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Bangalow Guesthouse is an elegant, early 1900’s heritage property nestled in the heart of Bangalow Town, New South Wales, Australia. The homestead has a fascinating and treasured past, combining the charm of a bygone era with the sumptuous, modern comforts of today.

The 3-acre grounds are bordered by Byron Bay Creek and high, deep green hedgerows. The lush lawns and gardens surrounding the property ensure that privacy of your celebration is paramount. Your guests can stroll or sit and enjoy the tranquility through the large windows and French doors leading from the elegant living and kitchen areas, spilling out onto the gabled deck, which surrounds the main house.

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History of Bangalow Guesthouse

The charming Bangalow Guesthouse has a fascinating and treasured past that is felt from the moment you arrive. We love to share this rich history, naming our luxurious suites after prominent figures in Bangalow.

In 1903 Joseph G. Snow purchased what is today Bangalow Guesthouse, naming it ‘The Rivers’ where he lived with his wife and 13 children. He was a prominent figure in the community, setting up a much-needed sawmill for the town. The J. G. Snow bridge,

adjacent to the property was named in his honor in 1948.

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. In 1912 the property passed to Scottish born Dr. John Stewart who had been in the Boer War as a Surgeon-Major. He ran his practice from ‘The Rivers’ until he volunteered in WWI.

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

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 practice and live at ‘Riverview’ until his death at 66 years of age.

Experience the rich history for yourself at Bangalow Guesthouse, where we proudly pioneer our heritage.