Operator sought for 130-year old Edenvale Homestead

Published on 21 September 2022

People eating on the veranda of the Edenvale Tea Rooms photo credit Chad Gerber.jpg

Expressions of interest are being sought from businesses looking to operate a hospitality venue in the 130+ year-old award-winning Edenvale Homestead at the Edenvale Heritage Precinct in Pinjarra.  

The Edenvale Homestead is one of the most iconic and historic buildings in the Peel Region, and comes with more than a century of unique Western Australian history baked into its walls.

Originally built by Edward McLarty in the 1880s, the Edenvale Homestead (formerly operated as the Edenvale Heritage Tea Rooms), is home to a range of historic and culturally significant buildings. The Precinct is a remnant of a nineteenth-century rural village retaining its character of heritage architecture, homestead gardens, timber fences and barns. It was once home to Sir Duncan Ross McLarty who was Western Australia Premier from 1947 to 1953.

The building already has a commercial kitchen and is at the heart of a bustling and busy precinct which also includes a museum, art gallery, art and craft shop and beautifully preserved heritage buildings.

The Shire of Murray is looking to attract interested and suitably qualified operators who can offer a unique experience for residents and visitors that complement the Precinct.

Shire CEO Dean Unsworth said, “the Edenvale Heritage Precinct is a heritage, arts and cultural landmark within the Shire of Murray. This EOI is a great opportunity to be part of the story and to contribute to the next chapter of the Homestead.”

Pinjarra is the primary commercial centre for the Murray Region and is set for an increase in population in the coming years. The Western Australian Planning Commission expects the Peel Region to become one of the most populated areas outside of Perth, with a projected population of 444,000 by 2050.  Much of this growth is anticipated to be accommodated within the Murray Region strengthening Pinjarra as a major regional centre. Planning is underway to consolidate this growth within the Pinjarra Town Centre which is expected to accommodate up to 20,000 people within walking or cycling distance of the town centre.

Those interested can find out more about the opportunity at yoursay.murray.wa.gov.au