In Libby Bishop and Stephen Duddy’s formal living room, you can still see century-old evidence of where beer kegs were rolled through the front door and down into the cellar.
This room was once the front bar of the White Conduit Hotel that was first licensed in 1839, rebranded as the Globe Hotel in 1911 and then ceased trading in 1921 because of the inter-war temperance movement that sought to curb alcohol consumption.
Today, Libby and Stephen are selling the home having enjoyed 16 years making the most of a rare city lifestyle afforded by the large two-story property with back yard and garden, all encapsulated in heritage features.
Tucked away on North Street – between Waymouth and Currie streets in Adelaide’s west end – the former pub holds particular heritage value as one of few hotels that was not built at an intersection.
This has meant that for the past 100 years, the property has been perfect as a home.
Libby says a perk of living in a hotel is that it’s fantastic for entertaining or just enjoying a quiet tipple at the end of the day.
“Our favourite spot to have a drink at the end of the day is on the back verandah, which gives us a view of the sun setting as it reflects off the buildings around us, which is rather gorgeous,” says Libby.
“It’s got a beautiful cellar, which has a well in the middle of it, so that’s also a really romantic place to have a drink – we would often have a glass of wine down there.
“It’s great for entertaining. We’ve been very happy here and we’ve had lots of parties and functions.
“We had planned to host a party celebrating 100 years since the hotel closed in 2021, but COVID put a stop to that.”
When Libby and Stephen purchased the property in 2005, Stephen was already familiar with the home, having designed a kitchen renovation for the previous owners in the 1990s.
Now retired, Stephen has worked on designs for many heritage buildings, including the Adelaide Botanic Garden’s $4 million Amazon Waterlily Pavilion and also an addition to the Museum of Economic Botany.
With its many bedrooms, the couple felt the home would perfectly suit their blended family while also catering for visitors from interstate.
In recent years, they have reconfigured the property with upgraded kitchens and bathrooms, while maintaining the home’s heritage. Steve designed the upgrades himself, in sympathy to the heritage of the home.
The home is currently set up as two self-contained terraces and there is also a separate self-contained studio.
“We’ve made it more liveable and flexible with plenty of entertaining space,” says Libby.
“It would suit an extended family like ours with lots of siblings, or nieces, nephews or grandchildren, or it could be a rental proposition where you can live in one side and rent out the other.
“Once all the children had moved out, we realised it was too big and we were rattling around in it. I’m also going to be spending more time in Melbourne with work.”
The home features seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, multiple kitchens, elegant living areas and an office. There’s also parking for five cars.
“It’s a beautiful home with high ceilings, heritage working fireplaces, beautiful jarrah and Baltic pine floorboards,” Libby says.
“The property has a fabulous history and we’ve got a lot of photographs and written history.”
The couple had the opportunity to meet with an elderly couple who had lived in the home immediately post-war when there was an influx of migration to Adelaide.
“He was able to explain what they had done – extra rooms were built out the back because immediately after the war there was nowhere to live.”
Being able to live in the heart of the city in such a large home and garden is a luxury that hasn’t been lost on Libby.
“We love the location; we would walk everywhere. I would run and walk around the river.
“We’re close to parks and restaurant strips. We would walk to the art gallery and the museum; the location’s sensational.
“North Street is a beautiful street with beautiful overhanging trees and there’s a community garden two doors down which is open to all West End residents, so that’s another gorgeous garden space in the same street.
“It really has been a lovely place to live, but then you get to an age when there are new horizons to conquer.”
The sale is being handled by Cynthia Sajkunovic of Ouwens Casserly Real Estate.