WHEN Jane Peebles got the keys to a late 1800s heritage building in Fremantle’s High Street, she was not expecting the years of wear and tear she would uncover in the following 30 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,” she said.
“Dad had seen it online and thought it had potential.”
What started as a six-month project to create a European, New York-influenced guesthouse with four suits, a double room, lounge room, dining area, kitchen and courtyard became a 10-month slog with 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 and now known as The Lodging can be booked per room, as a house or the communal areas can be used for corporate events or long lunches.
“There’s a gap in the market in terms of beautiful accommodation that’s affordable, especially in Fremantle,” Mrs Peebles said.
For more, visit the website.