Grand lady stands test of time

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

PERCHED high above Burnie is a grand old lady – a Vic­to­rian sur­vivor which has been lov­ingly re­stored true to its ar­chi­tec­tural roots.

Built in 1885 by Robert Bell, who also de­signed the North- West city’s im­pres­sive po­lice head­quar­ters, Glen Os­borne House is now a Na­tional Trust prop­erty.

Glen Os­borne, a prospec­tor and farmer, was the prop­erty’s first owner.

It has changed hands eight times over its 129- year his­tory and is on the mar­ket again.

Merv and Dell Page have owned the bed and break­fast since 2000, but are look­ing to down­size and re­tire.

The cou­ple scoured the coun­try be­fore they found the “it” prop­erty they were look­ing for.

“We drove all over South Aus­tralia and Queens­land but didn’t find the one,” Mrs Page said from the prop­erty’s im­pres­sive gar­dens.

“Then we were look­ing at an­other prop­erty when we were told about Glen Os­borne House.

“We felt very at home here straight away.”

The prop­erty be­came a bed and break­fast rather than a stately fam­ily home in the 1990s and there was talk years ago of con­vert­ing the prop­erty into a hos­pi­tal.

The Na­tional Trust list­ing en­sures it will con­tinue to stand as a re­minder of Burnie’s im­pres­sive early- built land­scape.

The orig­i­nal farm has now been re­duced to just 2.4ha, but the slice of land feels mas­sive in the subur­ban sur­round­ings.

Glen Os­borne House has six spa­cious rooms, two of which are in the con­verted sta­bles, com­plete with en­suite and the decor is true to its time – al­beit with mod­ern con­ve­niences.

The B& B at­tracts cor­po­rate trav­ellers, tourists and a fair share of “just mar­rieds”.

The sweep­ing ve­ran­das, com­plete with orig­i­nal wrought iron fret­work, pro­vide a view of Burnie’s port and beaches, while an atrium lets guests soak up the warmth of the sun when it is a lit­tle too cool to be out­side.

Burnie’s CBD is only a two- minute walk away and travel time to Burnie Air­port is less than 25 min­utes.

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