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Rutherglen, Victoria
10 Rooms, 20+ Guests
Built Circa 1927
From $1,400/night
Rutherglen Convent

The transformation


This building was originally constructed in 1927-28. In Over its 90 plus years it has seen many exciting moments in Rutherglen’s history.

In 2019 it was purchased by current owners Ben and Michael, who are both carpenters and along with their families have holidayed in Rutherglen for over 15 years. Being passionate about older buildings it was hard to resist the temptation when it was listed for sale. After lengthy discussions and countless hours of dreaming just how grand the previously run-down building could be again, they got our families together and decided to make this dream come true.

Over the next 15 months, they would work countless hours transforming it back to what you see today. Throughout this period they had great times and their partners and children fell in love with the building and its township as well.

There were of course times they really questioned “why” they were doing this. Sometimes this question seemed difficult to answer. During these times, they had to hold on to their passion for the building and its surrounds. They knew they had to save it from deteriorating and by turning it in to a place that can be enjoyed by others, they have been able to ensure its future preservation for years to come.

The experience of staying at this historic convent really is like no other.

As you may be understand this building was never designed as a home, however they are constantly improving the convent to be an enjoyable and comfortable space for guests to stay.

Coming soon

What’s next?


As part of our extensive original planning application an exciting second stage is now being designed.

Stage 2 shall see the existing school outbuildings transformed into a distillery space that will include café and restaurant facilities. The plan is to offer a vibrant and comfortable space that can be enjoyed by many in the heart of Rutherglen’s township. We will be working with designers to create a mixture of indoor and outdoor spaces that will be inclusive for everyone.

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Key Points

The Restoration

Labour of Love
After countless hours of dreaming on just how grand the previously run down building could be again we decided to make this dream come true.

Purchase of property and grounds and heavily reinvested into renovation works so far.

History Preserved

We have worked extensively with specialised trades persons to have original parts restored or reproduced for future generations.

Windows & Walls
All windows restored. Entire building was repainted inside and out. Extensive Solid plaster and render repairs.
Flooring throughout was sanded and re-oiled. Luxurious new carpet installed in all bedrooms.
Modern Upgrades

Building was completely electrically rewired. Heating and cooling installed. Renewed plumbing throughout.

Rutherglen Convent

Rutherglen Convent
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Jeff Forrest
Jeff Forrest
22:02 16 May 22
What an amazing job these guys have done in returning life back to the place GREAT JOB.
Emily Harris
Emily Harris
01:06 10 Apr 22
The Rutherglen Convent was perfect for our large group. Lots of space and everything worked perfectly. We loved the... character and charm of the convent, with respect shown to its heritage yet updated beautifully with top quality. I would highly recommend a stay at this stunning venue.read more
Tess Murphy
Tess Murphy
01:17 13 Dec 21
Thoughtfully, tastefully and well crafted restoration to a unique piece of history to the area. What delight to stay!... We stayed with large group and the Convent had not only the space we needed but also the intimacy for dinners and balmy nights chatting around the fire pit. We would definitely recommend and will be back to enjoy again in the future!read more
Dominique Pringle
Dominique Pringle
00:45 26 Nov 21
Incredibly warm, inviting space. You’ll feel right at home the moment you walk in to the convent. Waking up to birds... chirping and crisp white sheets. Great facilities, brand new bathrooms, so clean. Excellent for a trip with friends or family.read more
Hannah Miller
Hannah Miller
10:24 06 Oct 21
Wow, what a place! Rutherglen Convent is beautiful and a fantastic place to stay with friends and family. The convent... has been beautifully restored and is so full of character and charm. It is also perfectly situated, being only a short stroll from shops, restaurants and pubs. We would definitely recommend staying here and will be back for another visit soon hopefully!read more
Sue Kennedy
Sue Kennedy
03:12 01 Oct 21
Wow what a beautiful place to spend a few days , the accommodation was great and right in the heart of Rutherglen. So... much to see & do. Could not recommend more highlyread more
Strokes nLines
Strokes nLines
10:56 30 Sep 21
I have had the pleasure of staying at The Convent on several occasions, from the beginning of the restorations to its... current restored glory.The convent is rich, in not only its history but also the country atmosphere , making it a truly unique place to accommodate any gathering however big or small.My last visit was like walking through a welcoming home, large enough to contain the history of old & beautifully restored to bring in the exciting future of the new.This place is where memories were made & beautiful moments will be shared.read more
Hayley Coviello
Hayley Coviello
23:11 29 Sep 21
The Rutherglen convent is completely unique. With the history still flowing through the buildings, extravagant... architecture, the character has been beautifully and respectfully restored to make these buildings not just accommodation, but also a work of art. I cannot recommend this place more highly, the warmth, beauty, functionality and comfort will bring you and your family and or friends a magical experience. I can’t wait to get back there for a visit!read more
Tayler Angus
Tayler Angus
22:14 28 Sep 21
Beautifully restored building with plenty of room for large groups to stay. Feel quite privileged to have been able to... stay in such an amazing building. The location is perfect, we were able to walk into town each day and its got a number of wineries close by for those wanting to experience the local wine region. Highly recommend for those looking to stay with Family and Friends!!read more
Shelly Jam
Shelly Jam
23:49 27 Sep 21
We stayed at the beautiful Rutherglen convent for a week over last New Years. The place itself is so thoughtfully... restored and the beds are really comfortable. All the amenities are new and in great condition. A great place to stay with friends, family and children. Close to heaps of delicious wineries and a short walk to the local pool or drive to the river if you need a dip. 10/10 would recommendread more
Fred Porter
Fred Porter
12:38 27 Sep 21
Wonderfully restored historical building in Rutherglen, Victoria. Book the entire convent with Airbnb. Great for groups... and extended families.read more
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50-74 High Street, Rutherglen, Victoria 3685.
Rutherglen is just a 3 hour drive north of Melbourne, Australia.

The Rutherglen Convent is built on the lands of the Yorta Yorta people and we wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.