Rosary Grafton Phone: 0467 255 926 for Bookings

Unique Historical Bed And Breakfast In The Heart Of Grafton

If you would like to stay in a place of historical significance, with unique features, this is the place for you.

The Rosary is a converted Federation homestead of historical significance to the city of Grafton. Originally built by the Hockey family, owner's of  Hockey's Boot Factory, it features extremely rare imported Italian construction materials. The house has been used as an example of this type of construction in the Power House Museum in Sydney. It is one of the best known private homes in Grafton.

The main feature of the property was a 100 year old Rose Garden, a landmark in the City of Grafton in its heyday. It was open to the public twice a year and very popular with residents. The Rose Garden survives today and you can smell the roses during your stay.

In the 1970's the Rosary changed ownership to local builder John Melenhorst, who restored it to its former glory, eventually setting it up as a Bed and Breakfast. Much work was done to create an atmosphere of the Federation period.

Recently Pat and Mick Lyons became owners, and they are busy sprucing up the residence, providing even better facilities for guests. There are four rooms, each with kitchenette, and most have an en suite as well. Continental Breakfast is included.

Swimming Pool

There is something about staying in a piece of living history, converted tastefully to a Guest House, with a look and feel of the pioneer days. When built, the Rosary held command of the surrounding area, at a time when there were only a few residents in the developing town.

The addition of a swimming pool, provides great diversion for the kids and a welcome relief from Grafton's hot summer days. The swimming pool is looking sparkling and a perfect refuge from the hot summer weather.

The whole family can relax in this private area, a great change from the overcrowded caravan parks. Although this is a modern addition, it is a very useful one.

The pool is open from 8 am to 6 pm.

The Family Room

The family room contains double bunks for the kids and a Queen bed for the adults. Tastefully decorated everything is there, including en-suite, kitchenette and continental breakfast.

There are river walks nearby, a playground for the little ones, magnificent Fig trees, and river walks. There is even a Skate Park in the area and it is a short walk to shops, cinema, cafes and restaurants.

This is the most popular room at the Rosary, so booking well ahead is suggested. Let's face it, there are not many establishments of this quality where you can bring your kids and pooch and are able to prepare breakfast for the family before heading out to explore the area. You can choose from canoeing, the river, strolling down the main street, the historical double decker bridge, nearby beaches, antique shops, and some of the best landscapes in the country fanning out in all directions from this centrally located city. It is half way between Sydney and Brisbane, so a great place to rest up during the journey and give the kids a break from the long trip.

The Queen Room

Situated at the front of the house,the Queen room is an absolute delight for a couple. With a very comfortable amply sized Queen Bed it features an outside balcony, where you can partake in your breakfast, or watch the birds singing in the trees. You have your own private en suite bathroom too.

The shower recess features an original ceramic coated iron base for that old world feel. There is a great kitchenette and even a TV and air-conditioning to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Wake up and help yourself to the continental breakfast supplied and eat on your own balcony! Get ready for the day in a very relaxing way that died out many years ago.

For a piece of early 20th Century luxury this is the room for you.

The Twin Room

This room features two single beds for those who prefer a good night's sleep. It is designed for a couple or a pair of travellers who wish to share a room. As with all of the rooms at the Rosary, the beds are very comfortable, and you have a private kitchenette attached to the room where you can partake in your complementary continental breakfast.

While there is no en suite, there is a full sized bathroom next door for your exclusive use.

As with all of the rooms, the Twin Room is tastefully decorated in Federation style to remind you of days when we were more relaxed, the Aussie tradition. If you prefer separate beds, this is the room for you.

The Pink Room

Set up for a romantic getaway, this room has been named because it is somewhat pink in colour. It is a large room with a bay window, something that was a feature of homes of this period. The curtains ensure you can keep your room dark at night if you wish to sleep in, but provide a bright atmosphere during the day. As with most rooms, there is a kitchenette and private en suite to provide the facilities you need, not to mention the free continental breakfast! Add to that TV and air conditioning, and you have a room set up for a great weekend way in a quiet part of town. It truly is a place to relax, and if you want some fun, there is always the pool!

The Pink room is ideally suited for couples.

Call us for information on weekend packages for a romantic get away at the Rosary.


If you are curious to know more about The Rosary, or inquire about a booking, phone Pat or Mick on 0467 255 926. you will find them very relaxed and friendly and more than willing to help out. You will need to book ahead as the rooms are often full. Click on the link for current  Rosary Room Rates.