Gothic windows overlook the street
Private, bright retreat in historic church hall
Private, bright retreat in historic church hall

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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Ages 2 - 12
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About this listing

Bright and peaceful, the loft is a private sanctuary in one of Melbourne's most unique homes - a former church hall and occasional TV set! With your own bathroom, kitchenette and balcony, have your own space with a warm family welcome.

The loft is in a killer location. It's around the corner from Melbourne's most stunning landmark, the Exhibition Building in the majestic Carlton Gardens. Walk to the city, stumble down Brunswick, Getrude and Smith streets and stroll over to Lygon St.

The space

The loft, a former architect's studio, is fully self contained with kitchenette, small dining table, armchair and TV, comfy double bed, bathroom and sweet balcony overlooking the courtyard and Fitzroy sky. The loft is on the same property as our house but is completely self contained.

Fresh Sheridan towels are provided along with Egyptian cotton sheets and new bedding. Shampoo and conditioner is provided. The dining table doubles as a workspace and WiFi is included. We will provide you with an iron and small ironing board, hairdryer, hair straightener and I can lend you a yoga mat and small yoga ball if you're so inclined.

Kitchen includes stove top, microwave, new pots and pans and crockery, mini fridge and a stock of cooking essentials like oil, vinegar, S&P etc. Tea, coffee and milk is also provided.

There is no TV reception but Aussie TV sucks anyway and we'll leave you with a library of DVDs. We've got a stock of books and New Yorkers to also entertain/enlighten you, cards and scrabble.

We can lend you Myki cards to get around Melbourne's public transport and have a bike you can borrow (suited for long legs).

There is a laundrette right around the corner.

We are just a couple blocks from St Vincent's Hospital and the wider medical district and encourage visiting medical staff looking for a longer stay to contact us directly for availability.

One of the most unique houses in Melbourne, our historic inner city home has evolved from radical church hall, scene of gangster shoot out (!), Aboriginal Kindergarten, home of professional pianist, eccentric 70s architect, sometime film and TV studio, and humble home to our little family.

The place is known around these parts as 'Jack Irish's' house, an ABC drama featuring Guy Pearce whose main character lives in the house. The loft has also been used as a film set for the movie 'Tenderhook' starring Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne. Because of the property's rich history, and pretty awesome wall mural, you can often see tour groups and tourists stop out the front and take pics. We've even come home to someone taking wedding pictures by the front door!

Guest access

Entire loft, balcony and courtyard. There is a BBQ available for use in the courtyard.

Interaction with guests

We will welcome you to your space and answer any questions you may have but will otherwise leave you to your own devices.

If you need any assistance during your stay just knock on our door or contact us on the mobile.

Other things to note

There is a toddler in the house who sometimes cries if he bops his head or doesn't get his meal delivered fast enough. You won't hear him during the night but may hear him during the day when we are hanging out in the house, but it will be from across the courtyard so shouldn't disturb you. We also have a small, chilled out baby. Warning *may make you clucky*

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 11AM - 11PM
Check Out: 5PM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 11AM - 11PM

This is a family home. No loud noise or visitors without prior arrangement. Smoking outside the property. Sorry, strictly no pets due to allergies. Please note there is stair access to the loft.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

31 Reviews

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Emilie User Profile
August 2017
This place was a fantastic spot but not crazy loud or busy. The neighbourhood is excellent and perfect for a weekend away! Georgie was super easy to communicate with and very understanding when our arrival time changed at the last minute. We had a great time and will be back!

Lachlan User Profile
August 2017
Awesome stay at an amazing place! The decor and vibe is super cool yet the converted church is modestly tucked away in a quiet street a couple min walk from Brunswick st. Georgie and Mike were very accommodating and friendly (despite our late arrival!) and made it a really enjoyable stay. Highly recommend!

Julia User Profile
July 2017
Stayed here for a conference at St Vincent's which was an easy 10 minute walk. It was a very easy stay - good for singles or couples. Unlimited dining options nearby - yum!

Beth User Profile
July 2017
Georgie was lovely, very accommodating and very responsive. The loft is unique, a perfect location for exploring the city with easy access to everything, safe, comfortable, surprisingly well stocked and loved the shower. Exactly what we were looking for and would highly recommend.

Jules User Profile
July 2017
Great location and comfortable studio. Will come again!

Chris User Profile
June 2017
What can I say that hasn't already been said. An awesome location with great hosts. The loft was comfy and private; situated within walking distance of shops, bars, coffee and public transport. Georgie and Mike were very flexible and provided great recommendations on local things to see and do. Would recommend again!!

Pierre User Profile
June 2017
We had a wonderful time at Georgie's place. It is perfectly located, in a wonderful neighborhood, at a walkable distance from the city, close to everything you need, and easy if you need to catch public transports. The apartment is very comfortable and lovely. Georgie and Mike have been extremely helpful and made everything easy for us. A great place where to spend a few days in Melbourne! We hope to come back soon.

Melbourne, AustraliaJoined in July 2012
Georgie User ProfileGeorgie is a superhost.

We (Mike and Georgie) are seasoned travellers but we love Melbourne the best, and Fitzroy is the best of the best! We look forward to helping you discover our our great city.

When we travel we love to stay in interesting places and hope to share our unique and historic home with like minded travellers.

We love independent music but with a new family we don't get to see as much live music as we want. Fitzroy is the home of Melbourne's live music scene and we can let you know where to see great gigs.

Mike is a history buff, especially for all things Melbourne, and Georgie's passion is for the outdoors. Luckily there's plenty of ways to combine these interests around Melbourne and wider Victoria. Ask us how!

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Response time: within an hour
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