Short Term Holiday Accommodation in South Fremantle, Western Australia
Welcome to the Silver Street Studio; a most perfect place to rest and relax in Fremantle.
As a summer and winter retreat, the Studio is spacious, stylish, eclectic and very comfortable ... It is somewhere beyond expectation; a haven for those who love art, travel, history, and being spoilt. This private, two story residence is so close to the heart of South Fremantle's culinary hub- yet is in a quiet, leafy and secluded location. Behind high limestone walls and within a lush courtyard garden, the Studio is the romantic's dream 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, South Beach and everything Fremantle has on offer.
Originally envisaged and constructed as artists’ studios and then a gallery, for a sculptor and a ceramicist, 'Silver Street Studio' has been owned, for the last twenty-four years, by another artist and her husband, a geologist. Today, the spaces have been thoughtfully converted into a wonderfully creative and eclectic residence which shares the couple's own love of art and travel. Created from large local limestone blocks rescued from a former Fremantle church, magnificent one hundred year old wharf timbers from Robs 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 the courtyard garden through a small 'hobbit' door within a large 'medieval' gate. In summer, this area is shaded by plane trees, a poinciana, an olive tree, a weeping mulberry and a grape vine. This alfresco garden makes an ideal setting for a private breakfast, a leisurely lunch, or a romantic evening BBQ.
Huge recycled glass sliding doors connect the leafy outdoor area to an open plan, downstairs, living space. There is a well equipped kitchen, a dining setting which looks onto the garden, and a very comfortable lounge area. Beautiful rugs, art works and interior furnishings, together with an idiosyncratic architectural style create a warm, eclectic and serene environment to be enjoyed.
The upper Studio level, originally used as a ceramic studio, is now reached internally via an industrial steel staircase, designed by Troppo Architects. The bedroom has a very comfortable queen size bed, supplied with quality bedding and soft French linen sheets. A light-filled mezzanine walkway connects this space to the bathroom/dressing room which opens onto the north facing balcony. Surrounded by trees, this provides the perfect spot for a private bath 'en plain air' or under the stars; perhaps a glass of wine in hand! The former kiln room sits to the left of the balcony and has now been converted into a peaceful reading/meditation space and occasional spare bedroom in summer.
The downstairs storeroom houses two bicycles for our guests to use around Fremantle and for exploring the coastal heathlands.
On arrival we welcome you with 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 road. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and we will adjust the hamper accordingly.
An extra single bed can be made available on request. We also have a cot and highchair for a small baby. However, although spacious, the building is fairly open plan and we primarily see the Silver Street Studio as a romantic retreat for couples. Please note, the accommodation is not really suitable for active toddlers, or the very frail. It is a unique, wonderfully eclectic, architecturally rich space that truly rewards those with creative spirit who want something beyond, and quite different from 'the norm'.
We are in an enviable location near great cafés and restaurants, Manna Health Foods, three bakeries and various other food outlets, boutique shops, Body Riches Health Spa, Yoga and other facilities. On the marine side, we are just two hundred metres from the Yacht Club, Fishing Boat Harbour and a short walk from both South Beach and/or 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 our nearby stop. It takes a circular route around Fremantle via various sites of historic interest, stopping at the railway station for those wishing to travel into the centre of Perth. But why not take a picnic, follow the cycle tracks and explore.
Fremantle is a wonderful holiday destination: Our visitors can enjoy beach life and a range of available water sports. As well as having a vibrant café culture, there are art galleries, 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 our recently heritage listed 'West End'. A wide range of day trips are available and regular ferries leave for Rottnest Island. Whale watching is a must. All can easily be booked online. More information is available at our local Tourist Office, thisisfremantle.com.au and fremantlewesternaustralia.com.au
Fremantle offers a wide range of evening entertainments but you can of course just sit at 'home', listen to music, watch TV/download a movie, play chess or find a really good 'read' from our excellent selection of books - and relax!
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
"We stayed at Silver Street for three nights. I could have happily stayed permanently and kept wanting to own it. The sunny courtyard, the rugs on the floor, shelves of art books and novels. The soft bed tucked up in the loft. The shops and cafes around the corner. Peace. Complete privacy. Silver street studio is the perfect place for romance, creativity or recovery. It is not like anywhere else and for anyone who appreciates art and beautiful interiors, it is an ideal retreat."
"Wanting to escape the hustle and bustle fo Sydney for a couple days, we couldn't go past Silver Street Studio. The website grabbed our attention and we're so glad we decided to stay for the few days we were in Fremantle. The welcoming owners showed us around the property and all it's gorgeous, homely quirks and then left us to it. Being so close to everything you could possibly need is great and being tucked down a small lane way is even better! We enjoyed our nights playing games with wine in front of the heater before escaping to a bed fit for a king at the top of the building. Mornings were our favourite time of day - we ate a delicious breakfast of fruit and muesli at a dining table flooded in natural light before heading out to discover more of Fremantle. We can't recommend Silver Street Studio highly enough. For anyone who stays in B&Bs; frequently, you'll appreciate the welcome change in staying at a B&B; that is exactly how it's described online."
"We adored staying at the Studio. Our short visit left a huge impression owing to the depth of character of the residence, and the hospitality of its hosts. This place has so much charm and eccentricity (and a wonderful collection of books and art to absorb) but with ample amounts of luxury, comfort and style that make it the perfect getaway at any time of year. Highly recommended!"
"A very enjoyable and romantic weekend away. This ‘home’ is what Fremantle is all about – the warmth and charm of a home full of the rustic character of classic Freo - an amazing haven. Thank you. We will definitely be back and recommending this place to all our friends."
"The Studio is perfect! We had a wonderful honeymoon here – we don’t want to leave. The location is excellent. We cannot fault it and we will definitely return. Many thanks for your lovely hospitality."