why choose us

This is not your typical hotel

Originally built as a home in 1925 and extended throughout the years, the Berida is not your typical Hotel, it is filled with history, charm and unique features at every turn.

With 43 restored and fully air-conditioned Guest Rooms, our award-winning and popular restaurant Bistro Officina, stunning Guest Lounge with open fire place, Games Room, Conference facilities, luxurious Day Spa, indoor heated Pool, Spa and Sauna, and a Local Produce Store, the Berida Hotel is the perfect venue for your next weekend escape, romantic getaway, social engagement or corporate event.

 

Located minutes from the main street of Bowral, and across the road from Bowral Golf Club, The Berida Hotel is only 90 minutes from Sydney and two hours from Canberra which makes for a perfect escape to a place that feels a world away.

With hotel rooms ranging from those with queen size beds to larger options featuring king beds and king family rooms, as well as, a self-contained cottage, we have something for everyone at Berida Hotel. Importantly all of our rooms come complete with free WIFI, TV’s, private bathrooms with luxury product range Molton Brown London, mini bars and complimentary tea and coffee.

While our accommodation rooms are little creative bases to dream, sleep and think, we believe a hotel should be like a home with shared space for living. Stretch out, relax and connect by the open fire in our guest lounge, enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace, picnic amongst the gardens, soak up the history and read a good book in the library or take home a little piece of the Southern Highlands from our local produce store.

Life can’t always be all play, sometimes work just has to get in the way. If you have a social engagement on the horizon or you need to get the team together, we can help. Contact our conference department to secure your next Corporate or Social event today on conferences@beridahotel.com.au

While Berida Hotel creates a space for thoughtful travellers to become part of and call their own, the inside of our hotel is only part of our story. The energy and activity of our surrounding community is an equally important part. Step out from our front door and all that you need to work or play in Bowral is there for the taking. We love our neighbourhood and celebrate it and invite you to share in our knowledge.

History

Proud of our heritage and excited by our future…

In 1906 Dr Jessie Strahorn Aspinall was appointed the position of the first female junior resident officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. After meeting Ambrose William Freeman and having four children (William, Chantel, Ambrose and Helen), Dr Freeman built the main section of the Hotel as their country home in 1925 but donated ‘Berida’ and the three acres of land to the Red Cross in 1941 after her husband passed away.

The Red Cross opened Berida as a repatriation hospital during and after the war until 1950 and later operated as the Junior Red Cross Children’s retreat.

In 1977 the Alex Norton Group turned the property into a Health retreat and partnered with Margaret Fulton. Margaret Fulton (Australian Culinary Icon) designed calorie controlled diets, a resident physician kept tabs on the guests and the sports complex and the tennis courts. It was during this time that extra wings were built and utilised as conference rooms.

In 1990 the Manor relinquished the idea of a health retreat and became a beautiful Motel with wonderful facilities. Originally built as an Old English Manor the charm has only increased over the years as the expansion of the homestead has become the first choice for many when visiting Bowral NSW.

Over the past twenty-five years Berida was proudly owned and managed by three separate families. Each family played an important role in the community and each focused on upholding the reputation of the Manor.

In early 2016 “Berida Manor” was purchased by local Hotelier family, The Duffy Family, and with that came a new name for the old Manor, to Berida Hotel. With the aim to restore the Hotel to its former glory, we have spent the past 18 months renovating, restoring and refurbishing the building to create a warm and comfortable space for our guests.