The former Travellers Rest Inn was erected in 1849 for licencee John Primrose. This rectangular plan Colonial Georgian structure of rendered rubble granite was converted to a residence in 1865 for Jacob Hammerli who acquired the inn
and surrounding Paradise 4 Vineyard. The Travellers Rest Inn is the oldest surviving building in Batesford and one of the earliest constructed wayside inns in Victoria. This building which was strategically located at the ford crossing place of the Moorabool river served as a wayside inn for only a short time as the opening of the Ballarat Geelong railway line in April 1862 deprived the proprietors of most of the overnight custom. For many years the building was associated with the vineyards operated by Jacob Hammerli a noted district vigneron.
General Exemptions:General exemptions apply to all places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR). General exemptions have been designed to allow everyday activities, maintenance and changes to your property, which don’t harm its cultural heritage significance, to proceed without the need to obtain approvals under the Heritage Act 2017.Specific exemptions may also apply to your registered place or object. If applicable, these are listed below. Specific exemptions are tailored to the conservation and management needs of an individual registered place or object and set out works and activities that are exempt from the requirements of a permit. Specific exemptions prevail if they conflict with general exemptions. Find out more about heritage permit exemptions here.