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The tiny original kitchen in the cottage is the heart of the home and a great place to display lots of the items the couple collects on their travels.

The tiny original kitchen in the cottage is the heart of the home and a great place to display lots of the items the couple collects on their travels.

A miners cottage in Chewton

Two avid collectors restore an old miners cottage in Chewton in southern Australia to house their collections.

The mix of depression era furniture and antiques is perfect for the house.

The mix of depression era furniture and antiques is perfect for the house.

The pine dresser holds part of Glenny's blue and white china collection, all beautifully displayed.

The pine dresser holds part of Glenny's blue and white china collection, all beautifully displayed.

The miner's cottage sits underneath a large peppercorn tree.

The miner's cottage sits underneath a large peppercorn tree.

What do you do when you run out of room in your small city house to display your growing collection of vintage items? This is what happened to Daniel Burgermeister and Glenny Eastwood, and they solved the problem by buying an old run down 1860 miners cottage in Chewton, central Victoria, and restoring and extending it to create more space for their various collections. Daniel has done most of the renovation and extended the house himself. 

The house had been lived in since the 1950s by a lady in her 90s, and when they bought the property the garden was overgrown with blackberries and gorse, and needed lots of work. It took the couple some years to get the garden under control. There was no bathroom and they had to shower outside for years before Daniel built the bathroom. The house shows Daniel's skills as a builder and renovator and he will go to extreme lengths to get the details of the building right.

“Antique building materials are sourced from flea markets, junk shops and on eBay”

It's hard to tell now what has been added and what was part of the original building. Recycled building materials help give the atmosphere of age to the cottage, and all the work the couple has done is very sympathetic to the old cottage.

Over the years their collections of painted furniture, flea market paintings, antique fabrics and textiles, vintage toys, china, and kitchenalia have expanded and filled the cottage. The couple travels frequently and always manage to visit markets and antique dealers while overseas and bring home a few treasures.

Like a lot of home renovators, Daniel and Glenny “have got the bug”, it has become a way of life hunting down building materials and Daniel has also renovated outbuildings and sheds on the property and built a barn to house guests. 

The light bright sitting room, filled with a carefully curated display of the couple's collections. The wooden trunk carefully hides a TV, Daniel has fitted a clever mechanism to hide the modern day necessity.

The light bright sitting room, filled with a carefully curated display of the couple's collections. The wooden trunk carefully hides a TV, Daniel has fitted a clever mechanism to hide the modern day necessity.

Kiki and Doudou in their paddock at the bottom of the garden.

Kiki and Doudou in their paddock at the bottom of the garden.

The large antique pine dresser holds a small part of Glenny's large collection of blue and white china.

The large antique pine dresser holds a small part of Glenny's large collection of blue and white china.

Some of Daniel's fleamarket painting finds are displayed in the sitting room.

Some of Daniel's fleamarket painting finds are displayed in the sitting room.

 

Daniel Burgermeister and Glenny Eastwood, with Dolly Glenny's beloved 2CV, behind is Red Brick Barn the couples B&B accommodation.

Daniel Burgermeister and Glenny Eastwood, with Dolly Glenny's beloved 2CV, behind is Red Brick Barn the couples B&B accommodation.

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