A good vintage: the home of sommelier Matt Skinner


The heritage-listed home of sommelier Matt Skinner and his family is perfectly set up for relaxed entertaining.

Matt Skinner in his Beaumaris home.

Matt Skinner in his Beaumaris home. Photo: Armelle Habib

The home Godsell House is a three-bedroom modernist home in Beaumaris, Melbourne, designed and built by architect David Godsell in 1960 as his family home. Constructed of fawn-coloured bricks and Californian redwood, it is now heritage listed.

Who lives here Sommelier and wine writer Matt Skinner, of thedrinkslist.com, with his wife Carly, their children Indi, 10, and Ned, 6, and three cats.

What we did "Over eight years we've done a lot of things you can't actually see, such as replacing the roof, the wiring, the plumbing and the flooring," says Matt. "Beyond that we've restored, repaired or replaced what was already here."

Favourite room "I love the kitchen because I cook a lot. I'm happiest when the house is full of people enjoying themselves. I also love the lounge room, where we spend a good chunk of our weekends trawling through the papers, wrestling with the kids and listening to records."


The 'hood "We're a minute away from the beach. It's very laid back and feels as if you're on holidays most weekends."

Future plans "None, other than trying to preserve and maintain David Godsell's original design."

Best advice "Resist temptation and get to know a space before you do anything significant to it."