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Former Collits Inn

Former Collits Inn

Information quoted from the Owners website. They continue the website for those interested in the Inns history. Well done for that.

"COLLITS' INN is no longer operating as a B & B or restaurant. It is now a private home but the owners can be contacted if you are interested in the history of Collits' Inn.

Collits' Inn is one of the most historic of Australia's early inns. Built in 1823 to serve the first explorers over the Blue Mountains, it lies in the beautiful Vale of Clwydd at the base of Mt York and the foot of Cox's Road. This was the first road built over the Blue Mountains.

Collits' Inn was established in 1823 by a former convict, Pierce Phigginton Collits and his wife Mary.

Every traveller moving from Sydney to the Outer Settlements near Bathurst would have stayed at the Inn after the frightening descent of Mt York.

In 1831, a post office was established at the Inn. The coachman would stay there after the gruelling task of getting the coach and horses down the mountain. This is now the History Room where documentation, maps and photos are stored.

The Inn remained in the Collits family until 1875 when it was bought by Mrs. Lewington and restored as the Mt York Inn, operating from 1877-79.

In the early 20th century, the Inn once again became a popular guest house. It was during this period that the writers of the operetta Collits' Inn, Varney Monk and Thomas Stuart Gurr, developed their fondness for the place."

Former Collits Inn

Photo 10/08/2008
Photo submitted by Gary Pope, Many Thanks

"In 1947, the Inn was sold to Steve Pilarcik. He was a Croatian working as a eucalyptus oil distiller.

It was then sold to Russell and Christine Stewart in May 1998. After tedious research Collits' Inn was restored.

On the 26th January 2002, Collits' Inn reopened after major restoration. The Inn flourished and its dining rooms were filled by satisfied customers from Sydney, Blue Mountains, the west and overseas.

Collits' Inn was purchased by the Macdonald family as their family home in November 2007 and is no longer operating as a Bed and Breakfast or restaurant.

This web site is being maintained by the Macdonalds for those who are interested in the history of Collits' Inn.

For further inquiries regarding the history of Collits' Inn:

Contact Col Macdonald

Email: "

Lot101/ Hartley Vale Rd
Hartley Vale
New South Wales 2790
02 6355 2072

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