Haydn Pearce, a Tasmanian businessman, is hoping to turn the morgue of a 1950s psychiatric ward into a hotel near Hobart.

The mental hospital has been closed for nearly a decade, xinMSN.com reports. But Pearce, an antiques dealer and hotelier, recently bought the seven-acre parsel of land on which the hospital and its morgue sit.

"It's still got its terrazzo slabs, and it's still got its pull-out fridge, it's a beautiful thing," Pearce told AFP earlier this week, before adding. "We'll be looking at putting a double bed in one of the rooms and then we have three slabs and two pull-out fridges which could be used."

The Daily Mail reports that Pearce will turn the four-room morgue into an extension of his existing 22-room hotel nearby.

Of the morgue-cum-hotel, Pearce reportedly quipped: "The idea is to give an experience in a morgue before it's too late."

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  • Morgue to Motel

    Australian businessman Hadyn Pearce is hoping to convert a former mortuary in southern Tasmania into the macabre attraction, complete with slabs on which the living can sleep. The 1950s psychiatric institution morgue had been left disused for some ten years, but Mr Pearce is planning to make it an extension of the 22-room Willow Court Motel that he already operates in the old hospital ward.

  • Morgue to Motel

    Australian businessman Hadyn Pearce is hoping to convert a former mortuary in southern Tasmania into the macabre attraction, complete with slabs on which the living can sleep. The 1950s psychiatric institution morgue had been left disused for some ten years, but Mr Pearce is planning to make it an extension of the 22-room Willow Court Motel that he already operates in the old hospital ward.

  • Morgue to Motel

    Australian businessman Hadyn Pearce is hoping to convert a former mortuary in southern Tasmania into a motel complete with slabs on which the living can sleep. The 1950s psychiatric institution morgue had been left disused for some ten years, but Mr Pearce is planning to make it an extension of the 22-room Willow Court Motel that he already operates in the old hospital ward.

  • Morgue to Motel

    Australian businessman Hadyn Pearce is hoping to convert a former mortuary in southern Tasmania into the macabre attraction, complete with slabs on which the living can sleep. The 1950s psychiatric institution morgue had been left disused for some ten years, but Mr Pearce is planning to make it an extension of the 22-room Willow Court Motel that he already operates in the old hospital ward.

  • Morgue to Motel

    Australian businessman Hadyn Pearce is hoping to convert a former mortuary in southern Tasmania into the macabre attraction, complete with slabs on which the living can sleep. The 1950s psychiatric institution morgue had been left disused for some ten years, but Mr Pearce is planning to make it an extension of the 22-room Willow Court Motel that he already operates in the old hospital ward.