Pat and Mick Lyons are originally from the UK, they have worked around Australia, ending up in Grafton. With a taste for heritage homes, they fell in love with the Rosary and when they saw it was for sale, decided to make it their own.
With the B&B well established they now extend their hospitality and charm to visitors to the area, by staying at the Rosary, one of the prominent homes of early Grafton. Pat and Mick are busy restoring the property, to make it even more enticing than it was before. Please give them a call if you are coming to Grafton. They will provide you with comfortable lodgings, and include a continental breakfast with the room fee.
Ask them about what to do and see in the area while you are here. They are more than happy to help make your stay a memorable one.
History of The Rosary Bed & Breakfast
The Rosary Grafton is a genuine 1905 heritage building, acknowledged as having historical significance by the NSW Heritage Council. It is listed in Grafton and Clarence River District Booklet as one of Grafton’s finest homes. It was built in 1905 by the Hockey family, a local shoe store proprietor running Hockey’s Boot factory.
George Hockey was an avid rose grower, and established his rose garden early in the history of this residence. We are maintaining the garden, providing a wonderful attraction for visitors. The rose garden is over 100 years old and is known in the Grafton area. In its heyday it was open to the public twice a year and was often used for weddings.
The home features extremely rare imported Italian construction materials and, prior to 2004, was a private residence maintaining its character from many years ago.
Recently the home has been tastefully renovated and the four rooms each have access to a kitchenette, ensuite or private bathroom and serve guests with a continental breakfast.