Valley Harvest is set in one of the most prestiges & historic building’s in Grafton. The building used to be the commercial bank & was built over 130 years ago. The building is a two storey affair entirely constructed from sandstone. Complete with carved balustrades & pillars. The Verandahs make for a perfect dining experience; providing a vista of the main street of Grafton.
Inside is just as ornate. One of the main features is the mouldings in the main dining room. They are in immaculate condition & have to be seen to be belived. Next are all the massive cedar windows which line the entire outer walls of the main dining room. All the doors, skirting boards & architraves are made of cedar too. There is an ornate marble fire place in the main dining room, & an equally pretty one in the Alexander Room ( our private function room). The fire places add a wonderfull ambience in winter & have the benefit of keeping our patrons warm.
Our Bar is the old Bank Vault. The door is of course quite amazing with ornate metal detailing, but it is the ceiling in the safe that I find extrodinary. It has a lovely brick domed ceiling, this must of taken some skill to construct. In the main dining room is two massive roman-like pillars, these are of a cast iron construction & are now painted maroon. They are a beautiful feature but unfortunately they do get in the way sometimes. I guess the final feature is the actually the beautiful carpet. Which although is not original it is a ‘Westminister’ & would have been typical in the day.
We will be posting photos soon & more of the history about the bank.
There is a resident ghost who I am keen to do some research on!!!??? So watch out for that story.