Your next getaway in WA might very well be to Katanning.
When you think about going on a holiday from Perth the first thoughts are Bali and then heading down south to Margaret River. Now though you might want to rethink that list and add Katanning into the mix.
Katanning a town known mostly for agriculture and farming is changing the game for rural towns and are being bold.
Welcome to Premier Mill Hotel in Katanning – an iconic 1800’s flour mill that has been turned into a beautiful and sophisticated small luxury hotel.
An icon restored.
A cornerstone building in the centre of town, the Premier Roller Flour Mill has been at the core of Katanning’s heart and soul since its foundation in 1891.
Since that time the building has become a story of relentless adaptation through the decades and in spite of a rather bleak outlook at time, the local community would stand by their treasured Mill during the 80’s, 90’s and into the new millenium.
By 2008 the ability to maintain the building with adequate maintenance and on-going safety issues meant creative measures were needed to ensure the iconic building lived on.
In what will go down as a bold move, but perhaps in part clever marketing and in part financial necessity, the Shire of Katanning invited interest from developers to purchase the building for just $1.
In return, they sought from developers imagination and robust capital for an idea that they felt could be a game-changer for their town
Premier Mill – Now and Then Comparison
Each of the 22 rooms at the Premier Mill Hotel is a truly individual experience.
The Boiler Rooms
Whilst these are the smallest of the rooms available, as you can see above they are light and airy by design, feature a pared-back and a perfectly coordinated interior.
Cost: From $265 per night
The Packing Rooms
The Packing Rooms
Cost: From $295 per night
The Silo Rooms
Quiet, intimate interiors are a feature of the Silo Rooms.
Silo Rooms are wrapped around and within this incredible silo structure and are a unique and unforgettable experience. Two Silo Rooms on each level are able to be requested as a combination pair allowing you to create your own 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment. Some Silo Rooms also feature large, west-facing, furnished courtyard terraces.
Cost: From $295
The Purifying Rooms
Purifying Rooms combine light, airy and spacious interiors with vaulted high ceilings with original beams
Each Room variously features original staircases, grain chutes, flywheel assemblies and other equipment used in the purification process
All Purifying Rooms have one or two sash windows with natural light and views over the townsite.
Cost: From $295
Eats and drinks
When eating or drinking at the Premier Mill Hotel you’re not going to be doing it alone. The Premier Mill Hotel like good old fashioned inn-keeping where travellers always have a chance to mix it up with the locals.
You can also expect some of the finest local produce on offer thanks to the hotels proximity to the surrounding regions.
Situated in the heart of the
With Dôme’s extensive menu for breakfast through to dinner and snacks for everything in between, you are sure to find something to hit the spot in a truly unique dining experience.
Hours: Open 7 days a week 6am to 9pm
The Cordial Bar
This will no doubt be where you spend most of your time
Enjoy an evening in the intimate cellar, sampling the best produce of the Great Southern Wine Region.
The Cordial Bar features an extensive, hand-picked selection of wines from the largest and most diverse wine region in Australia
An ever-changing roster of wines by the glass and bottle, paired with a carefully curated share-plate food allows you to mix and match your food and wine to suit your palate.
But it doesn’t just stop at the world-class wines. Complementing the food and wine menu is a range of local craft beers and spirits
And if you aren’t too keen on the alcoholic drinks on off, the Premier Mill Hotel also serves up a range of non-alcoholic cordials and mixers, made by hand, just like they were 120 years ago.
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 3pm
What to do in Katanning
The Premier Mill was built for luxury, comfort and relaxation. One could easily pack a few books and check-in for a getaway to ‘Katanning and Chill’ – recharge the batteries in a truly unique and welcoming hotel.
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Alternatively if it is adventure you seek, there is plenty in Katanning and the surround areas with nature right at your doorstep. Pack up the car or lace up your hiking boots to take in the sights and sounds of Katanning.
How to get there
It’s not a short drive so you might want to make sure you have your road trip soundtrack ready.
Premier Mill Hotel is approximately a 3 to 3 and half hour drive from Perth.
Location: Cnr of Clive Street &, Austral Terrace, Katanning (Directions)
For more information and to make a booking visit premiermillhotel.com
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