THE Apsley Hotel has taken another big step towards reopening with the appointment of a manager.
Naracoorte's Andrew Martin will take over the role of running the Border Inn.
After studying in Adelaide Mr Martin has had extensive management experience in Europe and New Zealand. He was general manager in a hotel in New Zealand and before that ran his own winery and event management business.
"I am really looking forward to the challenge of making this a special hotel in our region," Mr Martin said.
"Being so close to home makes it even better and we plan to make this a family friendly place, providing good meals and a relaxed atmosphere."
After being closed for two years, 12 local families have bought the Border Inn with the aim to reopen it as a hub of the local community.
CEO of the group Michael Ryan said renovations were on track with the rebuilding of the kitchen progressing well.
"I am delighted with the overall progress and having Andrew on board means we are on track to open soon," he said.
Apsley was an important border town in the early development of Victoria and the hotel first opened in 1848.
By the late 1850s, Apsley supported a daily Cobb and Co coach service from Hamilton.
The Apsley Hotel has a long history dating back to 1848. It was the focal point of the town for many years and boasts many tales.
The finishing post for the first Apsley races was just outside the front door and was the origin of the famous Apsley Cup.
That race was run again two weeks ago and boasts a history older than the Melbourne Cup.
Currently Apsley still has a busy post office which is listed as the 13th post office opened in Victoria, and also the very successful Amber Ridge Farm Shop, Nursery and Cafe which opened two years ago.