More Than A Place to Stay
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.
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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 special place and community being created here.
Living in the country has its challenges. Being told at 27 weeks pregnant that I would need to move to Brisbane to wait out the impending arrival of my twins caused immediate panic. The list of accommodation requirements was complicated and extensive; security for a young female, an ensuited room, a car space close by, location only minutes from the mater for emergencies, no lock in lease (just incase the twins came early) and most importantly – other people around. Where would I find such an option? 109 Lytton Road was the answer. Hanworth House had it all! After my initial phone call to Marisa I knew it was the place for me. Not only did Marisas kind tone and welcoming nature reassure me that I would be well looked after, she also took the time to inform my husband and family that I would be in safe hands whilst away from them during this important time. My mother was able to stay with me towards the end of my time at Hanworth. We were able to enjoy two splendid weeks of shopping for the babies in the city, sunset drinks on the verandah (non alcoholic for me!) and spontaneous dinners with our other residents. All before things became a little crazy with two precious new borns in our life. I will always treasure this special “girly” time spent with her and have Hanworth to thank for this memory. As my husband arrived in Brisbane on the eve of the birth to escort me from Hanworth to the Mater, I must admit to feeling a little unsettled as we drove out of those beautiful gates. Although I was terribly excited about what lay ahead for Angus and I and also about the return to the country, I found myself encompassed by that uncomfortable “leaving home” feeling. I had really settled in by this point and had made this wonderful environment my home for nearly two months. I will most certainly be using Hanworth House for my future visits to Brisbane and also know that Marisa, Michelle, Anita and Jozsef have become my friends. What an achievement this house is for Marisa and her family and I thank you for looking after me at such a delicate time in my life. A magical time I will cherish and never forget.
I have loved every moment at Hanworth since my arrival three months ago for a “temporary” stay while I decide whether to remain in Brisbane or return overseas. Finding short term accommodation that was not solely for students or backpackers was much harder than I anticipated. Therefore, when I came across Hanworth House I could not move in quick enough! Living in one of Australia’s most recognised historic homes, recently restored and lovingly brought back to former life by owner Marisa Vecchio, is an absolute privilege. Marisa’s generosity and warmth makes you feel welcome immediately and her love of Hanworth is obvious and infectious. The footprint of the house, with numerous kitchens, bathrooms, living spaces, landscaped gardens and outdoor seating areas, provides solitude and privacy when needed but is also the perfect setting for our “happy hour” and regular (countless) social gatherings. The various ages and professions of those staying here are a good mix and it is so nice to come home from work or travel knowing I can unwind and have a laugh with them if I want. The location is perfect as well, close to buses and City Cat you are only minutes away from the CBD, West End, New Farm and Bulimba; I often walk to South Bank and catch the City Cat back. Sitting on the front lawn or verandas you have a terrific view of the city and is a great spot to chill with your family and friends. Hanworth really is more than a place to stay, it has been home to me and has given me wonderful memories and friendships which will last long after I move on. Leanne
I was nervous when moving away from home for the first time, but I instantly felt at home at Hanworth House. Everyone is so friendly, the rooms are beautifully decorated and I know many girls would dream to stay here. I was really lucky to have found such a lovely place!