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If your ambition is ignited by the thought of owning your own small  luxury hotel our concept of that may well be something for you to consider.

Our CIRCA started back in 2012 when Ririn and I returned to Australia and decided to take our combined 50 years of hotel experience and create our own little hotel group. The idea was to prove our concept of merging the best aspects of a B&B, a day spa, a retail outlet and a coffee shop into a small luxury hotel. An Australia wide search was conducted for the first CIRCA and after visiting countless towns and inspecting over a dozen properties, in 2013 we purchased the former Rural Bank building in Corowa, NSW. "Why Corowa?" has been a question that has been asked and answered a thousand times since we started the huge task of taking an almost derelict building and turning it into the stunning property that it now is. Apart from satisfying 12 locational factors that we applied and rationalizing that if the concept would work in Corowa, it would work in numerous other destinations, it was the beauty and potential that we saw in the town and the amazing region that surrounds Corowa. Since opening that first property we have learnt much, experienced unusual and evolving times and come to what we believe is the right business model for the times. We believe that we can not only transform a small aspect of the hotel industry, but, as has been evidenced over the last 10 years, transform the perception of a small town or even a regional city, providing job opportunities and careers for locals, and provide such locations with a truly world class hospitality venue.

CIRCA 1936 in Corowa now operates under a License Agreement.

CIRCA 1928 in Albury which opened in July 2019 and may in time be operated under a License Agreement by new operators - is that operator YOU?

Part of the growth plan for our company means continuing to join together with people just  like us, people who have a passion for the hospitality industry and a genuine concern for the conservation of significant and historic buildings. If you are such a person as that and are interested in having your very own CIRCA to own and operate; if you currently own an historic building or unique building that would make an ideal CIRCA, have one in your sights or would like to let us develop one for you to operate, then contact us now to inquire about becoming a Member Hotel, whereby you can own and operate your own independent Hotel under the CIRCA brand. For full details email:

Current members:

CIRCA 1936 - Corowa

CIRCA 1928 - Albury

Ririn and Kevin Yaxley


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