THESE stunning terrace homes have always intrigued, so it was great to be wandering through this one—and finding a welcome as warm and friendly as the home itself.
At the end of the tour I found myself sitting in the gracious central lounge sipping tea and chatting with the vendor as if we were old friends.
This completes a trifecta because I’ve reviewed the other two over the years, and can say all are pretty much peas in a pod.
The row has a pedigree that goes all the way to the top, with listings on the national estate, state register, National Trust and Fremantle council’s heritage list.
Like all right-minded Freo-ites those august bodies considered this six-bedroom/five-bathroom abode and its mates, built in the Victorian Italianate style around 1898, to be heritage treasures.
With its interesting two-toned and patterned brickwork you can’t help but notice these delightful homes as you head into Fremantle.
As you’d expect they have all the heritage bells and whistles including a plentitude of lovely ceiling roses, decorative fireplaces, beautiful period arches, wide skirting boards and gorgeous jarrah floors.
This one has been the Colonial Bed and Breakfast for some years now, offering a genteel experience for visitors to the port city, all the while on the edge of the action with the CBD a short walk away.
The vendors are happy to leave all but their personal furniture behind, including wall-mounted TVs, crockery and linen, and some particularly beautiful linen-look bedspreads.
“[New owners] can move in and open tomorrow,” my new friend said.
She and her hubby live on the ground floor, claiming the central lounge and a charming, character filled dining-room and kitchen for themselves.
Upstairs is divided into a rear wing with two bedrooms, bathrooms, and a cosy kitchen, while the front of the home has two more spacious bedrooms, each with ensuite. The front one has lovely french windows onto a spacious verandah looking down High Street to Queens Square on Parry Street.
Back on ground level a pleasant courtyard garden offers a sunny spot to chill, and the raised limestone garden beds spill out to a series of veggie gardens in the car park, where there’s parking for four vehicles.
This is a great chance to own a slice of WA heritage, with a great Fremantle lifestyle thrown in. And a living too, should new owners want to keep up the B&B.
by JENNY D’ANGER
215 High Street, Fremantle
0402 762 601