Luxury in the heart of Ballarat
As seen on Restoration Australia
Searching for a somewhere serene to escape the everyday?
Dust off the suitcases because the beautiful Battista, set in the heart of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, is just the space (and tonic) you need.
In short, five-star luxury in a regional setting awaits. Some might even say Battista is heaven-sent.
As seen on Restoration Australia (view the episode here), the former Ballarat Baptist Church has been fully-restored and perfectly preserved to offer unique, luxury accommodation.
And, it’s still a place to gather, care and share.
Inside, the walls are adorned with epic artwork (it feels like strolling through your own private gallery, there’s a bath to soak the day away, a reading nook and two living zones.
Also awaiting your arrival, a swish kitchen stocked with loads of gourmet goodies, and if you really want to bunker down, room service is available.
If you feel like venturing out, the location puts you within easy reach of Ballarat’s best where there’s plenty to keep you entertained. The city itself will charm you, and offers many more reasons to stay – history, heritage, art, food and wine – this place has it all.
As you can imagine, this was no minor (or ordinary for that matter) project, with the cost of the renovation more than $2 million.
Owner Michael Whitehead has brought the place back to life in a bid to preserve the building’s history. Dr Whitehead has been working on the restoration since 2019 and, well, decided to ‘altar’ as he saw fit in a bid to save one of Ballarat’s most beautiful buildings.
Derelict for more than a decade and a home to vermin, Dr Whitehead relished the chance to show some love to the CBD icon, known for its former church, nightclub and restaurant days, and its column façade.
Read more on the restoration here
Indulge the senses
Perched within the Central Highlands of Victoria, Ballarat will charm you and charm you good.
The regional city is steeped in colonial-era heritage, has gorgeous green spaces explore, not to mention the food, wine and events.
And, the place is booming. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing communities in the country.
Step back in time and get lost in the history of one of Victoria’s largest regional cities. You’ll find everything you could want, from fine dining and world-class shopping to the best of outdoor adventures and indoor experiences.
Lose yourself in the history and magic of regional Victoria.