Lodg­ing a labour of love


Cockburn Gazette - - BUSINESS -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d449513

Jane Peebles at The Lodg­ing.

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