Hotel celebrates 120 years
WHEN Anthony Murphy first caught a glimpse of the Commercial Hotel in Cordalba as he drove down the hill through the cane fields, he instantly felt a connection with it.
By sunset the very same day, he purchased the hotel.
Eleven years on, he hasn't looked back.
Reminiscing on his time at the hotel, Mr Murphy said he had enjoyed the "country atmosphere" and diversity of patrons who had walked through the doors.
He said the hotel had a charm like no other.
"With its atmosphere, heritage and quirkiness, it is a must-see for those both living here and travelling through," he said.
"The hotel has a feel like no other," he said.
Mr Murphy, who is passionate about the rich history of the hotel and the small town, says the hotel has remained virtually unchanged.
"The structure of the pub has never changed. The hotel still looks virtually the same as it was when it was first built, except for the addition of the back sun deck. We've got photos from the 1890s and it still looks exactly the same."
While the restaurant has been closed for almost a year, the kitchen has been lovingly restored back to its former glory with the help of the hotel's manager Allen Gibbin and friends.
This year marks 120 years since the historic hotel was first granted a licence to operate, and Anthony Murphy plans to celebrate the momentous occasion.
The hotelier is inviting you to help him celebrate the milestone this weekend.
Celebrations will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with a free sausage sizzle, live entertainment throughout the afternoon and a jumping castle.