With the buzz of St Kilda at your doorstep, you'll want to be amongst it, staying in this most elegant b&b!
Margaret Tudball and Ross Bishop share a love of travel and staying in boutique b&bs. Theirs is a carefully renovated 1890s two-storey home in tree-lined Mary Street, in the historic suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne.
Margaret is very keen on history and Bishopsgate is named after one of the seven Roman gates leading into London.
The Victorian mansion has 4.2m ceilings and the large ground floor room which overlooks the secluded courtyard garden has an open marble fireplace, gilt mirror and light fittings plus antique Victorian dining and sitting furniture. Meals are served in this room and the bar and comfortable furniture allows guests a quiet place to relax.
The three guest rooms have open fireplaces, ensuite bathroom facilities and themed decor: Asian, French and Victorian. They have quality linen and contain special pieces collected by the owners on their travels.
Melbourne's CBD is just minutes away by taxi or tram so the b&b is ideally positioned for business travellers. It is also the perfect base for visiting the theatre, or maybe the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Tennis Open, the Formula One Grand Prix, the Spring Racing Carnival or even the AFL Grand Final.
St Kilda not only offers the ocean as a local attraction but it also has an enormous choice of restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries, markets and sporting facilities.
The owners of Bishopsgate b&b also have the option of a two-bedroom apartment close to Bishopsgate available. It sleeps five people, has a designer granite and stainless steel kitchen, and large lounge and dining area which opens to a balcony.