The SpaceWelcome to my lovely Late Colonial era house located in Spring Hill, Brisbane. Built in the Victorian period of the 1880's it was among one of the first homes to be built in Brisbane and it has the most amazing atmosphere, which reflects her heritage. Built in a time before cars, electricity and telephones, it truly is living history.
Contemporary additions have been made which are sympathetic to the building. These include reverse cycle air-conditioning in all bedrooms, Cable TV, high speed Internet and CCTV security system guarding the external areas of the house. It has also undergone completely new wiring & plumbing, soundproofing and insulation of the walls and floor areas and added smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as fire extinguishers in every room, yet the essence of the house remains unchanged.
I have owned the house for the past 20+ years and she is affectionately known as the “Spring Hill Mansion”. If you’re looking for a unique, memorable and quintessentially Brisbane experience then look no further.
You may have seen my other listings on AirBnB for the front of the house (a 2 bedroom self contained apartment and the rear of the house; 2 bedroom self contained loft apartment), this listing is for the complete grand house. Occasionally both sides of the house are vacant and I am able to open the interconnecting hallway and restore her to one grand family home.
The house consists of a large gourmet kitchen, that looks onto the rear of the house and (small) garden, and the rear street. The kitchen is well equipped. It has 5 burner natural gas hob with wok burner, large electric - fan forced oven/grill, Microwave, Dishwasher, Coffee Maker, Toaster, Blender, Fridge/Freezer and all the cooking utensils, flatware and serving dishes to cater up to 10 when books as such. I’m currently establishing a small herb garden in the back yard with some trial vegetables as well. It’s only a small patch and it may or may not work – unfortunately I’m not a green thumb, but you are welcome to pick and eat as you desire, and I can thoroughly recommend watering the garden at dusk while watching Spring Hill life passing by is very de-stressing. (on that note there is a children’s playground 15 metres from the back door – see pics, so if you are travelling with children its an ideal place to relax as well.)
My work involves travel, and usually I occupy the back of the house when home, but if you rent the whole house you will find all the fridges clean and empty, all perishables will be gone. I leave out coffee, tea, sugar, and long life milk in the fridge for your use. While you are here, my home is your home. The house will be available to you in perfect condition, identical to a hotel, so you can make it your home for the entire time of your stay.
The back bathroom is modern and super large. It has a skylight and sky-facing window, which provide plenty of natural light as well as a surprising view of the blue sky from the bath. As you can see from the pictures it has a huge bath plus an enormous walk in rain shower. There is plenty of hot water as well so you can indulge yourself.
The rear laundry consists of a washing machine and clothes dryer; if you want to be kind on your clothes (and the environment) there is a clothes line out the back of the house to hang washing out, too.
On the ground level, with direct access to the kitchen, is what was the house’s parlour. This now serves as an open plan dining area with a large clerks table and chairs; the other end of the room is the lounge area in front of a Victorian fireplace. Unfortunately, the fireplace can’t be lit due to local laws and age of the house. It’s purely ornamental but it does add to the charm of the formal lounge area. This room connects to the hallway and the front of the house.
The second floor is accessed via a hand hewn wooden staircase in the corner of the lounge (the staircase is narrow) but its size belies the abundance of space to be found beyond. The second level contains the bedrooms and, as best as we know, was added mid last century to accommodate a growing family of the third owners’ of the property.
The property was built from Australian silver oak, sourced from the local mills at Petrie, and is a great example of colonial construction. The walls use VJ’s or vertical joints, also known as tongue and groove, but in this case run mostly horizontally to create the wall linings.
This style of building went on to be very common in Queenslander homes of the next century. These days, due to the cost and the availability of timber board, this type of construction has been rendered obsolete by the introduction of gyprock and panel wall sheeting. The house is in no way inferior for this, I assure you.
The second storey was built as a loft, containing two bedrooms, both featuring Dormer windows overlooking the street below, as well as large double hung windows for light and ventilation. From the windows you have views to the city, surrounding buildings, streets, green spaces and, if you’re in town at the right time views of the Jacaranda trees in full bloom, which Brisbane takes delight in each year in October.
There are box seats in the Dormer windows of both rooms and this provides an ideal and comfortable spot to watch inner city street life unfold, or, take in a relaxing sunlit read with a glass of wine, hearing the birds in the trees while you unwind.
Downstairs and out the front, via the hallway, you will find another 2 separate bedrooms with Queen Beds, the Front (enclosed) Verandah with street views, 2 studies, one off the main bedroom room and the other in a common area.
As the front is rented out independently on Airbnb it also has its own fully equipped independent kitchen, which comprises a work bench, 4 burner electric stove with oven and grill, toaster, pod coffee machine, kettle, dishwasher, full size fridge, freezer, microwave, sink, cutlery including bottle openers, can openers, corkscrews, flatware for 4 people.
The front of house also has its own bathroom which consists of shower and toilet. There is also a fully automatic washing machine and tumble drier as well as iron, hair dryer etc etc.
In total there are 4 bedrooms, 1 bath, 2 showers, 2 complete kitchens, 2 study areas, 2 laundry areas, 1 lounge and dining area and a front verandah. The front door has a ramp, which provides disabled access to the downstairs level and its 2 bedrooms. The rear of the house has off street parking for 2~3 cars depending on the size.
All bedrooms have reverse cycle air-conditioning and black out curtains for a great night’s sleep. Bedrooms also feature Queen size beds with pillow topped mattresses as well as personal TV, clock radio, charge station, reading lights, work area and storage / hanging space. Just like the food in the kitchen, when I rent out my side of the house my belongings are put away. I want you to feel like this is your place and as free to enjoy it as you would your own home.
The size of the rear house is ideal for families or groups of up to 12 (to sleep 12 there are 2 Queen beds upstairs, 2 Queen beds downstairs and 2 Queen size airbed – available on request) who want to indulge in the charm and elegance of a bygone era. If you are looking for true luxury while visiting Brisbane it is unbelievably spacious as a home with children, too, with robust furniture in a lovely large living space.
Despite her age she has been lovingly cared for over the past century; each successive owner ensuring the building was loved, conserved and preserved. When this task fell to me, the current custodian, I followed in the same path. I trust if you stay here you will appreciate her age and splendour and treat her accordingly. She is the Grande Old Dame and your acknowledgement of her age will ensure she continues to age gracefully and providing a comfortable haven for her inhabitants for many years to come.
Lastly, you can easily turn away from 21st century accouterments by opening the double hung windows to enjoy a tropical afternoon summer thunderstorms, then basking in the golden sunset as the sky clears. All the while imagining life in the Colony of Brisbane spanning 3 centuries since the 1880’s.
My goal is to maintain the house to a very high standard.
-All beds have 1200 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Four Pillows per bed, Woollen Blankets and Dooner/Duvet for Winter.
- After each guest the rooms are commercially cleaned – hence the cleaning charge. This includes: -
-Fully stripping all bedding including cushion covers, mattress and pillow protectors for commercial laundering.
-Steam and Vacuum Mattresses individually.
-Carpets are steam cleaned each month and thoroughly vacuumed prior to your arrival; a Dyson vacuum and steam mop is available should you wish to vacuum during your stay.
-Polished Wooden floors are mopped then steam cleaned with an antiseptic 100% environment friendly floor wash.
-Bathroom is fully steam cleaned and restocked with Shampoo/ Conditioner / Hand soap.
-All Towels and bathmats are commercially laundered.
-Air conditioner filters and fans are cleaned monthly.
-All kitchen items hand cleaned including work surfaces, and all flatware regardless of indications of use are re dish washed.
I provide a starter pack in the kitchen that includes: -
Coffee pods for Coffee Machine
An assortment of premium Tea’s
Bottled Water (Brisbane water is fine to drink)
Nibbles (depends on seasonal variations - nuts, savoury biscuits, fruit bowl etc)
For overseas guests I also provide a complementary SIM in case you have just arrived and wish to connect your mobile phone to the Australian mobile network to avoid roaming charges. You are responsible for activating it and all associated usages charges. Once activated the SIM becomes personalised in your name and you are free to take it with you.
I also have a selection of local maps, public transport timetables and tourist information which you are free to take.
The apartment also has a Laser Printer with Paper that you are free to use if you require print-outs. I’ve found this especially handy when printing out day trip information or directions.
The house is equipped with secured wireless Internet. It is connected via high speed ADSL. Usage is unlimited and free of change. Guest AccessSituated on the edge of the CBD and within walking distance of both Fortitude Valley & West End. You will have your own self-contained bedsit with two queen size beds. Includes own laundry facilities and a nice little study. Park in the back yard and walk everywhere. Interaction with GuestsYour host will greet you on arrival and will be immediately contactable during your stay. The NeighborhoodSpring Hill is the oldest suburb of Brisbane and, therefore, comes with history and character galore. You will fall in love with it. On the doorstep to the city but removed from the hustle and bustle. With Fortitude Valley or West End (fashion and food hubs of Brisbane) within 15 minutes walk and ferries, buses and trains are within 10 minutes walk. 2 supermarkets and a 24 hour convenience store are minutes walk away, too.
Within walking distance of St Andrew's Hospital and Brisbane Private Hospital plus Wickham Terrace.
You will be utterly charmed by this locale and agree that it's the best location to stay for a holiday/short term apartment in Brisbane. Getting AroundConvenience is key. Spring Hill is one of the most recommended areas to visit to people travelling to Brisbane. It's ideally situated directly above the city. You can easily walk to all the major attractions of Brisbane from here, the Brisbane river that runs through the city, the Queen Street Mall, Southbank Parklands, Roma Street Parklands, Fortitude Valley, Chinatown and West End. Woolies & Coles are close by.
All the city markets are 5 minutes walk, too. So close to all public transport but also has a convenient off street car park if you're driving. Central train station, city buses and ferries are in close proximity. Easy access to international and domestic airports via Air Train or taxi. Other Things to NoteWithin walking distance of St Andrews hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital and the medical specialists on Wickham Terrace. 15 minutes to Spring Hill Baths, Roma Street Parkland, Riverside markets, City Farmers Markets (Wednesdays in Redacliffe Place), Queen St Mall & the beach at Southbank.