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Fountain Terrace

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Penny and Heikki Minkkinen
28 Mary Street, St Kilda West, Melbourne, Victoria

Tel: + 61 (0)3-9593-8123
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)3-9593-8696

Walking up from the beach, I’ve passed Fountain Terrace many times and each time I’ve stopped and stared at its grand façade, imagining what elegance lay within. Now I know.....

.... As one American guest put it, "it’s museum-esque". Chandeliers, ornately framed prints and chinoiserie have perfectly captured the opulence of the Victorian era. From the Corinthian-columned hallway to the butter-yellow and black marble drawing-room the attention to detail is evident in every intricate architrave. Bedrooms are named after Australian luminaries. I stayed in Henry Lawson, a big room with gold and navy brocades. Next-door was Nellie Melba, decorated in French blue and white, with private sitting-room and French windows to a wrought-iron balcony. It wasn’t always like this. Fountain Terrace was once a boarding house painted in mission brown. Nothing’s quite as it seems in St Kilda, which is of course what gives it its charm. As if to prove it, the vivacious Penny invited me along with regular guests for a night out and introduced us to a side of St Kilda I barely knew existed. At the back of a pub I’d normally avoid, I ate authentic goulash amidst thick-set Europeans. Later, we simply walked into what I’d thought was a private house to drink beer with old veterans in a delightfully dilapidated RSL. At breakfast with another set of guests, I concluded that if St Kilda is about shabby chic, then this is the chic bit. (p)A five-minute walk from Fountain Terrace, the Minkkinen's have a stylish one-bedroom apartment in an old-style art deco building. It is up one flight of stairs and has a modern, contemporary decor with LAN internet and cable TV.(I)

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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Children Welcome    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    
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Rooms: 7: 1 king suite with en/s shower and bath; 1 king with en/s bath; 2 king and 3 queen with en/s shower. Apartment has 1 king/twin with en/s shower.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. First-morning breakfast provided in the apartment.
Directions: Mary Street runs parallel with Fitzroy Street and sits between Beaconsfield Parade and Canterbury Road.

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