David has stumbled across a B&B in Hobart where art meets accommodation in every sense of the word.
The Edinburgh is a three storey, early 1900s Federation building of red brick and sandstone. It was built as a private maternity hospital, but after 10 years became a private residence.
Penelope and David Lander, a painter and fiction writer respectively, purchased the 18-room home and moved their lives from Melbourne to Hobart.
Their residence is on the ground floor. Guests have the upper two floors. There are two executive rooms with ensuites and verandah, two rooms with ensuites, a family room, an antique room and single ensuite room.
Original wooden floors and staircases have been stripped and polished. The common television and breakfast room has a long communal dining table and continental breakfast is included in the tariff, served between 7am and 10 am. There is a choice of cereal, special breads, pastries, fruits, yoghurt, jams, juices and freshly brewed coffee and tea.
Penelope was in charge of decorating and made it a "doily free zone". The result is an eclectic blend of furniture and funky interior design. Some of the artwork is quite confronting. If something takes a visitor's fancy, most pieces can be purchased. People who love or who are involved in the arts scene find Edinburgh fascinating.
It's all just five minutes walk from Hobart's CBD, Salamanca Place, Constitution Dock, Battery Point and Sandy Bay.