The Eltham Hotel, A Country Gem Revived

Sarah Geha

May 06, 2021

A gorgeous piece of Australian history at 130 years old, The Eltham Hotel has been thoughtfully revived by owners, Julia Ashwood (of the renowned travel blog The Vista), Julia's husband Matt Rabbidge & business partner Luke Sullivan, who have recently celebrated their one year anniversary at the hotel. 

A Homage to Inspiring Women

The hotel features five accommodation rooms, each room has been uniquely refurbished as an ode to a strong female figure from the region. Julia created room concepts to compliment the story of each of these women, including; a station master, a film star & a botanist. The result is a delightful collection of spaces which both work together and exude individuality.  

Image: Created by Mockturtle Design, using Porter's Interno Lime Wash in a mix of colours 'Kuchianashi' and 'Cashmere'


Colour Statement

Julia worked with Melbourne based speciality applicators Mockturtle Design to create unique colour statements in each room. Their combined vision and talent brought to life by exclusively using Porter’s Paints colour & products to treat the walls.

Image: This magnificently moody room features Interno Lime Wash in a mix of custom colours. ​ ​

Authentically Regional

Adding to the character and charm of the rooms are the antique furniture pieces, the majority of which are pre-loved finds from the region, meticulously sourced by Julia herself. 

Image: Colour 'Jodphur Blue' in Eggshell Finish with detailing in Aqua Satin 'Cashmere' 


A beautiful rose and bird mural features in one of the rooms, painted using Porter's Paints by artist Leah Fraser. 

Image: Lounge Pink in Eggshell Finish

(A custom colour available on request)