ALBANY'S FINEST RESIDENCE
182-188 Grey Street West
ALBANY, WA 6330
This elegant and luxurious mansion, situated on the slopes of Mount Melville overlooking Princess Royal Harbour, is a truly incomparable heritage listed building. Set on 8196sqm of manicured gardens this building offers luxury, history, space, privacy and above all uniqueness “The Rocks” is synonymous with the hospitality of a bygone era, rare grandeur and decadence without ostentation.
Its grandeur is enhanced by its diverse and culturally significant history which includes time as a home for a town mayor, holiday getaway for Western Australian state governors, returning soldiers’ accommodation, a school, hospital and a hostel and now, reinvented as a luxury five star bed and breakfast.
Ask any of the delighted guests who have passed through the doors what makes this building so special and they will wax lyrical about the attention to detail, stately proportions of the grand rooms within and the exquisitely framed vista over well designed gardens and the iconic Princess Royal Harbour.
The main east facing, stain glass door is the entry statement into the most enviable of entrance halls, dwarfing you with its proportions and impressing you with its Victorian styling and original jarrah floorboards. The original Australian Red Cedar staircase, carpeted in Victorian style, showcases the simple but elegant style displayed throughout the building.
The extensive connecting lounge and sitting room is reminiscent of the days of elegance and sophistication, where tea was taken in style, socialising was done around a piano and entertainment was sourced from leather bound books.
Framed by the sizable, velvet draped bay window and French doors to the front veranda, the spaces are dividable by impressive wooden and gilded handle sliding doors and feature original fireplaces, plus modern heating and cooling.
Also on the lower level is the current business administrative of the building, a generous office lined with desk and shelving, storage areas, visitors’ toilets with antique double vanities.
As you make your way through the grand entrance hall and ascend the impressive timber staircase, you reach the upper level which provides access to the Billiard Room, numerous bedrooms and French doors leading out to the wraparound verandah.
The sizable and fully equipped billiard room conjures up images of evenings spent sipping fine liquor amongst the dusky tones of the room’s surrounds, illuminated by the gleaming antique style brass pool table lighting.
While exploring each of the six guest ensuite bedrooms, you are taken on a journey of high class styling, luxury fittings, nostalgic furnishings and the finer things in life. The restoration has brought additional finesse- incorporating original fire places, opulent ensuites and incredible outlooks over the surrounding views.
An industrial sized kitchen is well designed to service current guests with eight stove burners, a commercial stainless steel dishwasher and a huge walk in pantry
It adjoins the formal dining room where there is room to host breakfast or dinner parties with ease.
The kitchen also connects to the sunny atrium dining area, full enclosed and featuring sheer blinds to ensure privacy.
A second sunroom or function area is located on the opposite side of the home, fully glazed to ensure a unique indoor/outdoor connection to the extensive courtyard and adjoining the final reading room and lounge that sits as a centrepiece amongst the rear bedrooms.
The 8196 square metre property of sprawling gardens can only be described as breathtaking, with manicured roses and hedging, established trees, a character garden shed, delightful garden rooms, a lawned amphitheater area and a formal lawn area- a setting for many weddings and boutique events.
What you should know:
– Incomparable heritage listed property
– Albany’s finest residential building
– 7 ensuite bedrooms, regal residence
– 8196 sqm grounds with gated access
– Manicured gardens, private car parking
– 2017/2018 Water Rates $1,604.13
– 2018/2019 City of Albany Rates $3,575.32
Property Type: Residential Homes
Land Size: 2.0 ac