Sunrise star Edwina Bartholomew’s long-suffering husband Neil Varcoe appears tired as the couple begin extensive renovations on their historic hotel
Edwina Bartholomew revealed some exciting news on Tuesday when she unveiled the ‘first plans’ for her latest project The Victoria.
The Sunrise presenter-turned-flipper, 39, and her husband Neil Varcoe purchased the historic hotel in Carcoar earlier this year with grand plans to reopen it.
Now the pair have shared their landscape designs with their Instagram followers, as the newsreader gushed over her vision for the 177-year-old country hotel.
‘Today is a very exciting day. We received the first plans for the garden at The Victoria from Studio UC,’ Edwina wrote alongside a reel of design photos.
However Neil appeared less than excited in the pictures, after the father-of-three previously expressed reservations about the laborious project.
Edwina’s caption continued, ‘They are exactly what we envisioned. Imagine a beautiful kitchen garden, outdoor cooking and eating space, an orchard with chickens, an imaginative play area for kids and lots of birch trees, roses and natives.’
She added: ‘We have a year and a bit of work ahead of us but it really feels like the plans are taking shape and we can begin the transformation.’
The Victoria landscape plans showed Edwina’s plans to create sprawling gardens as well as outdoor dining and entertainment areas across the property.
Her vision board, which she also shared with followers, created an image of old country-style living with a long dining table outdoors and rundown fences.
Edwina and her husband, who share children Molly, three, and Tom, one, purchased the dilapidated property in rural NSW for $2.1million in March.
In a video posted to Instagram in June, the journalist gushed over the project and awkwardly attempted to get Neil excited about it.
‘We just bought this house to turn into a hotel. Do we know anything about running a hotel?’ Edwina said with a wide smile as they stood outside the rundown building.
With his hands buried in his pockets, Neil replied in a deadpan voice: ‘No, we don’t.’
The two-storey historical building was built in 1846 with a stunning architectural design which includes a beautiful balcony and French windows.
Edwina and Neil plan to film the hotel’s renovation and turn it into a web series for Instagram.
However, it’s unclear how much time they can spend on the project as Edwina and their children will continue to stay in Sydney during the week for her work at Sunrise.
Meanwhile, Neil, who recently left his job at Twitter following Elon Musk’s takeover, will move to Capertee Valley.
He will be working there as the ‘chief farming officer’ at Warramba – the 1890s farm he and Edwina lovingly restored several years ago.
It is almost a two-hour drive away from Carcoar and three hours west of Sydney.