Popular Great Lake Hotel up for sale

The Great Lake Hotel is located in the Central Highlands.
The Great Lake Hotel is located in the Central Highlands.

After managing the Great Lake Hotel for more than 12 years, licensee Kaylee Hattinger is putting the iconic pub up for sale.

Located at Miena in the Central Highlands and overlooking the Great Lake, the pub has become a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

Moving from Queensland to marry her Tasmanian husband Peter, Mrs Hattinger said she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

“I just love Tasmania, I love the lakes and I love the lifestyle,” she said.

“I truly believe we live in the prettiest place in the world, it’s just beautiful.

“The rest of the world is just a nice place to visit.”

Operating seven days a week and across all seasons, Mrs Hattinger said she wanted to sell the property while she still enjoyed the job.

“I’m just tired,” she said.

“I don’t want to end up hating the place and I want to keep giving it the same care and attention I always have. I still care, I’m still passionate about it and I’m still invested in the community.

“I still have this very big commitment to Tassie, to our service and to this brand we’ve built.” 

While the business is not officially on the market yet, Mrs Hattinger made the announcement on her social media page on Friday.

“Nothing is official, until it’s ‘Facebook official’, so I just wanted to cast a net out there to see if anyone was interested,” she said.

With more than 24,000 followers on the Great Lake Hotel Facebook page, the news spread fast and hundreds jumped online to show their interest in the sale.

While the majority of followers said they would like to own the property, some suggested the new owners should be required to continue the hotel’s tradition of regular snow updates throughout the year.

“I think I’ve done a lot to promote the area through our Facebook page with our snow photos and updates,” Mrs Hattinger said.

“People are more aware of the area and we are seeing a lot more tourists.”

The couple are planning to stay in the Central Highlands and the new owners of the Great Lake Hotel can look forward to having them as regular guests.

“We have another house up here. It’s just a beautiful place to wake up every morning, the snow, the lake, the gorgeous fresh air,” Mrs Hattinger said.

The property includes the pub and general store as well as a five bedroom managers residence.