April Cornwell at her Kalbar luxury accommodation, Herrmann House

April Cornwell is the vision and energy behind the beautiful refurbishment of some of Kalbar’s most historic properties.

April, together with husband Paul, has overseen a two-year project to inject new life into the former Kalbar Methodist Church and most recently Herrmann House in George Street Kalbar.

It’s just one of a number of new businesses to open in Kalbar recently. Read more about the changes happening at Kalbar.

The White Chapel and Black Hall Kalbar are now being offered for weddings, christenings and other events, while Hermann House is available for luxury rural accommodation for groups up to eight adults.

The Cornwells moved Herrmann House from its original location just outside Kalbar and have undertaken a sympathetic renovation, connecting the homestead to another historic local cottage to create a large, luxurious property.

Herrmann House, named after its most recent owners Kate and Vince Herrmann, was built in the 1880s and was originally owned by Franz and Jacob Surawski.

April says she is proud to have been able to bring new life to the beautiful property, which she knows will make the perfect base for brides-to-be and their friends and family.

April and Paul have been visiting their Lake Moogerah farm for many years and in that time have found some favourite haunts for coffee, food and stunning views.

April shares her local’s knowledge on the best places to eat, drink and explore the region’s rich history.

The beautifully-restored Herrmann House Kalbar

My favourite Scenic Rim place to eat is …

The Royal Hotel Roadvale for one of their amazing (and naughty) burgers. We love to take our friends from the city out there . They always love the country atmosphere, the cold beer and fabulous gourmet burgers that they have. It’s a little secret spot!

My favourite Scenic Rim place to have coffee is …

Lovett Cafe at Kalbar. Lindsay and her guys always make the most consistently good coffee .

What I love about the Scenic Rim is ….

The way that the community wraps their arms around you like a big, warm country hug. They are the friendliest people around.

My favourite Scenic Rim view is …

I have never tired of the view from our farm at Lake Moogerah. We have magnificent views of Mount Moon and all of the surrounding mountains. Up there it’s easy to see why this region is called the ‘Scenic Rim’.

My favourite Scenic Rim walk is …

The walk to the Governors Chair Lookout in the Main Range national Park. The walk looks out over the Fassifern Valley. It’s absolutely beautiful.