert the house into office spaces after long-term tenants left but the cost of the plan proved prohibitive.

Mr Kelly will meet with Clarence Valley Council heritage department senior strategic planner, Deborah Wray, this week to discuss heritage features to complete the refurbishment. The timber floors will be restored, a hedge planted and colonial-style kitchen and furnishings added.

“Structurally we are not doing anything to the house and we are allowed to put in a new bathroom,” Mr Kelly said.

“Preserving Yamba’s heritage buildings is like a carbon trade off for the new developments that move into the town.”



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