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Million dollar upgrade for WorldMark Ballarat

WorlldMark Resort Ballarat

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has spent AUD$1.3 million upgrading the WorldMark Resort Ballarat.

One of Victoria’s grandest mansions, WorldMark Resort Ballarat has been enhanced with a million dollar refurbishment on all rooms and common areas.

The grand building, which has been operating as WorldMark Resort Ballarat since 2003 is set on 55 acres and one of 23 WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham vacation ownership properties managed by Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.

It was built in 1878 and the old-war manor Federation and Victorian inspired architecture has attracted the property a heritage listing. In the early 1900s the building was used for the St Joseph’s Boys Home and has significant historical importance to the area.

The elegance and heritage of the property was maintained throughout the renovations with many features including a historic tulip motif on the tiles that was integrated into the new design theme in the architraves, stained glass and fabrics.

All rooms now have a new vibrant colour scheme, timber furnishings and modern fixtures which complement the heritage culture of the property. The accommodation now features new LCD televisions and upgraded modern kitchen appliances.

Barry Robinson, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific CEO and Managing Director said: “Our company prides itself on providing quality accommodation to our owners and invests significant resources into high standard refurbishments. The WorldMark South Pacific Club in the last 12 months has invested almost $4 million in property updates and additionally has $16.5 million reserved in its sinking fund for future refurbishments.”

Marion Smart, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s Senior Vice President of Property Development and Resort Operations said WorldMark Resort Ballarat has been in the process of the major refurbishment since October 2010 with all work completed in August 2011.

“It has been with great affection that this beautiful heritage building has been lovingly refurbished to retain its original charm,” she said.

“It was important for us to maintain the heritage and the history of this grand mansion while creating a modern edge that would complement the inspiring architecture and examples of Art Nouveau that are reflected in the building.”

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