Silverleaf Cottage is a French inspired accommodation option on the Mornington Peninsula, now available for those interested in ‘Tiny House’ living to experience what it could be like to live in tiny, yet spacious luxury.
Designed and built by Melbourne graphic designer Bernadette Cronin, Silverleaf Cottage was inspired by economics, a love of French décor, and storybook cottages with their high pitched angles and natural materials like timber and stone.
"I was low on building experience but high on ideas," Bernadette says. "I loved the challenge of creating spaciousness in the smallest footprint possible, which was made easier by elevating the space. It took me about 6 months to build, the result was both economical and practical, coming in at around $146K including all fixtures and fittings and every item of furniture, homewares and luxury linen."
At around just 43m2 in size, the living spaces of Silverleaf Cottage include a loft bedroom, lounge and kitchen area with granite benchtops and timber floorboards, and a luxurious bathroom with a spacious natural limestone shower and vintage leadlight features. The steeply pitched roof is genuine slate and the hand nailed board and batten siding forms an exterior that flexes naturally and allows air circulation while complying with modern requirements.
The ceiling soars to over 6 metres high, and every aspect throughout Silverleaf Cottage has been designed to create a sense of even greater space within the existing architectural lines, using pattern and pitch, form and texture. Vertical lines and an unusual bookcase designed into the pitch of the roof visually elevate the space. Antique paint effects and wood stain age the walls and floor. Candlelight chandeliers and silvered pressed metal ceilings add charm and ambience while Rococo revival furniture with its elaborate curves and scroll motifs inspired by nature and highlighted with silver, reflects the style popular in 18th century France. A bespoke cast iron spiral staircase winds up to the sleeping loft, where an arched casement window frames peaceful views over the gardens and into surrounding trees, so enchantingly lit at night.
For those who wish to experience this unique accommodation, luxury embossed linen and bathrobes are supplied along with bathroom amenities and light snacks. For extra indulgence, Hot Springs Bath House packages are also available. Silverleaf Cottage accommodates 2 people only.
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Check it out at: www.silverleafcottage.com.au
Or call: 0412 165590
French inspired accommodation option on the Mornington Peninsula, and it’s now available for those interested in ‘Tiny House’ living to experience what it could be like to live in tiny, yet spacious luxury.