Popular Lockyer Valley hotel launches wedding venue
THE Porters Plainland Hotel will host its first wedding at the weekend after completing a $8 million renovation that included building a 16-room motel and a function centre.
"The motel is going really well," marketing manager Mel Porter said.
"We could not be happier.
"Before the work started, we were confident we were building the right facilities in the right location, but we are surprised by how quickly the bookings started coming in.
"We have had some fully-booked nights and our occupancy rate is really high."
Spring heralds the start of wedding season, and Ms Porter said there were plenty of happy couples booked to tie the knot.
After the family-owned business pays off enough of the $8 million construction bill, it will add a small wedding chapel on the grassed area beside the pub.
"It will be where we hold our markets," Ms Porter said.
"If we do not build our own, we will look at relocating a lovely old chapel, but that is at least three to five years away."
The hotel has proven popular with guests visiting friends and family in the Lockyer Valley, travelling business people and tradies working on large, local projects.
"We even have locals having a staycation - a holiday in their own town," Ms Porter said.
Aside from the hotel and function centre, the renovation also saw the gaming room moved from within the main bar to a standalone building. This made room for a raised dining area, decorated with historic farming implements.
"The raised dining area is close to the kids' room, has a wagon wheel hanging above it and is a nice historic area of the hotel," Ms Porter said.
"It is definitely preferable to have gaming in its own area and the general dining area more exposed."
The Porters Plainland Hotel has been operated by the family since 1946 and they purchased its freehold title in 1976.