A Former Log Cabin Turned Luxury Retreat On The Fleurieu Peninsula

A Former Log Cabin Turned Luxury Retreat On The Fleurieu Peninsula

Joe Briello and Jo Lenart have labored across numerous imaginative industries before just lately turning to their accurate passion—land conservation and travel—in the type of lodging business, Rtreet.

Their initial of many jobs to occur is Timba, positioned on 100 acres in McLaren Vale, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula (about 40 minutes from Adelaide). Joe and Jo selected the web page for its current all-natural properties and close by sights, which they felt weren’t capitalised in the area’s current accommodation offerings. 

Prior to Timba, the residence showcased a log cabin that had been ‘let go’ more than time, and cleared pastures previously functioning as a cattle farm. Joe and Jo’s intent was to considerably extend the house and regenerate the encompassing landscape. 

The challenge commenced with the current home being mainly gutted, with the exception of restored authentic capabilities which includes the timber wall that wraps about the kitchen, timber windows, timber roof, and slate floors. 

The extension was created to match the grandeur of the natural setting without having getting rid of the current cabin’s character, or overpowering the landscape. ‘We desired the dwelling to be an unobtrusive insert into the South Australian landscape, so that when it is seen from across the northern paddocks it appears to be like as though it is only developing out of the trees,’ says Joe. 

Ethically-sourced cypress pine cladding achieves this impact, with totally repurposed timbers (such as jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon) within that instil an inherently rustic truly feel. ‘A essential for us was to make this put truly feel warm and inviting—it is a farm in the McLaren Vale immediately after all,’ claims Joe. ‘We did not want to carry way too considerably town slickness in this article and drop sight of what it truly is.’

Other additions consist of an up-to-date kitchen area and new bogs, both equally of which spotlight recycled components this kind of as tapware made using salvaged copper from the authentic construction, and an antique dough bowl from Eastern Europe employed as the rest room basin. 

The principal property now includes 3 king-sized bedrooms, with the addition of the new ‘studio room’ subsequent door with its individual lavatory and en suite.

Joe and Jo have been personally accountable for all the design and style and build inside performs on Timba—from the carpentry, to plumbing, demolition, masonry, portray and building—which ended up completed even though living on site. 

Regenerating the surrounding landscape with gardens has been a collaborative effort and hard work with landscape designers McMillan & Drew, together with the new spa and pool created by Outside the house Developments. A new staircase foremost down from the household sales opportunities to this out of doors area, which was formerly an unused paddock, making a further space to capture and delight in the landscape. 

In depth land revegetation and conservation initiatives have been undertaken on the land to restore its formerly cleared pastures. ‘We’ve planted hundreds and countless numbers of indigenous and endemic trees and species, functioning with trees for everyday living to restore this formerly cleared pasture and regenerate land for our indigenous good friends, says Joe. ‘Koalas, echidnas, roos, wombats, possums are considerable on the assets.’

Attendees at Timba can anticipate to feel immersed in the environment as they chill out in luxurious interiors framing spectacular views and textures. ‘It’s a very sensory-weighty area,’ states Joe. ‘The scent of the cladding is so wonderful, listening to it move in the wind, or as the rain falls on the tin roof. It’s magic!

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