Edwina Bartholomew’s country hotel reno suffers major setback amid wild NSW weather: ‘Serious leaks’

By A. James for Daily Mail Australia

01:30 May 15, 2024, updated 01:32 May 15, 2024

Edwina Bartholomew’s plan to restore a dilapidated country hotel has suffered another setback.

The 40-year-old Sunrise presenter bought the heritage property in Carcoar, NSW last May and since then the restoration has been dogged by delays that have pushed the project back by six months.

And now Edwina has revealed that recent heavy rains in the area have caused extensive damage, damaging the building and increasing costs.

“We have had many storms in the area, which quickly revealed serious leaks in the roof,” says Edwina in a chat with Realestate.com.

She continues: ‘We suffered damage to our floors from a major leak in one of the skylights, we lost a few windows in a hailstorm and the plaster in one room is literally crumbling off the wall.

Edwina Bartholomew’s plan to restore a dilapidated country hotel has suffered another setback. The 40-year-old Sunrise presenter bought the heritage property in Carcoar, NSW last May and since then the restoration has been dogged by delays that have pushed the project back by six months. (Pictured)

“As a result, we have had to increase the amount of money we had allocated to cover even more surprises!”

Fortunately, Edwina was able to report that, after much delay, the municipal council has finally approved work on the development application for the monumental location.

Edwina said she and husband Neil Varcoe have started removing finishes and features, including removing old carpets, architraves and cornices.

And now Edwina has revealed that recent heavy rains in the area have wreaked havoc, damaging the building and driving up costs, Realestate.com reported on Tuesday. In the photo: Edwina and her husband Neil Varcoe

It comes after Edwina revealed there were challenges on the home front amid the renovation.

“We’ve had bronchitis, pneumonia and gastrointestinal issues on top of the usual planning delays, it hasn’t been pretty,” Edwina said in an interview with realcommercial.com.au last month.

“I joke that it’s a ‘s*** show’ because we’ve talked a lot about the waste water removal and the installation of the new septic. We’re just now starting with the fun things like paint colors.’

Edwina also said that after a long delay, she and husband Neil Varcoe have started ‘serious work’ on the building.

Edwina made headlines last year after listing her flashpad in Sydney’s inner west for $2.1 million in March 2023.

That same month, Edwina and Neil, who share Molly, four, and Tom, two, bought their new property in Carcoar, 251km from Sydney, for $2.1 million.

The newscaster-turned-owner said at the time that the couple encountered a number of hurdles along the way as the farm belongs to a protected heritage town.

The couple sold their home in Sydney’s Dulwich Hill last year to finance their renovation dream. Pictured: Edwina and Neil outside their estate

The project quickly got stuck amid all the necessary administrative hassle.

“We had optimistically hoped that we would be all hands on deck by now, but we are still in the planning stages,” she said.

‘We submitted the first DA, but quickly realized that we needed to tighten up many aspects, such as accessibility, fire and waste disposal.’

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Edwina added that the delays to the project mean that instead of opening next April as planned, she and Neil are now looking at a September opening.

Elsewhere in the chat, Edwina shared that the couple thought they might delay the opening until spring 2025.

In the meantime, Edwina shares her renovation process on social media.

In a recent video, the couple is seen cleaning the shabby hotel and discussing plans for its renovation, including a new house and a swimming pool.

The hotel, called Saltbush Farm, will be Edwina’s first ever commercial project.