Stanley Cottage – history and homely ambiance

Our brief to Rodney and Regina Twiss of North Adelaide Heritage Group was that we wanted a weekend escape in an intimate memorable environment to celebrate a special anniversary.

And here we are ensconced in Stanley Cottage, a unique, historic row cottage in leafy Stanley Street, North Adelaide. It’s one of 20 apartments, cottages and suites owned exclusively by the Group and are within a few minutes’ walk to the cafes and fashion shops in Melbourne Street.

It offers the homely ambiance of a 19th century attached single-fronted dwelling and renovations have created a quaint mezzanine above the open plan parquetry floored living area. This is a light and stylish space which leads to a walled vine-clad courtyard.

The two-bedroom cottage is tastefully furnished in wonderful Australian antiques and odd, exquisite colonial pieces, which come together in delightful, gracious décor.  The traditional main bedroom has a corner fireplace, a Queen-sized bed and a mantelpiece stacked with popular books.  Each bedside table has current magazines.

The galley kitchen is dated, but light, clean and self-contained with a breakfast bar and substantial breakfast supplies. I cook up the eggs, tomatoes and Barossa smoked bacon effortlessly, which we take outside in the secluded vine-dappled patio.

The living room has a circular table as a tour desk and more magazines are welcome reading matter. Its setting provides off-street parking, absolute privacy in a relaxing environment and the row cottages create a remarkable, historic streetscape.

“A delightful weekend in a wonderful intimate cottage with many little touches to make our stay pleasant and relaxing’’.

See or telephone 61 8 8267 2020

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