There’s practically nothing like a trip to Hobart – exactly where neighborhood larders, craft breweries and specialist boutiques are the norm – to make you realise it is the compact facts that count.
Make heritage-listed Captain’s Cottage your base camp and you will be confident to go back to wherever you have come from with a handful of new concepts for residence styling.
Very first constructed in the 1800s for a ship’s captain, the quaint residence on a hill is the lead character in its personal story, retold exquisitely by owner and stylist Kylie Breaker by means of her regarded collections.
“The history of the cottage has guided us in making our story,” Kylie says, adding, “the land title was initial granted in 1826, having said that there is uncertainly about precisely when the cottage was constructed.”
Regardless, verify in right here and you are instantaneously whisked away to yet another time and spot.
Its dark timber wall panelling, brass tapware, moody grey walls and steep 19th century staircases are worlds away from the sleek and contemporary interiors we’ve come to anticipate from normal travel in company hotel chains.
Rather than go by means of the motions, Captain’s Cottage forces you to quit and appear about, peruse the tiny facts and develop curious about who might’ve lived right here more than the years.
“Captain’s Cottage has a soul, it is one of a kind and distinctive, and extremely a great deal loved. It is uncomplicated to envision a ship’s captain returning residence to the cottage to drop anchor, immediately after lengthy periods of time at sea, bringing residence with him beloved treasures identified on his travels,” Kylie says.
“Everything in Captain’s Cottage has been very carefully regarded to make sure it tells her story – from antique silver cutlery to seafarer vintage books.”
Whilst Kylie and her husband Sean reside on the mainland, they are frequent guests to Hobart, and have been on the hunt for the ideal bolthole in the city ahead of a actual estate agent tipped them off about Captain’s Cottage.
It produced sense for the couple to continue the property’s legacy as vacation accommodation, so immediately after acquiring the residence in August 2019 they set about carrying out it up.
“The cottage was in great situation when we bought it and we’ve only undertaken cosmetic renovations to date. Outdoors we have painted the balustrade, windows and courtyard arbour. Inside we painted the current kitchen timber cupboards, fireplace mantel and have constructed a housekeeping cupboard. We’ve also changed light fittings all through and installed extra acceptable heating sources,” Kylie says.
What is stark – and great news for anyone inspired to undertake a related makeover on their personal residence – is that the perform Kylie has carried out on Captains Cottage is by no implies unachievable.
Offered the cottage is mainly a vacation rental, Kylie and Sean saw no require to overcapitalise on residence decoration. Their pieces are a mixture of vintage treasures and a handful of particular newer things. The concentrate is not so a great deal on a single-off designer pieces, but rather the collection as a entire how just about every piece loops back to the house’s historic roots and sea wanderer’s narrative.
“Soon immediately after we bought the cottage we commissioned Sarah Andrews, who assisted us with the styling. We have a curated collection of new and old furnishings, nautical and seafaring themed curiosities, treasures and art. It is a perform in progress and when choosing pieces I constantly appear for items that are stunning. Each and every time we check out I add a tiny bit extra appreciate, enriching the story and practical experience.”
Kylie’s prized piece is a portrait of a “handsome gentleman” in the master loft bedroom.
“I feel of him as the captain of our cottage,” she says. “He’s friendly and welcoming, and provides the space a actual sense of calm and security, like a protector who watches more than you. I usually appear at him and am reminded of fond childhood memories watching The Ghost and Mrs Muir. He’s like Captain Gregg.”
What’s notable about a keep right here is undoubtedly the sense of escape. Whilst it is in the heart of almost everything Hobart has to present (Salamanca Location, Battery Point, trendy bars and cafes) inside it feels remote, bound in the romance of a faraway town or spot.
“When our guests keep at Captain’s Cottage I want to take them on a journey, but I also want them to unwind and neglect about their busy life for a moment. We’ve developed an practical experience exactly where guests really feel welcome, the space is cozy and relaxed, and delivers luxury things identified in hotels but a lot extra personable,” Kylie says.
“We have so lots of guests comment that Captain’s Cottage is ‘stunning’, ‘dreamy’, ‘magical’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘an absolute dream to stay’. She’s extremely particular and evokes warm feelings and memories, a single of these types of areas that has to be knowledgeable to seriously comprehend the story.”
Knowledge Captain’s Cottage for your self. Rates commence from about $245 per evening.
All photos by Marnie Hawson.