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Bendigo: Luxury mansion where Priscilla Presley stayed for Elvis exhibition hits market

Bendigo: Luxury mansion where Priscilla Presley stayed for Elvis exhibition hits market

The property where Priscilla Presley stayed when opening the Elvis exhibition in Bendigo last year is for sale.


A heritage-listed Bendigo estate which “felt like home” to Priscilla Presley when she stayed there last year has hit the market.

The six-bedroom, six-bathroom house at 49 Rowan St has been listed with $3m price hopes after operating for a number of years as an accommodation site, currently The Suites, Villa Belgravia.

CoreLogic records show its vendors purchased the historic corner property in 2010 for $840,000.

They’ve since renovated the home’s lower level into two luxury, self-contained suites, where famed American actor and ex-wife of singer Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley stayed in 2022 while opening Direct From Graceland, the Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition honouring her late husband.

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The 49 Rowan St estate is rich in history.


USA singer Elvis Presley with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa-Marie.

Priscilla and Elvis Presley with daughter Lisa-Marie.


McKean McGregor Real Estate Bendigo agent Bec Allen has the listing, who said Presley loved her stay at the suites.

“She said it felt like home,” Ms Allen said.

The property is also rich in history, having been built in 1869 by hospital contribution collector and prominent figure, Henry Hawkins.

It was later leased by one of the original owners of Bendigo’s iconic Shamrock Hotel, John Crowley, who then purchased the home in 1884.

After five years, Mr Crowley and his friend, renowned German-Australian architect William Vahland, known as the “premier architect of the Victorian goldfields”, upgraded the property to include the lower level and the current, Renaissance revival-style facade with seashell motifs paying homage to its history as a refuge for travellers.

It was first known as Marlborough Lodge, then Marlborough House, before its current operation as Villa Belgravia.

The property boasts views of the local cathedral.


The current vendors refurbished the home to include two luxury accommodation suites.


Presley stayed at the suites when in Bendigo last year for the Direct From Graceland exhibition.


“(The vendors) have done a really detailed renovation of the property, the suites are absolutely stunning,” Ms Allen said.

“It’s an incredible property with beautiful views of the cathedral and lots of potential.”

She added there was strong interest for the home from buyers looking to continue running the downstairs retreat as a luxury Airbnb, particularly families planning to live in the main house.

“It’s seriously one of the best properties in Bendigo … it’s just a really beautiful family home,” Ms Allen said.

Expressions of interest for the 763sq m property close on February 13.

11 Rowan St is also on the market.


It was built in 1890, with a number of its period features remaining.


Meanwhile on the same street, another heritage listed home has hit the market at No. 11.

Dubbed Mandalay, the 1890-built four-bedroom house has been listed with a $2.295m price tag, including a heated swimming pool and spa, wine cellar, and a private brick space currently used as a games room.

Waller Realty agent Tim Noonan said the home was predominantly used as a boarding house throughout its history, and was “very well known” in the area.

“We’ve had strong interest since (the campaign) launched just before Christmas,” Mr Noonan said. “It would suit a family moving to Bendigo who work in the area.”


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