Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew has made an exciting announcement, just months after she and her husband bought a historic hotel in Carcoar, NSW, called The Victoria.
“Today is a big day for our little family,” Edwina, who married digital media executive, Neil Varcoe, in 2018, wrote on Instagram.
“@neilwrites officially shifts from working in digital media to full-time farming @warramba and kick-starting @thevictoria1846.
“Neil was born and raised in Lithgow and went to school in Bathurst so it’s pretty exciting he now gets to contribute to the extraordinary growth in the Central West. He is also the proud new owner of a very big jacket and a beard to survive the winter.”
Edwina also revealed that the family will be separated during the week, as she stays with the children closer to her job in Sydney and he works in Carcoar.
“We have our first stay in Carcoar as a family this weekend. We will miss him during the week but let the commuting, designing, renovation fun begin,” she said.
Edwina and Neil announced at the beginning of May that they had sold their house and bought The Victoria Hotel.
“In 1846, the Victoria Hotel was built on the banks of the Belubula River in Carcoar. It was a single story inn, visited by locals, travellers and the odd bushranger. 177 years later, on that very same parcel of land, The Victoria returns to welcome a new generation of guests,” Edwina wrote online.
“Carcoar is the third oldest settlement, west of the Blue Mountains. Home to @tomolly_carcoar and the Good Food Guide listed @anticacarcoar, The Victoria is a reimagining of Stoke House, which has been operating as a guest house since the 1800s.
“A new chapter for the town that time forgot. A new full-time project for @neilwrites. A new side hustle for me in addition to @warramba and waking up with you every morning on @sunriseon7.”
She revealed that the couple plan to spend the next few years renovating the hotel, with a grand opening hopefully set to happen in 2025, “with a lot of Fawlty Towers updates to come between now and then”.
It’s not the first time Edwina and Neil have gone into home renovations as the pair married in a 1980s farmhouse in Warramba near rural Lithgow, NSW that they had lovingly restored.
Back in February, Edwina revealed that the secret behind her happy marriage to her husband, Neil Varcoe, is that the pair have been sleeping in separate rooms for the past seven years.
“When I would get up for work, he would struggle to get back to sleep, so we decided to trial separate rooms,” she wrote in a column for News Corp.
“When we had kids, it continued. I would sleep overnight with the baby in my room and then he would wake up early to take over. Ten years into our relationship and five years into our marriage, it works a charm.”
She went on to say that friends are sometimes “shocked” when they see that she has her own pink “messy” room, whereas Neil’s bedroom is full of “manly stuff”.
Edwina and Neil share three-year-old Molly and one-year-old Thomas together.
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