Combining historic grandeur with modern design at Lyon House

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When David Cook-Doulton and Martin Shew first visited Ballarat, they were immediately taken by the grandeur of the city but also by the people who lived there.

“There are many historical country towns in Australia, however none of them capture the true extravagance of the Victorian era like Ballarat,” Martin says.

On scratching the surface, you also start to realise that there is an immense pride and passion in the people here.

David and Martin are the creatives behind a number of stunningly renovated spaces which fall under the Lascelles Ballarat accommodation offerings.

Their most recent venture – Lyon House – is a sleek, gothic-inspired and moody grand Victorian house that combines the intricacy of the past with contemporary design, making for a lavish and opulent getaway.

Boasting a grand-oversized kitchen and entertainer’s zone, indoor swimming pool in the property’s stables, dual living rooms, its own library nook, and three luxurious bedrooms, the self-contained abode has been lovingly designed to create a real sense of extravagance.

“With every guest and every stay, our ambition is to create a beautiful ‘sense memory’, Martin says.

“All of the properties have been lovingly restored with contemporary decor and Australian art. This juxtaposition of old and new perfectly demonstrates what we love about Ballarat and we hope every guest falls a little in love with this too.”

Located in the Ballarat CBD only a stone’s throw away from the city’s most coveted cafes, eateries and retailers, a stay at Lyon House makes for the perfect escape.

With a background and deep appreciation in design, architecture and art, David and Martin say Lyon House is perfectly positioned in a city that is a melting pot of creativity.

“Ballarat attracts artisans and creatives and there is a sense of can-do and support here that is missing in larger cities,” Martin says.

“People here are protective of the past and yet positive for the future. It’s a great place to have a dream and live it.”


WHAT: Lyon House
WHERE: 15 Lyons Street North, Ballarat Central