Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew 'very excited' over huge transformation announcement

Just months after she and her husband bought a historic hotel in Carcoar, NSW, Edwina Bartholomew has an exciting update.

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.

Edwina and her husband, Neil, received their first plans on what the hotel will look like once it's all been renovated - and it's beautiful.

The country retreat will feature an array of chic spaces, an open outdoor fireplace, an orchard and even an outdoor events venue.

Edwina Bartholomew, her husband Neil and son Tom
Edwina Bartholomew has announced some exciting details about her hotel. Photo: Instagram/Edwina Bartholomew
Edwina Bartholomew's NSW hotel
The plans for the hotel look beautiful. Photo: Instagram/Edwina Bartholomew

"Today is a very exciting day," Edwina wrote on Instagram.

"We received the first plans for the garden at @thevictoria1846 from @studio_uc_ . They are exactly what we envisioned. Imagine a beautiful kitchen garden, outdoor cooking and eating space, an orchard with chickens, an imaginative play area for kids and lots of birch trees, roses and natives."

Edwina went on to say the couple have a year and a bit to make their dreams a reality before the grand opening.

"It really feels like the plans are taking shape and we can begin the transformation," she said.


Edwina Bartholomew's hotel plans
Edwina shared the plans to her Instagram account. Photo: Instagram/Edwina Bartholomew
Edwina Bartholomew's hotel plans
It will feature an orchard and some chic outdoor spaces. nstagram/Edwina Bartholomew

Back in May, Edwina also took to her Instagram account to reveal it was her husband, Neil's, last day at work in digital media.

“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.

Edwina Bartholomew's husband Neil with his son Tom on his shoulders
Edwina's husband, Neil, has moved to Carcoar to be a full-time farmer and begin work on the couple's hotel, The Victoria. Photo: Instagram/Edwina Bartholomew

“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.

Edwina Bartholomew, her husband Neil and their children Molly and Thomas
Edwina and Neil share three-year-old Molly and one-year-old Thomas together. Photo: Instagram/Edwina Bartholomew

“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.

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