See the transformation of one of Australia’s most notorious prisons – which housed the likes of Chopper Reed – into a luxury urban retreat for $700 a night
Coburg’s Pentridge Prison turned luxury urban retreat includes the infamous former prison’s bluestone walls, charging guests $700-plus a night, among the thousands.
An infamous prison that once housed criminals like Chopper Reed and Ned Kelly now welcomes weekend vacationers.
Pentridge Prison in Cobourg, north of Melbourne, has been partially converted into a luxury urban retreat called The Interlude.
The old B section of the prison, which was once home to Ronald Ryan and Chopper Reed, the last people to be hanged in Australia, is now welcoming guests to stay.
The 19 suites that make up The Interlude all feature thick bluestone walls, with rooms ranging in size from four to five rooms.
Due to the thickness of the walls, it took nine months to build a single suite, each of which has a queen bed, a rain shower and a journaling station, the Sanctuary Suite also comes with a bath.
One of Australia’s most notorious prisons that housed criminals such as Chopper Reed and Ned Kelly has been converted into a luxury urban retreat.
The residence has an in-ground pool (pictured) and a hidden cellar, and also has a restaurant.
The accommodation has an underground pool, a hidden cellar and a restaurant
Rooms start at more than $750 per night, with its Sanctuary Suite rooms setting guests back more than $1,000.
Interlude General Manager Jesse Kornoff told 7News, the prison has been transformed from a place you desperately want to get out of to a place where people want to be.
‘People will come and pay a lot of money to be in a fantastic product that realistically people have done everything possible to get out of,’ he said.
Interlude’s first guest was ex-guard Dennis Beer who worked at the prison for 16 years and said he was ‘blown away’ by the makeover.
“People who live outside the prison walls want to know what it’s really like there and understand that history,” he said.
‘Now they have that opportunity.’
The 19 suites that make up The Interlude all feature thick bluestone walls, ranging in size from four to five rooms.
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