The two storey bluestone structure has a chamfered corner form with quoin-work around the corners. There is a two storey rear wing with two tier verandah, a single storey rear wing and an extensive isolated bluestone stained block.
It is a fine example of provincial hotel architecture and survives from early times. The stone construction and intact nature of the whole complex is important. The buildings stand as virtually the sole survivor of what must have once been a sizeable community.
Legends and folklore tell tales of murder, robbery and shootings. Reports of occurrences include apparitions, strange sounds, movement and assaults! - Some driving owners and licensees away. The hotel has been referred to as Australia's most haunted hotel. It is said that three ghosts haunt the premises. Click below to hear the poem "Clarkfield's Chinese Ghost" written and performed by Carol Reffold.
Visitors are welcome to view the history and records of
the hotel which are kept in a display folder behind the
bar. Ask our friendly staff.
The hotel's association with coaching is notable and manifested by the extensive stable block.
These days the stable block is used as an entertainment area for private functions, weddings, corporate events, and has it's own fully functioning bar.
The Coach & Horses Inn is situated just 40 minutes from Melbourne via the Tullamarine on the Sunbury-Lancefield road. It is a must to visit.
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Built in 1857 the hotel once served as the first Cobb and Co coaching stop outside Melbourne on the way to the gold fields.