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WORK­ING in the tourism in­dus­try for more than 30 years in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tions has stood Karen Fraser in good stead for her own ven­ture in Sandy Bay.

At Eleven – la pe­tite mai­son is a Frenchin­spired town­house sit­u­ated in the front sec­tion of Karen’s Ran­dall St home.

Orig­i­nally from Syd­ney, the tourism pro­fes­sional fi rst moved to Ho­bart 18 years ago and has been op­er­at­ing the bed and break­fast for the past fi ve.

Built in 1915, the orig­i­nal cot­tage was small and ba­sic but a ren­o­va­tion and ex­ten­sion has trans­formed the prop­erty to cre­ate two linked-but- sep­a­rate liv­ing spa­ces.

It’s a refl ec­tion of all my things col­lected from my trav­els that I hope makes peo­ple feel

wel­come

“I moved down here with an ex- part­ner who was from here and this was his mother’s cot­tage and we ren­o­vated it,” Karen ex­plained.

“When we moved in it was pretty ba­sic with lots of lean- tos on the back.

“I had a re­ally good builder who came up with the con­cept of split­ting it in two.

“I said to him I liked French barns and be­cause we face north, to get more sun into an ex­ten­sion, he did a dou­ble storey ex­ten­sion which I live in.”

A long tim­ber- floored hall­way is the only con­nec­tion be­tween the two liv­ing spa­ces which can be opened up or shut off sim­ply by open­ing or clos­ing the hall door.

“I didn’t set out with the ex­press pur­pose of do­ing this but it kind of fell into place,” Karen said. “I went on hol­i­day in France and stayed in B& Bs, or gites as they’re called there, and I thought, ‘ I’m wast­ing the front of my house, I could do some­thing’.”

The ac­com­mo­da­tion at the front of the prop­erty com­prises a liv­ing room with kitch­enette ( con­verted from a for­mer store­room), bath­room with claw foot bath and spa­cious, Asian-in­flu­enced bed­room with ac­cess to the cen­tral court­yard.

Step­ping through the French doors, this brick- paved out­door space fea­tures a calm­ing wa­ter fea­ture, cit­rus plants and din­ing ta­ble with chan­de­lier over­head.

The French in­flu­ence is felt im­me­di­ately upon en­try to the house, with a large Eif­fel Tower print adorn­ing the hall wall.

A book­shelf in the liv­ing room is filled with clas­sic nov­els, travel guides, style mag­a­zines and Tas­ma­nian books of all gen­res.

“I worked as an in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager for over 10 years so I’ve spent a lot of time trav­el­ling,” said Karen. “I know what it’s like to get some­where and you’re in a stark ho­tel with no books or mag­a­zines or any­thing to make you feel com­fort­able, so I just wanted a place that I think I’d be happy stay­ing in.

“It’s a re­flec­tion of all my things col­lected from my trav­els that I hope makes peo­ple feel wel­come.”

And so it seems they do feel wel­come.

At Eleven is cur­rently ranked No. 1 of 25 Ho­bart B& Bs and inns on pop­u­lar travel site TripAd­vi­sor.

Karen also runs a sis­ter prop­erty in Par­lia­ment St, named Thumb Cot­tage as well as man­ag­ing a water­front Sandy Bay prop­erty with ten­nis court and ac­cess to the beach, plus two New York- style loft apart­ments in Sala­manca.

Take a look at La Pe­tite Mai­son at

www.ateleven.com.au

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