The Nambucca valley is stunning, so if you haven’t visited, then you really need to do so.
The story of our motel
‘The Beach Rooms’ were formerly known as the iconic ‘Blue Dolphin Motel’. In its heyday this 60’s coastal classic was famous for being the motel on the hill with the million dollar view, as stated on the peeling sign. It was the place to stay back in the day, be it for your honeymoon or just your quintessential road trip stop over.
The Blue Dolphin was built in 1967 by Esme and Mick Hinton, but fell into disrepair over the decades. Paul and Shannon were the local duo that spotted potential in the old motel that had been lying dormant for years, having watched it as teenagers.
We purchased it in 2020 with a of vision of bringing the 60’s motel back from its original footprint, and the community support was overwhelming. After a 2 year complete renovation of every room, the motel has been lovingly transformed into stylish boutique accommodation. The formula was to be bold, casual, and glamourous at the same time. But to retain the warmth and personality of this coastal motel.
The Motel now blends original brick, exposed blockwork, polished concrete, and timber panelling with accents of charcoal and white. From the moment you enter, the extensive floor to ceiling glass creates a feeling of open-ness and transparent living that brings the outside in. There is nod to mid-century design in this clean and enduring style. And with the glamorous restoration of our dilapidated 60’s kidney shaped pool there was certainly some channelling of the now so popular palm springs style.
Retro motels have made a huge comeback, and The Beach Rooms have been featured in many write ups including 2 Australian Traveller magazines and Sydney Time Out Magazine.