“Previously it’s been very popular with functions so it really comes down to whoever wants to take it on and market it properly,” he said.
Many Canberrans would have fond memories of the site with the previous owners using it to host weddings, christenings and birthdays.
The outside areas are licensed and come with no extra charge. “Sit back and relax on the deck, while admiring Lake Burley Griffin through the gum trees,” Mr Antos said.
Old Canberra House is situated on the way to the National Museum on Acton Peninsula and would also attract visitors, particularly at the weekend.
For weekly trade, the ANU preschool and childcare centre is close by as is the Crawford School of Public Policy, which, with other University organisations, offers catering opportunities.
The ANU was looking for the right tenant, who will re-activate the space long-term and do something special in that section of the campus, Mr Antos said.
The space itself was only fitted out in 2010, and holds a liquor bar, takeaway cafe bar, furniture and kitchen, as well as a storage and cool room.
The building’s external facade is heritage listed but the internal space can be re-imagined, although very little needs to be done.