A b&b in the heart of the city that offers old world charm …. Sounds divine!
Shandon 1884 is a majestic mansion of the Italianate Victorian design, located right at St Kilda Beach and a gentle stroll from Fitzroy and Ackland Streets, home of many cafes, restaurants and bars.
James Dunlea, a Scottish merchant, built Shandon in 1884 so he and his family could enjoy the sea views in luxury.
Ben and Kirsten Edwards now operate the marvellous building as an elegant boutique accommodation. When Ben's father purchased it 22 years ago, it had been used as a boarding house and as they moved in and lived there, they renovated bit by bit. Things moved quite slowly during restoration but the large rooms are once again furnished with antiques and artwork in keeping with the period.
There are four rooms, each with different décor, so up to eight people can stay at one time, keeping the atmosphere very private and personalised.
The Oriental Room has been inspired by the peace and tranquility of the east. Its tapestries and timeless antiques are from all parts of Asia, and it has a lavish marbled bathroom with shower and large sunken bath.
The Dunlea Room was built to be the centrepiece of the sleeping quarters. Luxurious and very comfortable, it offers an unforgettable experience and everyone loves the clawfoot bath.
The Meriton Room takes you back to the graciousness of an English manor. Like all rooms, it is spacious and tranquil.
The May Room is friendly and sunny, decorated in blues and yellows in the French provincial style.
There are no telephones or televisions in the rooms, ensuring complete relaxation and accommodation areas are accessed by separate entrances.
Shandon's former stables have been converted into a self-contained one bedroom apartment with access to the pool and a kitchen allowing you to prepare a special meal. There are markets not far away.
The guest lounge has a television, there is a billiards room, expansive verandahs, ducted heating and off-street parking. All this just 15 minutes from the heart of one of Australia's busiest cities. Once you walk in, all of that is left far behind.
Breakfast is enjoyed overlooking the pool or, in cooler times, the formal dining room with open fire. The espresso machine is always going, cocktails are served by the pool, there are wine-tasting afternoons and small cocktail and dinner parties.