The Houston, located on the edge of Wagga’s CBD, is a relatively new boutique hotel with a long history. It occupies the neo-gothic building originally known as Belmore House, constructed in 1868, and offers a secluded experience unlike anything else in the area.
Mark and Lisa Madigan, the minds behind Fox and Co Hotels, adapted the once private residence into a 10-suite guesthouse in January last year. They both grew up just around the corner and now live in Orange.
Despite its proximity to the city centre, the hotel is remarkably free of foot-traffic. Guests can explore the tranquil gardens, designed by award-winning landscaper Peter Fudge, at their leisure.
The Madigans carefully created each suite – backed by their experience running six other boutique hotels in NSW – staying true to the manor’s history while adding interesting new elements.
“The main focus was to keep the integrity of the historic building, we’ve done nothing to the outside,” says Mark. The couple was also inspired by the retro interior of Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel in New York.
The Mini Suite ($153 per night) has a king size bed and an ensuite bathroom. If decadence is what you’re after, the Houston Suite has a private balcony, master bedroom, kitchen, and an antique dining setting.
There’s plenty to do outside of the hotel, just ask the staff for some pointers. We suggest you kick off your day with a brew at Trail Street Coffee around the corner, followed by a visit to the Museum of the Riverina and the City of Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens. For dinner, we recommend stopping by The Oakroom Kitchen.