AFTER a six-month renovation and complete internal makeover, the 1880 Hotel will open its doors this week.
The former Edinboro Castle Hotel has been given a new lease on life after business partners and friends Jason and Tam Oates and Ross Clark and Nicci Muller bought it in October last year.
Mr Clark said an opportunity came along and the group grabbed it.
"We've all been drinking in pub since we were 18. We knew what it was capable of being and over time we converted it to this," he said.
Renovations began in January and Mr Clark said while at times the renovations had proven challenging, the process had been enjoyable and rewarding.
"Council were really good to work with, they were really helpful," he said.
Mrs Oates said the 1880 Hotel would have a a great vibe.
"It's going to have great food, lovely wines and spirits," she said.
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"If you wish to have a more intimate experience in the whisky bar, it's something nice and quiet.
"Nicole has been sourcing local musicians to support a really relaxing family foodie vibe. We've also got a vision for extension and greater variations as we progress."
Mrs Oates said the refurbishment had been a great family project.
"Nicole has two sons who are apprentice builders, I have a son who is an electrician who has worked on it," she said.
"The head electrician is one of our dearest school friends, we all went to school together back in the day. So the whole thing has been quite a family and local project with Ross and Nicole doing very hard yards."
Mr Clark said all the designs were done by Nikki and he builds it.
"Jason is the expert in liquor and alcohol, he's been in a lot of hotels in town."
Well-known Bathurst chef Jason Pears, has been recruited as head chef. Mrs Oates said they can't wait until the doors open.
"We want families to come, friends with little kids and big kids to come, our parents to come, want people to come and feel comfortable."
Mr Clark paid tribute to everyone involved in the renovation.
Ms Muller said every day during the renovation was something different.
"We didn't know what we'd uncover... as soon as you start to pull something apart, you'd think now how we going to fix it," she laughed.
She also said they had been overwhelmed with support during the project.
"We've been overwhelmed with support on Insta and Facebook and emails from people interested in working here," she said.
"People who have made contact after having a sneak peek in the door, just to say it looks amazing."