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 a variety of artistic industries before a short while ago turning to their real passion—land conservation and travel—in the variety of lodging business enterprise, Rtreet.

Their initial of quite a few assignments to come is Timba, situated on 100 acres in McLaren Vale, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula (about 40 minutes from Adelaide). Joe and Jo selected the web site for its existing organic qualities and close by points of interest, which they felt weren’t capitalised in the area’s current lodging choices. 

Prior to Timba, the home highlighted a log cabin that experienced been ‘let go’ about time, and cleared pastures beforehand functioning as a cattle farm. Joe and Jo’s intent was to significantly lengthen the property and regenerate the encompassing landscape. 

The task begun with the existing house staying mostly gutted, with the exception of restored authentic attributes which includes the timber wall that wraps all-around the kitchen area, timber home windows, timber roof, and slate flooring. 

The extension was developed to match the grandeur of the natural natural environment without getting rid of the current cabin’s character, or overpowering the landscape. ‘We wished the house to be an unobtrusive insert into the South Australian landscape, so that when it is viewed from across the northern paddocks it seems as although it is simply just expanding out of the trees,’ says Joe. 

Ethically-sourced cypress pine cladding achieves this outcome, with completely repurposed timbers (which includes jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon) inside that instil an inherently rustic come to feel. ‘A key for us was to make this position feel heat and inviting—it is a farm in the McLaren Vale following all,’ says Joe. ‘We did not want to deliver too much metropolis slickness listed here and shed sight of what it really is.’

Other additions incorporate an updated kitchen and new bathrooms, both of which emphasize recycled products these types of as tapware produced working with salvaged copper from the authentic framework, and an antique dough bowl from Jap Europe made use of as the toilet basin. 

The primary dwelling now is made up of three king-sized bedrooms, with the addition of the new ‘studio room’ up coming door with its very own bathroom and en suite.

Joe and Jo were being individually dependable for all the design and create inside works on Timba—from the carpentry, to plumbing, demolition, masonry, painting and building—which have been concluded while dwelling on web-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 crafted by Exterior Developments. A new staircase primary down from the dwelling leads to this outdoor area, which was previously an unused paddock, creating a further location to seize and take pleasure in the landscape. 

Comprehensive land revegetation and conservation attempts have been carried out on the land to restore its formerly cleared pastures. ‘We’ve planted thousands and thousands of indigenous and endemic trees and species, operating with trees for lifetime to restore this previously cleared pasture and regenerate land for our native pals, says Joe. ‘Koalas, echidnas, roos, wombats, possums are ample on the residence.’

Guests at Timba can be expecting to experience immersed in the environment as they relax in lavish interiors framing breathtaking views and textures. ‘It’s a quite sensory-significant place,’ claims Joe. ‘The odor of the cladding is so gorgeous, listening to it shift in the wind, or as the rain falls on the tin roof. It’s magic!

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