Lodging a labour of love
HERITAGE HOME TAKES ON NEW LIFE
WHEN Jane Peebles, of Doubleview, got the keys to a late 1800s heritage building at 215 High Street, Fremantle, she was not expecting the years of wear and tear and layers of paint she would uncover in the following 10 months.
The former journalist and stylist bought the guesthouse at auction with her mum Theresa Evans.
“Mum and I came to the auction and bought it on a whim,” Mrs Peebles said. “Dad had seen it online and thought it had potential.”
What started as a six-month project to create a European, New Yorkinfluenced guesthouse with four suites, a double room, lounge room, dining area, kitchen and courtyard became a 10-month slog with plenty of surprises.
Mrs Peebles said she had a heritage architect go through the house before work started.
“We’ve preserved as much as we could, besides the bathrooms,” she said. “The fireplaces are original and the ceiling roses. This is not a perfect house, it has its flaws but that adds character… we’ve married contemporary with old.”
The home that sleeps 10 is now known as The Lodging and can be booked per room, as a house or the common areas can be used for corporate events or long lunches.
Jane Peebles at The Lodging.