SA Weekender stops in at Watervale Hotel

SA Weekender presenter Briony Hume with Watervale Hotel owners Nicola Palmer and Warrick Duthy. Photo: Facebook, by SA Weekender.

SA Weekender presenter Briony Hume with Watervale Hotel owners Nicola Palmer and Warrick Duthy. Photo: Facebook, by SA Weekender.

A stop at Skillogalee Winery and Restaurant saw SA Weekender make a detour to visit Watervale Hotel. 

Filming at Skillogalee then turned to an idea to visit Watervale Hotel and owners Nicola Palmer and Warrick Duthy took the crew through the historic buildings. 

Mr Duthy told Northern Argus with only a few hours to spare, they were lucky to get the crew to the hotel. 

“We are probably a bit lucky,” Mr Duthy said. 

He said the interview was based around a ‘work-in-progress’ style, as renovations to the 1868 built hotel are well underway. 

“Briony Hume (SA Weekender presenter) was rapt with what she saw.”

Mr Duthy said they spoke about the work already completed out the front of the hotel – the veranda are as well as the long-term vision for the hotel.

“It’s actually really comfortable (on the veranda), it’s a beautiful lunchtime stops. It can’t get any better than this.” 

The film crew also took to the formerly known ‘hell hole’ – the old gaol out the back where publicans, back in the day, could lock up unruly patrons until the police arrived. 

Mr Duthy said this would be renovated and provide another area for degustation events, group meals and more. 

Unsure when this segment will go to air, Mr Duthy said it was all a work-in-progress and would allow them to show the wider community just what was happening at Watervale Hotel.