Located within the Jewellery Quarter, this unexpected treasure is the product of several years of love and labour.
A modestly beautiful, expansive open plan apartment with a couple of outside surprises!
'The Factory' as we call it, was a 1920's jewellery Factory.
It is located on a quiet and friendly street, directly leading to St Pauls Square within the Jewellery quarter.
Jonny discovered this Victorian/Art Deco beauty a few years ago and has been renovating it into a liveable space ever since.
Its original features have been unveiled and restored.
The factory boasts original Victorian tiling, exposed brickwork, 4 metre high ceilings and as it is south-west facing has daylight all day long!
Within the factory there are 4 floors: a basement, a ground floor, a first floor and a flat accessible roof (access is by bookcase stairs from first floor).
The first floor has a sun-catching courtyard, perfect for Alfresco dining.
The roof top area is framed by a para-pit wall, giving the privacy and safety one needs to relax, sunbathe, have a barbecue and even sleep under the stars. ( we can make this possible in a make-shift way if you like!).
The available rent-able space is on the first floor ( see photos).
The apartment is separated off from the rest of the factory, so during your stay the whole apartment with access to all facilities including the courtyard and roof will be solely accessible by you, unless you need our assistance or company! You will have your own set of keys and have the freedom to come and go as you please at your own pace.
If we need to access the apartment while you are with us we will notify you beforehand.
The Factory welcomes lone rangers, couples and families (max 4). We have another double bed and 1 single bed that we can set up for you.
If you are coming for a special occasion or surprise, give us a heads up and we can bare this in mind when we are preparing the space for you!
We encourage enquiries from people interested in using the space for workshops too. The factory has amazing acoustics, so would be perfect for choirs and house concerts. We would love to hear your proposals and ideas please.
We are extremely lucky with our location as we are situated close to the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery (website hidden) Pauls square is 200 metres from our front door and the city centre is a 10 minute walk away.
You can choose different routes, the canal side walk is recommended.
There is everything a visitor to Birmingham would require on our doorstep (even before you reach the city centre!).
Just in the Jewellery quarter and St Pauls Square alone there is incredible history, architecture, a couple of galleries & museums, easy access to the canal, a choice of either a selection of fine dining or lovely pubs with gastro pub style food, cafes, sophisticated bars, clubs, beauty parlours, a deli, food shops, a vintage shop (next door!) and not to mention an abundance of jewellery shops.
If you are being dragged reluctantly to the city beyond your control and would rather be in the countryside and have spare time - there are surprisingly numerous beautiful expansive parks, alternative off-road routes (perfect for walking, jogging, cycling) cycle routes, canal walks and nature reserves.
We are very excited about sharing this purposefully minimalistic space.
We like the space to be as bright as possible so there are no curtains on the windows. Privacy can be sought in the bathroom and your bedroom box.
We have a wireless internet connection, and a projector and screen for potential movie nights -You will need to bring your own laptop to avail of this facility!
This is an evolving project and although we feel it is ready for guests we are not claiming perfection, we will endeavour to make your stay as lovely as possible.
Come with an open mind and you will not be disappointed.
Feel free to get in touch for a chat!
You have access to all the facilities and amenities in the apartment - kitchen, washing machine etc.. We would like you to feel as at home as possible.
If there is something that you need and it seems like we do not have it please let us know and we will try and locate it for you.
Your curiosities and questions are encouraged and welcomed.
Interaction with Guests
We aim to be there on your arrival and departure and will always be on hand (mainly by phone) to answer any questions, advice or just have a nice chat!
When we have guests we live on the ground floor, the apartment is on the first floor.
Jonny and I can have unpredictable work commitments, so if we are not available to greet you initially we will have a pick up key arrangement in place and make sure we get to meet you as soon as is possible!
The rest is up to you - we will respect your desire for privacy, equally we welcome good excuses for drinkies and cuppas.
Our neighbourhood is vibrant and lively and is tipped as one of central Birmingham's most popular areas to live and visit.
When the weather is beautiful the local community tend to sunbathe, picnic, play Frisbee on the communal green enveloping St pauls Church and Square.
Be sure to visit Chris (the 8ft grocer) next door for a lovely breakfast, lunch, fresh bread or a delicious treat. All his stock has been mindfully hand picked with quality and fineness been the priority.
The Braderie vintage shop is also a personal favourite - which is attached to the 8ft grocer!
There are a couple of overnight car-parks nearby, the cheapest is £3.70 for 24 hours, thats located on the bottom of northwood street.
If you find a 'P' thats free parking, on the roadside- have a little drive down Mary street (The street the factory is on the corner of) and fingers crossed it will be your lucky day- never move it, they are like gold dust.
So, the main train station in town is Birmingham New Street (Has a direct line to and from Birmingham international airport).
You can get a taxi to the station which would cost about £5-£6 and take not more than 10 minutes (traffic dependant) The taxi rank- St Pauls cars is located a stones throw away. It is a 20 minute walk.
We also have The Jewellery quarter train Station and Snowhill station (which are on the same line), they are both a 10 minute walk away.
To get to the main bus stops you would need to walk into Birmingham city centre. The walk could take from 10-25 minutes, depending on where you need to get to.
Other Things to Note
****Four important things to note!****
*Our neighbour Chris, the 8ft grocer offers our guests two different hampers which can be ordered prior to arrival:
1. Romantic hamper- bottle of wine, 2 bars of chocolate, a loaf of delicious freshly baked bread and 2 cheeses for £25.
2. Breakfast hamper enough for 4 people:
Sausages, bacon, fresh bread, eggs, tomatoes, tomato sauce, butter milk and some teabags for £25. Vegetarian option includes cheese and more lovely vegetables instead of the meat.
All of chris's produce has been carefully hand selected and are sourced from the local area. Everything he stocks is truely delicious, if you don't fancy cooking your breakfast yourself we can put in an order for you prior to you coming of you can do it yourselves when you arrive!
*Both check in and check out times are flexible according to your needs, for no extra cost.
*Jonny and I both have unpredictable schedules, so with a little bit of prior communication & organisation we will try our best to work around you.
*Greta the Cat also lives in the factory. When we have guests she will not be wandering in your space, unless you want her too!
Relax and treat 'The Factory' like your home!
Our stay here was brief but extremely pleasant. After a long day travelling the place was warm and we were welcomed by a lit fireburner and a cosy (yet unique) interior.
The three of us were made very comfortable and left in the morning well rested. Would highly recommend!
I had a lovely time in the factory, it is even more beautiful than in the pictures and Katie was extremely helpful.
Beautiful flat. Everything you need & comfy beds too! On arrival Katie was there to greet us and she had the fire roaring which was perfect! We went out for Ethiopian food round the corner which I can highly recommend too! Lovely hosts & flat. Thanks Katie & Jonny!!
We had a lovely time staying at the jewellery factory ! A great place to stay in an ideal location . It's such an unusual loft apartment, spacious yet cosy with a luxurious feel . Katie is really friendly and welcoming and I'm sure we will be back!
Katie and Jonny´s place is beauty full and very, very charming :D
The flat is absolutely worth a visit, and Katie is a very sweet host who took her time to tell us about the place and provided good information and maps of the neighborhood.
It got a bit chilly in the evening, but the nice little fireplace were a cozy place to sit by and the bed was warm and comfortable.
(It is a good idea to bring warm socks or slippers in the wintertime :)
I really recommend this place, and if I go to Birmingham again I will definitely stay here.
Thank-you Sille for a really lovely review- I hope you got back safely and all is well. I noticed just after you left when I was preparing the space for the next guests that the electricty had a tripped switch, which stopped the radiators from working I am not sure if that is what had happened on the evening- if so, you must have been freezing oh gosh, sorry about this! take good care and you are welcome back anytime x
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I (katie), am a brummie- I get excited by most things- especially family, friends, working with children, anything arty, food, any form of sport and games, the outdoors, people in general and airbnb!
We have been hosting on Airbnb since July 2013. When we first put the apartment up on airbnb we didn't really know how and if it would work, whether it was really real and if it actually happened and people would actually come- they do! Much to our surprise, relief and privelage!