RFBI Armidale Masonic Village

Contact RFBI Armidale Masonic Village

Address: 86 Box Hill Drive
Phone: (02) 6770 1200
Fax: (02) 6770 1299

Other Information

Residential Care Beds: 62
Retirement Living Units: 34
Available Units: 3


Armidale Masonic Village was started in 1995, with 12 villas, the Masonic Centre and the Administration Centre, completed in 1996. Rt Hon. Ian Sinclair opened this in 1997.

Owing to public demand, RFBI have built another 20 villas between 1999 and the present. Enough vacant land remains to build another 6 villas, which will be built when funding allows. Strathlea Nursing Home was purchased by RFBI and the beds transferred to the Ken Thompson Lodge, built in 2009 and opened by Prof Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW in 2009.


Armidale Masonic Village offers a wide range of facilities, including the Administration Centre, housing a Public Hall, Office, Meeting Room, Kitchen and Board Room.

Our independent living accommodation comprises 34 villas, with stunning views over Armidale. The 2 three-bedroom villas and 32 two-bedroom villas are well appointed, even offering internal lock-up garages. 31 villas have sunrooms attached with some offering a study. Tunstall Healthcare monitoring system is installed in all villas to ensure the safety of our residents.

National Broadband Network (NBN) has been installed at the village and will be connected to all villas. The resident lounge area, kitchenette and library available to all self care residents have just been renovated and refurbished.

Ken Thompson Lodge boasts a beautiful, rural outlook with elegant central courtyards. Residential living accommodation incorporates en suite bathrooms, ducted air conditioning in common areas and separate air conditioning units in bedrooms. We provide spacious common areas and sitting rooms in each wing.

Catering is on site, with main meals served in the large dining room. We update the menu seasonally, and welcome resident input. Visitors can enjoy a meal with residents, at a minimal charge.

Payment options

As of the 1st July 2014, new residents have greater choice on how to pay for their accommodation costs. These choices include;

  1. Residents can choose to pay for accommodation by a refundable deposit (RAD) paid as a lump sum,
  2. A daily payment (DAP), or
  3. A combination of both

A daily payment accrues daily and is paid periodically (e.g. fortnightly). A combination payment includes both a partial lump sum and daily payments. As RFBI offers a variety of accommodation options and prices we encourage you and your family to discuss your needs with a financial adviser to ensure that you are receiving the best financial outcome available to you.

Our published Accommodation Payment prices are our maximum rates and will apply for those with adequate financial means.

Residents with limited assets may be treated as “supported” by the Department of Social Services. This means that you will not be required to pay the published Accommodation Payment. If you are not treated as “supported”, but affordability is still a factor, be assured this will not necessarily affect your eligibility for accommodation.

The Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) amounts quoted above are current as of today and may change (in line with interest rate adjustments) for entry dates after the 1st July. When there are changes to the interest rate RFBI will update the new DAP’s based on the new quarterly interest rate.

Description of common areas to which a person living in this room would have access

RFBI Armidale Masonic Village has many resident amenities and common areas to ensure that you benefit from your time at our facility, including spacious dining and lounge areas and a number of Small Private Sitting Areas and Outdoor Sitting Areas. We are located in a Rural Setting which you can enjoy from one of outdoor sitting areas and Gardens. Other amenities that resident can use include the Hairdressing Salon, Activities Room, Resident Hydrotherapy Spa Bath, Resident/ Family Kitchenette, Library and Internal Courtyard.

Description of quality, condition and amenity of room

Our generous sized bedrooms with vinyl flooring come equipped with Built-in Wardrobes, Built-in Desk/ Bench Top, Full Electric Bed and a Nurse Call System. You can keep cool or warm with the Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning and Block-Out curtains.

All bedrooms look out to either our beautiful Gardens or Courtyard, Picture Rails are available for you to hang artwork or photos of loved ones to personalise your room. A TV Antenna Outlet and a Phone Plug are installed for your convenience.

Each room also has an Ensuite which has a Walk-in Shower, Toilet, Vanity, Wall Cabinet, Ceiling Heater and Call Button.

Size of room (m2) Excluding Ensuite 15.51m2

Description of additional care or services offered at no additional cost

Services that we offer you at no additional costs include a mobile library service, physiotherapy and podiatry services (High ACFI residents) bus trips/outings, nutritionally balanced meals prepared in our on-site kitchen, Wi-Fi connection and lots of different activities.

Description of optional additional costs (ie not including the accommodation price for the room) associated with the room

Services that require an additional fee include hairdressing, physiotherapy and podiatry (Low ACFI residents), phone connection and Foxtel connection.

Do you still have questions? Please make an appointment to see us. We look forward to meeting you so we can better understand your needs and hopefully be able to assist you. If you would like a tour of the service or if you urgently need care, we will refer you to one of our admission officers or to someone at the residential service who will be able to help you.

For more information about Pricing you can click on this link: http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/financial-and-legal/aged-care-homes-costs-explained 

Activities and Lifestyle

The village is located in northeast Armidale, and is blessed with both rural and city views over Armidale, beautiful gardens and a mini golf course. We have a large hall, used for concerts, fashion parades and parties. The village also owns a bus, which is available to all residents; both hostel and self care for outings, shopping trips and so on.

Local Information

Armidale is situated half way between Sydney and Brisbane, is only two hours from the coast and can be accessed via road, plane, train or bus.

Resting high on the Northern Tablelands, it is the most cosmopolitan NSW city outside Sydney, offering harmonious living for 25,000 citizens from 53 different nationalities. Armidale provides all the amenities you would expect from a thriving city, including a large shopping centre and local public and private hospitals.

Further Information

To find out more about this RFBI village at Armidale, please contact our General Manager, Ms Natalie Green, on (02) 6770 1200.

If you wish to write to, or visit the village, our street address is 86 Box Hill Drive, Armidale, NSW 2350. If you need to fax someone at the village, please send it to (02) 6770 1299.