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The Annie Lansell Room

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Large room with King bed and ensuite.

The Dame Nellie Melba Room

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

It was originally known as the Keyhole room when the Banks Family purchased it as they had no history to it. They have since found out that Prince Edward stayed in this room in 1917 when he came to thank the Australian people for their participation in the first world war. It was his mother Queen Victoria who suggested that he stay at her old friend, George Lansell’s house. You will notice on the front gate a crown which represents that Royalty has stayed at Fortuna. This room is known as the Dame Nellie Melba Room as she was a regular visitor to Fortuna. Her piano takes pride of place in the main foyer of Fortuna. She once had George turn off the stampers as she couldn’t sleep. However, the townsfolk of Bendigo requested that they be turned back on, as they in turn couldn’t sleep. It had apparently become quite soothing for the townsfolk to hear the echoes of George’s stampers crushing the quartz at night. The original bath is now a museum piece. You will notice its lovely marble features and other elements that were way before their time. Prime Ministers and Governor Generals have stayed in this room and now it’s your turn!

The Edith Lansell Room

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Edith Lansell’s Bedroom Edith was George Lansell’s second wife. His first wife Bedelia was once George’s maid who later fell in love with him. However, Bedelia could not handle the wealth, dignitaries or the pressure of George’s success and turned to the bottle which lead to her untimely death. Edith on the other hand was a strong woman, who raised six children and managed George’s affairs with great success after his death. The window that adjoins the main foyer is the original back of the modest two-story home that Lansell purchased in 1871, which he bought off the German New Yorkers, Messrs T Ballerstedt and sons. It was a communications room of the military hence the false ceiling, with the marble fireplace once painted peach. The ensuite was also once the pay room for all military personnel, it features a clawfoot bath and beautiful leadlight windows. It has been lovingly bought back to life by the Banks family and it should give the aroma of roses, which were Edith’s favourite flower.

The Fortuna Apartment

Room Configuration: 2 Bedroom
Max Guests: 4   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 2 Bedroom
Max Guests: 4   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

You have entered the maids’ quarters and, on this occasion, you don’t have to do anything! During the military days, the main bedroom and nursery was the sergeants bar and mess hall. On the right handside of the passageway is the billon room which has tunnel to the crushing room that is downhill and has railway tracks. Lansells quartz would then be transported underground and stored. Although very shroud in buying and creating mines it was Lansells uncanny knack of holding billon in his strong room and waiting on the market to excel. The lounge area was a very formal area in Lansells era and formed part of the original modest two-story home built by the Ballstedt family. The German, New Yorkers sadly sold Fortuna Villa to George for the sum of £20,000 and he went onto become the world’s richest man. Sleeps four people with a king size bed and two singles.

The Garden Cottage

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Once known as the kitchen and laundry for the Lansell family it was the engine room of keeping all things grand at Fortuna Villa. Later years during the military occupation it became the gardeners cottage and was headquarters for some of our finest green thumbs one of those being Frank Winzar who was head gardener at Fortuna Villa for over 30 years. Ken Maes later joined him and served for 20 years. It was later taken over by current head gardener Ian Reid who we were luckily enough to inherit when we purchased Fortuna from the military. Ian has worked at Fortuna Villa for 15 years. Sadly, Ian lost his garden shed for you to enjoy and has since moved to the P hut. It was fully restored in 2020 and makes for a very cosy self-contained environment.

The Lansell Suite

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

The Blue Room was most known as George Lansell’s Library. Prior to becoming a library, it was George’s first ever snooker room and overlooked his favourite monument, the beautiful Pompeii Fountain. It has a 9 metre well under the bay windows and tunnels below that once connected to various parts of Bendigo, they have since been sealed. You will notice the concrete pillars in the floor, these are the foundations of the tunnel’s underneath, the larger pad near the bed was used to hold George’s safe. The Blue Room was the first bedroom to be renovated by the Banks Family. The two antique armchairs are original furnishings from the heyday of Fortuna Villa. It also has a kitchenette that is fitted with a range of modern conveniences.

The Nursery

Room Configuration: 3 bedroom
Max Guests: 6   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 3 bedroom
Max Guests: 6   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Offering three queen sized bedrooms The Nursery was home of the Lansell boys and nannies, the nursery was a hive of activity. The Mansard attic was the playroom which once housed a fully-fledged carousel and a walk in doll’s house! George and Edith Lansell had five boys: Leonard, George, Horace, Eric and Cyril. Leonard Lansell was a very well-respected colonel in the army and died in Toorak at the age of 75. Sir George Lansell was a businessman, liberal politician and philanthropist. He was chairman of the Sandhurst Trustees and owned several newspapers. Horace Lansell was a grazier in Moulamien and Serpentine and served in WW1 with distinction. Eric Lansell sadly died from leukaemia at the age of ten years old (1891-1901). Cyril Lansell (the youngest) was a farmer based in Corowa with an extensive land holding. A lot of fun was to be had in between these walls. Please ensure you keep up the reputation.

The Penthouse

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

The Princess Ruby Room

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Room Configuration: 1 Bedroom
Max Guests: 2   |  No children permitted   |  No infants permitted

Welcome to the Princess Ruby room it was known in Lansell’s era as a dignitaries suite and one of the very first rooms to have an en suite. George Lansell’s mining managers would often stay in this room along with Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, and other political and business leaders. It is now the room of my princess and daughter Ruby Kalkidan Banks born in Ethiopia raised and truly loved in Australia since the age of one by parents and brothers. This room has plethora of love, hope, and welcomes any princess that stays.

22-48 Chum Street, Bendigo Victoria 3550, Australia

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