Grand lady stands test of time
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.