This historic two storey double brick mansion was built in 1891 to house the London Chartered Bank. In 1893 it became the London Bank of Australia and later the English Scottish and Australian Banking Company. In 1942 the building was taken over by Goldsborough Mort. The 50sq building consists of a manager’s office, strong room and large banking chamber with magnificent old cedar and lead lighting. The residence consists of the managers quarters with a large dining room complete with cedar table, sideboards and marble fireplaces.
Ascending the cedar staircase to the first storey where there are two bedrooms with cedar trim, a fully modernized bathroom complete with spa bath and a sitting room that opens onto the balcony overlooking the main street of Hay. All doors of The Bank Bed and Breakfast are cedar with brass back plates and key hole covers. The remainder of the building has been beautifully maintained by the present owners.
Hay is basically 1/2 way between Adelaide and Sydney and so a convenient stop. The Bank (which is an old bank) is a very real alternative in both cost and comfort to the standard motels. Well appointed rooms with antiques maintained to a high standard. The owners are very capable and provide a fine breakfast. Hay itself has numerous interesting things to see and do. There is also a good cafe/takeaway across the street which provides good Thai food as well as standard Aussie food & pizza. The only thing that needs to be pointed out is that there is quite a flight of stairs to the room. Stayed August 2018, travelled as a couple
Returning home to Sydney from Broken Hill, the Bank B and B was a marvelous find after we raced across the Hay Plains at sunset. Our hostess Sally welcomed us into her majestic home, directed us to an excellent dinner at the Bishop’s Lodge Restaurant nearby, and fed us royally with breakfast in the Victorian dining room. The sitting room and bathroom were well appointed and the bedroom was very comfortable on a cold winter’s night. I look forward to staying at the bank again. Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple
Stopped outside this place on a previous trip and thought I would give it a go this time. Arrived at 9.30pm which was no problem for the host Sally. Just love the olde style bank building. It is right in the center of town. I found the room and bathroom perfect for my needs and taste as I love the older Victorian, high ceilings, staircases and halls. Has a welcoming sitting room for guests. After a great sleep I had a fantastic brekkie prepared by mine host Sally. I have been telling friends about this little secret and I will definitely stay there again. Also, great value. Stayed May 2015, traveled on business
– Grant P
A friend and I recently found ourselves with vehicle problems in Hay, outback NSW. We chose The Bank as it is a lovely building and we were not disappointed! Our bedroom was lovely, the guest sitting room was beautiful. Breakfast was wonderful in a gorgeous dining room downstairs. Our vehicle was not back on the road for 4 days so we ended up at The Bank for 4 nights! I can’t think of a nicer place to spend an enforced break in Hay. Thank you Sally! Should I find myself in Hay again there is nowhere else I would stay!! Stayed November 2018.
I have stayed here twice now and wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Hay. The building is amazing, the rooms huge, very clean and comfortable with everything you need. We are lucky that the owner and host Sally is willing to share this piece of history with us. Room Tip: Rooms are at the top of a magnificent flight of stairs. Stayed November 2017.
What a lovely change from the norm. Step into old world charm and country hospitality in one of hays earliest buildings. The 2 bedroom b&b would not look out of place as a mrs fisher murder mystery set, old world charm and decor in the bedroom, study and breakfast room. Great location in the heart of town with a very enjoyable Thai takeaway across the road which also does pizza and fish &chips. Stayed November 2017, travelled solo
A beautiful old bank filled with an amazing collection of art and antiques. Sally is a wonderful hostess and her breakfasts are something special. Stayed twice now and have enjoyed the experience each time. I travel extensively and it is refreshing to have somewhere unique to stay. Stayed August 2016.
Sally brings out the best in this grand old building, with its sky-high ceilings, equally tall windows, and beautiful furnishings. The ironed linen hand-towels are quite a treat, as is Sally’s generous cooked breakfast, complemented by her home-made compotes and jams. Stayed August 2015, traveled solo
It is like stepping back in time to enter this wonderful restoration of an historic bank in the heart of Hay. The welcome is in the details, from the delicate Shelley cups in which to make a cup of tea/coffee to the beaded jug covers over the water jug in the bedroom. The fabulous bathroom is shared between the 2 rooms. Comfort and luxurious atmosphere collide in this delightful B&B. Stayed December 2017, travelled solo
Just wow! We’ve stayed here twice and it has never disappointed! This time we brought my parents and they loved it. Vintage breakfast sets, seated at a beautiful 12 seater wood table, I should have worn by breakfast gown! the rooms are very comfortable and spacious, the bathroom come with a big jacuzzi and shower option. Sally is lovely and if you’re lucky you’ll meet the adorable Mulga who usually comes to greet you if you have bacon. Stayed December 2017
The perfect place to spend the night beautifully styled room’s. Amazing breakfast and a cute dog that quite enjoys bacon and pats. Easily one of the best places I have stayed at a must if you are spending the night in hay Stayed December 2016
– Bryden M
We stayed at the Bank for two nights in January, 3 generations travelling together. Grandparents had one room and we and our child had the other, with the beautiful sitting room to share. It was a very hot couple of days but the air conditioning was very effective. We were delighted with the historic grandeur, which is of the lived-in and welcoming variety. The ceilings were about the highest we’ve ever seen in a house! For the price, which includes breakfast, we felt this was a much better option than a motel. The hosts are very relaxed and pleasant. The beds were comfortable, and the rooms spacious and graciously appointed. If the other room is occupied you would be sharing a bathroom which may bother some, but as we were with family it wasn’t something we thought about. The Bank is situated in the main street up one end, but was quiet at night, so a great night’s sleep. We thought it was lovely and as we were there for a grandmother to show her grandchild where she grew up it just added to a very special trip. Stayed January 2015, travelled with family