About The Old Laravale School

The Old Laravale School has been privately owned since 2015.

According to the Lonely Planet Guide the picturesque Scenic Rim region

of SE Qld is in the top 10 regions to visit, number 8 actually.

We are just over 1 hour from the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane.

The Old Laravale School is an excellent choice for small groups looking

for a unique venue for sewing, scrapbooking, craft, yoga,

wellness, training or workshop retreats.

Weekend and mid-week retreats are available for you & your friends to experience an authentic country style stay, located just south of the township of Beaudesert.

The Buildings

Willmann House - In September 2019 we relocated an old farmhouse from

Wolffdene and spent 18 months renovating ( a little longer,

ok a LOT longer than we originally thought )

to become your charming group accommodation. 

Errisvale Rooms - the old school classrooms make an excellent workroom,

conveniently located adjacent to Willmann House.

Dorothy's Cottage - We live in a sweet worker's cottage at the opposite

end of the school. Dorothy's Cottage was relocated from Beaudesert in 2016.

I am close by, but far enough away to maintain your privacy.


The original 1 room school opened in 1900 as the Errisvale Provisional School

with an enrolment of 15 students. 

It became Laravale State School in 1907.

The original building was extended in the late 1950s & then again

in the late 60s to include a library and staff room, pretty much as it is today.

The school ceased being used as a Primary School in the late 2000s,

and was utilised by the Beaudesert High School until the end of 2012.

The Old Laravale School sat unoccupied until we purchased it in October 2015.

Wikipedia mentions the name changes too


Who meets here?

The Scenic Rim Astronomy Group meets on the oval twice each month.

If your stay coincides with a viewing night, you are welcome to pop down

and have a look through the telescopes.

Private viewings can also be pre-booked by clicking on Let's Chat.

Sewing With Wendy runs regular sewing classes & workshops in the

Audrey Room of the old school building.

The Scenic Sewers Group of the Australian Sewing Guild

meets here fortnightly on Friday evenings.

Other groups also meet here from time to time.

Easy parking in front of Willmann House for unloading & access to the school
Your spacious retreat workroom
Large loungeroom for gathering
Outdoor dining on the verandah of Willmann House
The Old Laravale School
Magnificent views