History

This page tells you something about the history of Amamoor Lodge and how Christine and Malcolm became your hosts

Amamoor Lodge

Amamoor Lodge was once part of an 800 acre property owned by Tom and Merv Sanders. The Sanders were well known in the area and had many business interests including farming pineapples, beans and timber.

John and Cynthia Hayes purchased the Amamoor Lodge in the late eighties. At that time there was a sturdily built single men’s quarters, a mess area, cook house and (cold) shower area – accommodation for seven single men. These existing buildings date back to the 1930’s and were built with local timber milled on the property, by the Sanders family.

In 2002, John Hayes started work on an extension to the the old barracks (workmens quarters) to develop the main lodge bed and breakfast building. The resulting purpose built B&B officially opened in 2005 is full of warm timbers reflecting the old barracks and offering a welcome to guests.

The Studio block built in heritage style to complement the Lodge, was built to offer a different type of accommodation. These rooms were opened in May 2009.

In 2013, Christine and Malcolm noticed that Amamoor Lodge was for sale and started their journey to becoming the current hosts.

Christine and Malcolm’s Story

In Sydney, Christine and Malcolm talked about one day moving “north”.  On weekends away they often stayed in B&Bs while exploring new areas.  One of these was for sale so they thought “maybe we can run our own B&B”.  That thought started the search which ended at Amamoor Lodge.

Malcolm’s background in the hospitality industry and Christine’s hotel experience as a business and holiday traveller  helps them anticipate what guests want and  provide a friendly but professional service.

They moved to Amamoor Lodge in January 2013 along with Nesquik (the cat).  By the end of the month, they experienced temperatures in the high 30s and their first floods.  They also found Chester (the dog) at the local RSPCA pound.  He was found homeless and tagless during the floods and seemed to be waiting for Malcolm and Christine to rescue him.  Chester now greets all guests to his home.