Sitting on a small rise overlooking the Southern Highlands village of Moss Vale, it is impossible not to be curious about the life and history of this outstanding Georgian-style building. It was this same long-standing curiosity and admiration for the building that sparked the current owners’ dream of redeveloping it to create a sumptuous small art hotel in Moss Vale.
Whilst Moss Manor was originally developed in 1890 as Moss Vale council chambers and mayoral residence, it had various incarnations as both a private home and commercial premises from 1971 onwards.
The task of bringing Moss Manor to life was meticulously guided by Luke Moloney Architecture. Gallery owner Campbell Robertson-Swann completed the dream with wonderfully curated art in all the rooms and spaces.
Adding to the magnificent character of the old building, a large modern glass sitting room has been snuggled seamlessly on to the back. This room brings the outside in and opens up secret courtyards that are perfect for winding down with a glass of wine, protected by a canopy of trees in summer or warmed by a fiery brazier in our cooler months.
The result is an elegant space for the discerning guest, light and airy, warm in winter and cool in summer: eight rooms, all with ensuites, and gracious common areas and gardens.
Guided by a dream of creating a beautiful home away from home for travellers and explorers, owner and long-term resident of the Southern Highlands Louella Grattan-Smith worked in close collaboration with a group of talented and like-minded creatives.
Architect Luke Moloney, gallery director Campbell Robertson-Swan and stylist Jillian Boustred all combined to make this beautiful Moss Vale hotel a truly bespoke experience.
Moss Manor, the small art hotel, is truly a collage of these many moments and treasures the team has curated.
Luke commenced private practice in 2015 after years spent in award-winning architectural practices in Sydney and London. A friend and collaborator of the owner, Luke Moloney Architecture is a firm believer in the benefit of beautiful design in day to day life, with an approach that aims to make comfortable, elegant and sustainable places. He provided the amazing creativity that has restored and elevated an historic Southern Highlands building.
The beauty and imagination of art is part of the soul of Moss Manor. Campbell Robertson-Swan, Sculptor and Director of Defiance Gallery, has curated a collection of works by revered Australian artists.
Campbell will continue to curate exciting collections of painting and sculpture throughout the year, bringing an ever-changing roster of vitality and excitement to the exquisite interiors of our boutique Southern Highlands accommodation.
Jillian Boustred is the creative drive behind her eponymous Sydney-based fashion label - leading the way in locally made and ethical practices. She played a major role in creating the exquisite interiors that give Moss Manor its charm.
As the future of fashion unfolds, Jillian believes it is our job to question and deconstruct the norm of accepted fashion processes and establish new ones to help pave a more responsible way forward: a path that values the protection of people and our planet while honouring the creativity and individual expression that comes with the art of fashion.
At Moss Manor, we express our commitment to our community in a myriad ways, including by sourcing locally. We choose toiletries from Two Good, to support and empower women who have a lived history of domestic violence. We also choose WGAC for our bathrooms, and our food waste goes to feed the chickens on a local farm.
Moss Manor takes the health of its guests and community very seriously. As such, we adhere strictly to government policies and procedures to protect our guests and staff from Covid.