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.

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
Wheelchair accessible

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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.


203 Reviews

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Betty User Profile
March 2017
This was a fantastic place! The space is in a historic brewery and was beautiful with lots of character. Lots of space and extremely comfortable. The location was perfect too, so easy to get around and the neighborhood was safe and an easy walk to most places. The hosts were very friendly and generous and helped us find our way around town. We highly recommend staying here.

Margarita User Profile
November 2016
The location was perfect. We were able to walk and quickly call an uber to move about the city. The space was comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. Paul and Mercedes made she we were set and comfortable. Great place to spend time or use as jumping off pad for all Melbourne exploring.

Kathleen User Profile
August 2016
My stay with Mercedes and Paul could not have been better! It was a perfect location, easy to walk to so many things from there. They provided so many suggestions and maps, I knew I was in good hands! The food they provided for breakfast was delicious and the extra office space area made it really easy to do work while away. The private entry door also made for an easy few days! I really enjoyed a dinner with Mercedes and Paul and some of their friends, it was a great introduction to Melbourne and life in Australia. Thank you thank you!!

Geoffrey User Profile
May 2016
Paul and Mercedes were amazing hosts. They were always happy to chat or let me do my own thing depending on the day. Their place is beautiful and super comfortable, and it's surprisingly close to everything!

John User Profile
January 2016
What a great place! The coolest Airbnb we have stayed in so far. Paul and Mercedes are great and kind hosts, and we really enjoyed sharing a drink with them on our first night. Really close to great restaurants and an easy walk to the CBD. Awesome!!!

Bette & John User Profile
October 2015
My husband and I can't say enough positives about this bnb. Paul and Mercedes were extremely welcoming offering us helpful information, maps, myki cards and kindness. The location is perfect with easy access to all areas of the city. The accomodations were beautifully and artisticly designed. We loved everything about it. Would highly recommend this bnb.

Michael User Profile
August 2015
We absolutely loved staying with Paul and Mercedes. They have such a beautiful home and in such proximity to the city. While we did not get a chance to meet Mercedes, Paul was very kind an accommodating, taking time to explain the best ways to get around and recommending places to eat and drink. I highly recommend this listing.

Collingwood, AustraliaJoined in March 2012
Paul & Mercedes User Profile
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.

About Paul & Mercedes

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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