Cook St, Flinders Vic 3929
(03) 5989 0201 or www.flindershotel.com.au
After a three-year development process, Rothelowman has completed a $10M restoration and extension of the Flinders Hotel, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Designed and executed in three stages, the vision for the site is now fully realised, with the final stage of the project, the boutique hotel facility Quarters, commencing trading in late 2012.
Originally built in 1889 as a large double-storey building to house up to 100 guests, the first Flinders Hotel tragically burnt to the ground in 1926. Rebuilt and re-opened in 1928, the hotel has undergone a number of renovations and adaptions since then.
Purchased by the Inge family in 2008, the Hotel soon began what was to be its most significant changes since its rebuild in the 1920s. Commencing in 2009, ROTHELOWMAN and owner and builder Zig Inge completed The Deck, a bistro and bar space comprised of 80 indoor and 80 outdoor settings. Following The Deck, a more formal restaurant, Terminus, was completed in 2011, along with Peninsula, a function and conference space catering for up to 120.
Rothelowman’s design for the brand new 40-room boutique hotel maximised the use of timber beams and glass windows, changing the focus from the inside of the hotel to its surrounding environment. Andrew Wales, Associate Principal of Rothelowman, says the Inge family were clear they wanted the hotel to reflect the relaxed nature of Flinders. “It was important that our design was sensitive to the town and its environment. The rugged coastal scenery of the town itself provided ample inspiration for our design framework”. Less than a year after opening, Terminus was awarded one chef hat in the 2013 Good Food Guide, its review dubbing the new venture “a runaway success”.
Karen Inge, Director of the Flinders Hotel Karen Inge says that the site has over 120 years of stories to tell. “In conjunction with the work of Rothelowman, we’re proud to be part of the Hotel’s ongoing legacy”.