Demetri and Lila Sideropoulos with daughter Alexia are starring in a reality show based on their renovation of historic Mt Martha property Glynt.JILL MITCHELL. N21ML55
REALITY TV couple Lila and Demetri Sideropoulos have no regrets buying historic Mt Martha property Glynt, despite the huge expense of renovating the ageing beauty.
The couple appear in the four-part Demetri’s Castle on SBS (Thursdays, 8pm until next week), which follows the trials and tribulations of turning their $4.5 million investment into a five-star boutique hotel.
More than $1 million later, the result is stunning: opulent and dramatic like Athens-born Demetri.
It has 32 crystal chandeliers, including one from a maharaja’s palace, Venetian glass mirrors, a mix of antiques, rich furnishings and art by Demetri (who’s also a sculptor and jewellery maker).
As revealed in the first episode, the couple had two “babies” on the go: their renovation project and Lila’s pregnancy.
Gorgeous Alexia, now eight months, is Lila’s first and Demetri’s third child (he has two children from a previous marriage).
Lila and Demetri are hairdressers and make-up artists from Prahran who had always dreamed of running a European-style retreat. They were passing through Mt Martha early last year when they dropped in on the Glynt auction out of curiosity.
Twenty minutes later, they owned it.
“It was meant to be,” Demetri said. “Glynt is like a beautiful lady who had been ravaged by time. I believe we have restored both her beauty and her soul.”
Glynt Manor is at 10 Greenslade Court, Mt Martha. There are six suites, including one in the tower with a rooftop spa and sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay. Rates range from $550 to $900.
The garden is opening this Sunday as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme and from December 6, every Sunday for brunches and high tea.
Bookings: 5974 8400.
King of the Castle, 16th November, Teresa Murphy