Take one heritage-listed two-storey bluestone terrace in historic Port Fairy. Create four architecturally designed self-contained suites. Add a breakfast hamper of the region’s finest produce and you have Drift House, a boutique B&B retreat that’s definitely a doily-free zone!
Linked by a metal skin and recessed behind Drift House’s imposing heritage frontage replete with lace ironwork, suite 4 is part of the modern extension “wrapped in a veil of perforated metal” so described by Melbourne architectural firm Multiplicity who worked with owners Colleen Guiney and John Watkinson to transform the 1852 property into a thoughtful design that’s overlaid with a quirky artistic aesthetic.
Colleen and John long dreamed of an escape from the city to a more fulfilling lifestyle and their combined talents are dazzlingly on display in Drift House, particularly Colleen’s artworks and creative styling. They also saw a gap in the market and an opportunity to offer Great Ocean Road travellers world-class contemporary boutique accommodation.
“Luxury is not about brand names, star ratings or dollars. It is an outcome of how you feel; a certain state of mind; an individual experience whether tactile, spiritual, emotional or all three. Drift House is equipped to an impeccable standard and maintained in the spotless condition required for any official 5 star rating, but it is the beautiful design and the environment that it creates, coupled with thoughtful and personal service, not the ticking of boxes, that makes it a unique experience,” say the owners.
It takes time checking in to suite 4 but not because the service is slow – there is just so much to delight in this bright, sunny accommodation. The perforated metal skin and floor-to-ceiling louvres create an enchanting shadow-play throughout the single-level suite. The entry door is covered with a mosaic of the original blue carpet that provided inspiration for the Aegean colour scheme and tiling. A galley runs the length of the space housing a glass pod with a rain shower, deep blue-tiled bath and separate lavatory, unique spaces created with sliding doors. The living zone is occupied by mid-century modern furniture, books and designer magazines are artfully stacked while watching TV takes on a grand dimension with a large screen swinging out from the wall and programs viewed via a ceiling-mounted projector! It’s a sleek, sophisticated amalgam of classic design and high tech entertainment housed within the character of partially-exposed brickwork and the patina of recycled timber.
Drift House’s Five-course Feast for the Senses
- Graze on the Maxi-bar with its fantastic range of gourmet produce including award-winning Basalt wine and Monsieur Truffe chocolate.
- Repose on the King Size bed dressed in Cultiver designer linen.
- Breakfast on heritage-bred, free range eggs straight from the chook.
- Go for a ‘pedalicious’ spin around town on a Cruiser bike inspired by 1970s California design.
- Pre-order a picnic hamper and explore Port Fairy guided by the Drift House’s 24-hour itinerary.
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