As a summer and winter retreat, award winning Silver Street Studio is something completely different, and very special. This very private, spacious, two story hideaway is very close to the heart of South Fremantle's 'hip' culinary hub- but it is in a really great location. Quiet and secluded behind high limestone walls within a lush courtyard garden, the Studio is romantic and has an ambient charm which is hard to beat. It is the perfect place in which to relax, escape the pressures of contemporary living, whilst being within instant reach of all facilities, the sea, and everything Fremantle has on offer.
Originally built as an artist's studio and gallery, 'Silver Street Studio' has now been thoughtfully converted into a wonderfully creative, comfortable and eclectic residence. Constructed from large local limestone blocks rescued from a former Fremantle church, magnificent one hundred year old timbers from 'Rob's' (South Fremantle) Jetty, and other fascinating items of memorabilia including a turret from the old Swanbourne Hospital, the building speaks to local history, contemporary art, interior design and old world charm.
On arrival, our guests enter into the courtyard through a small 'hobbit' door within a 'medieval' gate. In summer, this area is shaded by a plane tree, a poinciana, palms, an olive tree, a weeping mulberry and grape vine. This alfresco area also makes an ideal setting for a private breakfast, a leisurely lunch, or a romantic evening BBQ.
Huge glass doors connect the leafy outdoor area to the open-plan downstairs living space. There is a well equipped kitchen, dining area and comfortable lounge. Beautiful rugs, art works and eclectic furnishings, together with an idiosyncratic architectural style create a rich, warm environment to be enjoyed.
The upper studio level, originally used for producing ceramics, is now reached internally via a sculptural steel staircase. The bedroom has a very comfortable queen size bed, supplied with quality bedding and white linen sheets. A small mezzanine walkway connects this space to the bathroom/dressing room opens onto a north facing balcony providing a lovely 'open air' spot for a sumptuous bath under the stars (see image). The former kiln room, to the left of this balcony, has been converted into a peaceful reading/meditation space and an occasional spare bedroom in summer.
A downstairs store room houses two mountain bikes which are available for our guests to use.
On arrival we give you a bottle of fine Vasse Felix 'red' and Margaret River cheeses, plus a delicious hamper for your first morning and beyond....Besides a selection of beautiful fresh fruits, the hamper contains locally made jams, WA roasted coffee beans, gourmet teas, home-made muesli, free range eggs and freshly baked bread from our local bakery at the end of the street..and more.
An extra single bed can be made available on request for one extra adult and/or a cot is available for a small baby. However, the building is fairly open plan and we primarily see the Silver Street Studio as a romantic retreat for couples.
Please note this accommodation is not suitable for active toddlers, children, the very frail or fainthearted. It is a unique, wonderfully eclectic, idiosyncratic, space that truly rewards the adventurer, and those with creative spirit who want something beyond, and quite different from 'the norm'.
We are in an enviable location; just two hundred metres from the Yacht Club, Fishing Boat Harbour and within easy reach of both South Beach and Central Fremantle.
You won't need a car to travel around town. Everything is walkable. However, if you choose not to walk or take the bikes, the free CAT bus service does run every ten minutes from the end of the road, taking a circular route around Fremantle via various sites of historic interest, also stopping at the railway station for those wishing to travel into the centre of Perth. But why not take a picnic, follow the many cycle tracks to quiet beaches along the coastal heath-lands!
Fremantle is a wonderful holiday destination: Our visitors can enjoy the beach and a range of available water sports. As well as having a vibrant cafe life, there are great art galleries and specialty shops and many historical attractions to enjoy. These include the WA Maritime Museum, The Shipwreck Gallery, Fishing Boat Harbour, the Round House, Bather's Beach Art Precinct, the World Heritage listed Fremantle Jail with its convict built underground canal system, Fremantle Markets, The Fremantle Arts Centre (the former convict built asylum) and more. A wide range of day trips are available and regular ferries leavie for Rottnest Island.... whale watching is a must. All can easily be booked through the local Tourist Office.
Fremantle offers a wide range of evening entertainments but you can of course, just sit at 'home', listen to music, watch TV/download a DVD, play chess or find a really good 'read' from our excellent selection of books - and relax.
If your required dates for Silver Street Studio are taken, we invite you to look at our other property, Coral Street Cottage, just next door, which is also registered with the Stays Group. VISA and MASTERCARD facilities are available.
Feel welcome to follow us on facebook at freosilverstreetstudio . We try to keep you up to date with things happening in and around town. Here are a few comments from our Studio guest book:-
"A magical retreat for lovers separated by half a planet. Thank you Hugh and Judy. We will be back". Sandy and Don from North Fremantle and Denver, USA.
"What a lovely beginning to married life! After our wedding, this place was a perfect getaway from crazy preparations. Thank you for all the small touches, a truly incredible work of art". Sophie and Adam, Perth, WA.
"Textures, colours, contrasts, wood smells, patterns of light, varied spaces, harmony and all the special touches made SSS a very memorable base for our Australia Day in Fremantle. Thank you very much Hugh and Judy for a very nice stay". Jonty and Loren Eales, Kalgoorlie, WA.
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We look forward to seeing you soon!