About Hanworth House

One of the oldest and most iconic properties in inner Brisbane, we invite you to follow the rich history of Hanworth House; from its origins and owners throughout the years, to its restoration and current provision of a beautiful variety of accommodation options as well as a venue to some of Brisbane’s finest events.


Hanworth is more than a place to stay. Hanworth offers award winning accommodation close to the city and opened its doors to residents for the first time in 150 years in late 2014.


Home to the original portmaster of Brisbane, Hanworth has been a hospice, a home, but always a residence with heart, benefiting those who lived there and the community for over 150 years.


Now newly restored, Hanworth welcomes travellers and residents alike, providing affordable accommodation on Brisbane City’s doorstep.

After being in the corporate world as a CEO and as the 2004 Qld Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, Hanworth’s Chatelaine (Marisa Vecchio AM) took a break to develop accommodation and in 2012 took on her biggest challenge, the restoration of historic Hanworth House, one of Brisbane’s oldest properties which was bought and restored in honour of her beautiful mother Romana Preston who passed away in the same year from ovarian cancer.


Just weeks from opening in March 2013 an arson attack destroyed 80% of this magnificent house. The journey started again. Hanworth has already played host to significant events including corporate dinners, balls, weddings, charity functions and is the subject of a documentary premiered in 2015 “Heart Hanworth House” Of course its main role is providing more than a place to stay – safe and secure accommodation in the magnificent surrounds of historic Hanworth and an instant sense of community for those who stay there. Marisa and her family open Hanworth regularly in order to share it with the community.


Marisa is committed to supporting women in business, is committed to the advancement of women especially through her work with Zonta International, and continues her charity work on the WANTZ committee and as an ambassador for Women’s Legal Service QLD. In 2017 Marisa took out the Dancing CEOs Fundraising Award, becoming the highest fundraiser in the history of Dancing CEOs. In the same year, Marisa was recognised for her corporate and philanthropic works in being awarded both an Order of Australia as well as the QCF Community Philanthropist of the Year.

In 2014 Hanworth House was honoured to be awarded the Qld Heritage Council Gold Award 2014 and the John Herbert Memorial Award, the supreme award for the most outstanding awards nomination. In 2015 Hanworth won the Premier’s Sustainability Award – Heritage.


Marisa believes that we should all do what we love – she loves Hanworth and is very proud of the community it has created for all its visitors and residents.


If you are looking for an engaging, inspiring and fun loving speaker at your next event or workshop, Marisa is available to MC or deliver a keynote.


For all enquiries, please send us a message or call our office on (07)3391 7311.


Hanworth House offers 21 beautifully appointed accommodation rooms, close to the city, transport and all amenities.



109 Lytton Road, East Brisbane
QLD 4169 Australia