Dean Hotel: Cool converted pub raises the bar near Ballarat

The bar remains intact at the converted Dean Hotel at 1350 Daylesford-Ballarat Rd, Dean.

Whoever buys this converted pub in a “small hamlet” outside Ballarat will be able to pull their own beer to celebrate.

The former owners who turned the Dean Hotel into a two-bedroom house left the bar intact, in a nod to its past as a popular watering hole.

The major renovation also retained the old cellar and cool room, and design features of the historic building including exposed-brick walls, Belle Daylesford agent Annette Leary said.

It’s now on the market with a $740,000-$770,000 price guide.

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The pub was turned into a house in 2012.

The property outside Ballarat has a $740,000-$770,000 price guide.

Ms Leary said the property at 1350 Daylesford-Ballarat Rd operated as a hotel “for a very long time” after being granted its first licence in 1873.

“One of the neighbours told me it was still a hotel up until about 14 years ago,” she said.

“It’s in the Central Goldfields area, surrounded by farms, so I imagine it would have been a very popular meeting place.

“And from Ballarat, there’s nothing until you get to Dean. In the old days, transport was slow, so it would have also been a watering hole for travellers.”

Exposed brick has also been retained from the original hotel.

The updated kitchen.

Ms Leary said while the property’s history had been preserved in the 2012 renovation, “the vital parts” of the home had also been updated.

These included the kitchen, which now features Smeg appliances and Caesarstone benchtops, and the two bathrooms and powder room.

Other drawcards included the “generously proportioned” living and dining spaces, and the west-facing orientation capturing “beautiful sunsets”.

One of the home’s two bedrooms.

The former Meaghers Hotel is also on the market at 194 Victoria St, Ballarat East.

“It’s 20km from Ballarat, 10km to Creswick and 24km to Daylesford,” Ms Leary said.

“So you’ve got this real sense of living in a very small hamlet, but you’ve got great facilities and things to do all year round.”

She said the next owners could continue to use the house as a permanent residence, or make it a luxury weekend retreat.

Its expressions of interest campaign closes April 3, but Ms Leary said the vendor was open to accepting an offer prior to that.

The Ballarat East property’s funky billiards room.

All this could be yours for $980,000-$1.078 million.

Would-be publicans may also be swayed by the former Meaghers Hotel, which is on the market at 194 Victoria St, Ballarat East, as a bed and breakfast plus office rental space.

The One Agency Ballarat listing states that the building on a substantial 1492sq m block had also been a pub, art gallery and home throughout its 97-year history.

It has a $980,000-$1.078 million asking price and offers nine bedrooms, three bathrooms, a bar, billiards room and several living and office spaces.

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