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.
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.