Benedict House is a painting/ jewellery
studio, bead shop and cafe located in a former girls
boarding school and convent in Queanbeyan.
Our popular cafe is open Wed-Sun from 10am-3pm, serving lunch & afternoon tea. Guests can enjoy the old world ambience indoors, or when the weather is fine they can soak up the sun in our lovely courtyard and garden. All food is made from scratch, using produce from our kitchen garden & the local region whenever possible.
The Refectory offers:
- Private parties
- Mini conferences
- Special events
- High Teas
- Catering for small functions
Love of a Laminex Table
Owner of Benedict House, Kate Shelton has written a cookbook featuring many recipes off the menu at Benedict House cafe. Read more about it here.
Beads & Jewellery
We sell our own designer jewellery, as well as a mixed range of vintage and contemporary gifts and accessories. Our bead shop stocks beads sourced from all over the world, including fairtrade Kazuri beads from Africa, and hand blown glass beads from Italy.
Benedict House holds regular workshops on jewellery making techniques, as well as craft classes such as crochet and card making - please refer to the calendar for upcoming classes. Private workshops can also be booked for childrens or adults parties.
Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am to 5pm
Bookings & Enquiries Ph
(02) 6284 2868
A Bit of History
Benedict House has had a significant past. The building
is still imposing in one of the heritage streets, Isabella
Street, in Queanbeyan. Though built in the Victorian era it does
not feature the decorative style associated with that
period; instead its simple, symmetrical features are a revival
of Georgian architecture.
built as a boarding school by the Good Samaritan
Sisters it has had a colourful history - including
having former Prime Ministers, Ben Chifley named
after it, and Paul Keating as an owner in the 1980's.
Artist Kate Shelton and her husband Paul Maloney bought Benedict House at auction in December 2002 and have been developing their business since.
This charming old building makes the short drive
to Queanbeyan - only ten minutes from Manuka - well
worth a visit.
Getting to Benedict House
39 Isabella Street
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
(Turn right at Crawford St when coming from Canberra