Constructed in 1897, Rohais was built in the Queen Anne style for a Mr Guppy, who worked as a local saddler. Over the years, ‘Rohais House” has continued to be a part of the Guildford community, being used as the ‘Wells Rest Home’ from 1964 to 1981 and then the Foothills School from 1982 till 2000 when it was bought by the current owners, Jon and Shelley.
Now known as Guildford River Retreat, this Heritage listed Federation house has been lovingly restored over the past twenty years to its original standing. First bought as a place to raise their children, Jon and Shelley have created a boutique hotel which boasts a rural setting within the city to escape. Jon and Shelley are passionate about two things: providing you with a great stay, and the environment, which is reflected by the way Guildford River Retreat is run. Jon is a keen gardener, specialising in cycads as can be seen in the extensive gardens. Shelley, your host, aims to go above and beyond to help you with whatever you need. Together they have created a haven within the city where you can visit, recharge and rest.