Hotel Giveaway in Australia
Credit: Courtesy of Bethungra Hotel B&B

Why stay at a hotel when you can just own one instead?

The owners of the historic Bethungra Shirley Hotel near Cootamundra, in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia, are giving away their property to the best applicant with a vision for the place’s future. All it will cost is an application fee of A$100 (about $73 USD).

Robyn and Allan Cox, current owners of the hotel, originally bought the place for A$470,000 (about $341,000 USD) in 2014 and are now deciding to move away, according to Lonely Planet. They are hoping the building will serve the community and are open to applicants’ ideas.

At the moment, the Coxes have a campaign going on Facebook to spread the word of the “giveaway.” The place is considered a great space for a B&B, wedding venue, pub, restaurant, cafe, open garden or high tea.

On the Facebook page, potential applicants can also find interior photos of bedrooms (there are 13 in all) and communal rooms, as well as exterior shots of the gardens (of which, there are two).

The Coxes, in addition to the building, will also throw in the cost of furniture and settlement fees to lower expenses for the new owner, in order to foster their dream venue. So far, the Coxes have received many creative ideas for the place.

“The list is as long as your arm. We get a lot of the usual ideas from the hospitality industry, because the building is designed for the hospitality industry. But we’re all getting a lot of dreams coming out because there is no overhead. When you don’t have the expenses you can let your dreams go wild,” Robyn Cox said to Lonely Planet.

According to Lonely Planet, the Coxes need 20,000 applicants in order to cover their own costs, but they aren’t worried about making their goal. If they do exceed it, they plan on going to the local hospital or community board to donate the extra funds.

The Facebook page is up and running but the application site is still underway. Hopefully, the couple will have it up and running by December. “We’re just as excited as everyone else to see who’s going to end up with it,” Robyn Cox told Lonely Planet.

To stay updated, like the Apply for my home Hotel Shirley B&B Bethungra page.