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Entrance to the apartment - a lovely place to sitYou enter into our downstairs gallery space
Old distillery quiet and central
Old distillery quiet and central
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

A whole floor in a fascinating old distillery & malting complex - a calm oasis within an old industrial area now home to art galleries, fashion houses and creative startups. Minutes from vibrant Gertrude & Smith Sts and a lovely walk through parks to the CBD.

The space

Our apartment is part of a fascinating old red brick brewery complex built in 1862 - when Melbourne was 25 years old! It's an amazing oasis in the middle of an old industrial/brewery area now mainly occupied by architects, art galleries, graphic studios and fashion outlets. Although only minutes from vibrant Smith, Gertrude and Brunswick Sts the area is surprisingly peaceful. Your space has its own private door onto one of Collingwood's funky graffiti covered lanes which features a new cafe, artist run gallery and neon artworks glowing night. It would suit a couple or two single people.

Guest access

You have use of the whole ground floor consisting of gallery, bedroom/study/kitchenette & bathroom. The bedroom contains a super comfortable queen bed, WiFi, TV and small sitting area overlooking a leafy internal light well. An air conditioner for winter heating/summer cooling as well as fans & electric blanket. A separate office opens off the bedroom with a good work desk, a eclectic collection of books, (old) iPad and (older) iMac you are very welcome to use. This extra room would suit independent guests and would be very useful if you need somewhere to work. There's a single bed on a mezzanine level in the office accessed via a ladder. While there's no door between the rooms the beds are well out of sight. You have a small refrigerator, kettle, microwave, toaster, tea/coffee & breakfast cereals, milk, spreads etc. The bathroom is at the other end of the gallery and is for your use only. You are welcome to use our kitchen upstairs to prepare meals and may like to have breakfast in the morning sun on the upstairs terrace overlooking the laneway.

Interaction with guests

Mercedes and I are always happy to give local advice and help you make the most of your visit. We often enjoy sharing stories with guests but of course you can come and go just as you please - either by the front door or the door in your room. We won't bother you however if you have a query, or feel in need of a chat, we'd be delighted to oblige. We are generally around.

Other things to note

We are happy to run a load of washing for you. There's an iron & small ironing board in the room - just ask to borrow a full sized one if required.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Cleaning Fee $32 SGD
Weekly Discount: 16%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 single bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 10AM

Our living room upstairs is open to the gallery so we ask you to be quiet in this area when we're at home.
Please keep the upstairs kitchen and gallery clean after use as these are shared areas.
No smoking inside the building but you can in the courtyard or back lane.
You a very welcome to explore our rather eclectic book collection - just put books back where you find them.
Please let us know beforehand if you intend to bring other people into our home.

Safety features
Smoke detector
2 nights minimum stay

203 Reviews

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Prabha User Profile
March 2017
This place exceeded our expectations! It was a beautiful and very unique home. Very clean and VERY spacious! We only met Paul and he was very welcoming and was nice enough to recommend a few places to eat around the area. Would definitely recommend this place to others and might even come back again ourselves!

Belinda User Profile
May 2016
Escape the buzzing CBD and explore the suburb of Melbourne. Collingwood is a great place to be especially during Autumn! We were able to enjoy the view of the season changing during our stay in Collingwood. Paul & Mercedes were fantastic hosts and were very kind to give us a map for places to go and to eat. We had the whole bottom floor of the house to ourselves, and were provided with simple breakfast! The place was exactly like the listing description. Paul & Mercedes were also very welcoming and were very happy to chat with us. For those who likes their privacy, would still get their own when living here. The place is very homely and there are many amazing cafes nearby! We truly felt like we belonged here when living with Paul & Mercedes! Also, transportation to the CBD is not far from the place. We enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend this place to everyone!

Gen User Profile
October 2015
The old distillery is the coolest Airbnb that my husband and I have stayed in! Paul was around to welcome us and gave us a map of all the beautiful walking paths we could take. The room was clean and bright with all the essentials. The back door came in handy when we had to upload our extremely heavy luggage into the car. One small glitch was the shower cubicle. As it was of an open concept, it was impossible to shower without wetting the whole area. Paul did mention that they were thinking of adding a shower curtain and that will be really helpful. Will definitely recommend this place to friends who are looking for accommodation in Melbourne.

Amy User Profile
November 2013
This was our first time using airbnb. It was a wonderful experience. Paul and Mercedes were great hosts. They shared neighbourhood treasures with us on arrival. They explained how the local transit worked and mapped out the city for us. We rented a car and they graciously allowed us to use their 1 car parking garage during our stay. The room was clean and comfortable. It was a bit cold but they lent us a heater and had plenty of blankets. They were approachable and never intruded. They answered all the questions we had about the city. We highly recommend this accommodation.

Cheryl User Profile
March 2013
Paul & Mercedes couldn't have made us feel more welcome in their lovely home. They are warm, generous people who offered many interesting & useful tips about the area and Australia in general. The accommodation is exactly as described - an amazing, well-designed space with all the comfort & privacy one needs. In addition, the location is extremely convenient for exploring the trendy neighborhood lined with a mix of cafes, restaurants, vintage shops & boutiques. It was overall a wonderful experience and we wouldn't hesitate staying here with Paul & Mercedes again if we were to visit Melbourne in the future.

Chenfei User Profile
November 2017
Paul&Mercedes is very hospitable and will recommend various scenic spots to you according to your needs and tell you how to get there! Some restaurants recommended by Paul. We went to try it. They were all very good! The whole house is artistic, and the journey left us with happy memories! If I come to Melbourne next time, I will still choose here

Sarah User Profile
November 2017
Absolutely lovely hosts and an amazing place to stay. The room was clean, had lots of breakfast options, and was just such a lovely room to be in! The hosts were great too - they gave us lots of suggestions of how to get around and where all the good local food was - thank you!

Collingwood, AustraliaJoined in March 2012
Paul & Mercedes User Profile

Mercedes has a background in social work/counselling, teaching, farming & fashion and follows passions in art and craft, gardening, home renovation and volunteer activities. Paul had a university career in science, education, software development and information system and is occupied on a range of woodwork, jewellery, home renovation & app development projects. We've both travelled quite widely over the years and have grand plans for the future.

Airbnb was a revelation to us - discovered through Paul's daughter, an active host in Fairfield and frequent traveller. Now multiple family members have become active and enthusiastic hosts and travellers. We love living in this great part of Melbourne with its history, architecture, galleries, cafés and dynamic cultural mix and feel privileged to be able to share our passion with others. We'll be only too pleased to help you make the most of your stay in Melbourne.

Languages: Deutsch, English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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