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A home away from home

Built over a century ago, The Bangalow Guesthouse offers guests the charm and elegance of a bygone era. Sumptuously furnished to the highest standard and with stunning paintings by famous local artist Ken Johnson throughout, The Bangalow Guesthouse offers the perfect setting for a romantic, relaxing escape.

Guests are treated to a delicious breakfast on the verandah which overlooks the manicured gardens and flowing Byron Creek. The quaint township of Bangalow is right on our doorstep with boutique shops, award winning cafés and the famous Bangalow Hotel only 5 minutes walk away. We hope you visit us for an unforgettable stay.

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Bangalow Guesthouse history

The charming Bangalow Guesthouse has a fascinating and treasured past that is felt from the moment you arrive.

Early pioneer Joseph G. Snow moved to Bangalow in 1902 and famously set up a much needed saw mill in the area. Snow purchased the land on the Byron Creek at auction in 1903. Shortly after, work commenced on the front part of the existing house where his wife and growing family of 13 children were to live. They named their home ‘The Rivers’. His efforts and sense of community left a lasting impression

on the town and the J. G. Snow bridge, adjacent to this property, was named in his honour in 1948. Although Joseph Snow stayed in Bangalow for the rest of his life, he sold ‘The Rivers’ in 1909.

Dr. Andrew Bracken bought the home after arriving from Ireland two years earlier and so began the line of Doctors who would live in ‘The Rivers’ for decades to come. The climate proved too hot for his wife and the property was sold again to Dr. John Stewart in 1912.

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Born in Glasgow, Dr. Stewart had been in the Boer War as a Surgeon-Major. He owned a motor bike and serviced the town of Byron Bay twice a week as well as running his practice from ‘The Rivers’. When WWI broke out, he once again volunteered and despite being wounded in Gallipoli, he continued practicing in Melbourne for many years after the war.

A young Dr. John Lentaigne arrived in 1914 and renamed the property ‘Riverview’ after the College he had studied at in Sydney. Trained in obstetrics and paediatrics, Dr. Lentaigne delivered many of the residents of Bangalow and Byron Bay.

In 1919 his skills as a GP were desperately needed when there was a severe epidemic of pneumonic flu in Bangalow. Dr. Lentaigne married the daughter of the Bangalow Hotel and they raised their five daughters at ‘The Rivers’. Over the years, the family extended the property and Dr. Lentaigne continued to practise and live at ‘Riverview’ until his death at 66 years of age.

The suites and cottages at the Bangalow Guesthouse are named in memory of the early owners who each left their mark on this special property and the town of Bangalow.