Last orders: Historic Greenhills Inn hits the market

By Phil Zoiti
BORN way back in 1906, Greenhills Inn Bar and Café, one of Australia’s best character-filled pubs, has hit the market at 444 Greenhills Road, with a $780,000 price guide.

The property, that comes with a 7,082sq m* land area, also offers eight hotel rooms upstairs and a further eight accommodation rooms to the rear.

The asset is being marketed and sold by Ray White Commercial (WA) Hotels, Tourism and Leisure Agent Phil Zoiti.

Mr Zoiti said the Greenhills Inn was steeped in history and offered the right buyer a superb lifestyle opportunity just 23km* east of York.

“The Inn loses you within the tranquility of the Wheatbelt, is under a 90 minute* drive from Perth and despite seemingly being in the middle of nowhere, bustles with tourists and locals alike,” Mr Zoiti said.

“This is a true Australian relic and nothing says grand Aussie pub like a two-storey character facade with sweeping verandas.

Greenhills Inn is selling freehold with all antiques and goods included, with four years of books, offering a combination income and lifestyle to the buyer.

“It would be ideal for someone looking for a change out in the quiet country area, but loves meeting new faces every day, with it positioned near a popular camping site.”

Mr Zoiti said the Inn was a great example of a historical Federation-style building built in the early 1900’s by one of the first female publicans in Western Australia, Mary Ann McMullen.

“On the death of Mary Ann McMullen in 1923, she bequeathed the fine two-storey hotel to her father, Alfred Dinsdale who was the Mayor of York at the time,” he said.

“From 1906-1946 the Railway Hotel saw fourteen licensees and in 1954 the name changed to the Sedgemore Hotel by Mr Clyde Easthaugh.

“It remained a hotel until 1989 when the liquor license was sold separately to Point Samson for $100,000 and the building was sold for $60,000.

“Without a liquor license, it was a private residence from 1989-1996 for Kim and Tania Warnock, and four years operational as a school dormitory campsite with up to 25-30 bookings a year.

“In 1996 it was sold by private treaty to John Perry and John Matthews, known locally as ‘the boys’.

“They had the money to renovate the building and bring back the liquor license to create an iconic pub ‘in the middle of the paddocks’, named the Greenhills Tavern, later changed to Greenhills Inn.

“’The boys’ sold the hotel with all the antiques and collectables in 2000. The pub once again had several owners and lessees who sold a lot of antiques over the time.

“By 2014, Greenhills Inn was once again very run down and only open on weekends. There were ten work orders on the place.

“Apryl Longford and Rodney Wells bought the hotel, with a vision to renovate, open the doors every day and grow the business to its full potential.

“After five years, Apryl and Rodney are now selling the historic hotel.”


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