Many Peaks hotel back as a grand social hub

HUB VISION: Owners Bridget and Wayne Barker with children Isabella and Christopher at the Grand Hotel, Many Peaks, in the Boyne Valley.
HUB VISION: Owners Bridget and Wayne Barker with children Isabella and Christopher at the Grand Hotel, Many Peaks, in the Boyne Valley. Nicky Moffat

BOYNE Valley institution the Grand Hotel, in Many Peaks, is returning to its former glory as the social hub of the area, after new owners Bridget and Wayne Barker took over in March.

The couple were looking for a family project when they discovered the hotel for sale in the heart of the beautiful Boyne Valley, Mr Barker said.

They moved from Calliope and haven't looked back.

Take the drive to Many Peaks Hotel, as it is affectionately known, and you'll find a laidback, welcoming atmosphere.

The hotel offers camp sites with amenities as well as double and single rooms, and is open from 10am until late, seven days a week.

A home-cooked menu with a focus on seafood is on offer from Thursday to Sunday.

"I'm a real homebody," said Mrs Barker.

"So that probably explains why it's all home-cooking."

No processed food is served, with the exception of chips, according to Mrs Barker.

Locals say the atmosphere at the hotel is now warm and lively, and family-centred.

"I absolutely love it," said Frank McKee, president of the Builyan and Many Peaks Community Development Association.

"It's getting back to what it used to be like - an absolute retreat for families and the social hub of the Valley."

The Barkers have so far done minor redecorations, and installed an ATM.

ON THE MENU

  • Fisherman's basket, crumbed from scratch
  • Fish burger
  • Seafood burger, with fish, calamari rings and prawns
  • Chicken, avocado and bacon burger
  • Chicken schnitzel, marinated and crumbed
  • Steak sandwich
  • $12.50 roast pork, lamb, beef or chicken or other special dinner on Fridays