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 worked across different creative industries just before lately turning to their correct passion—land conservation and travel—in the kind of lodging organization, Rtreet.

Their first of numerous projects to occur is Timba, situated on 100 acres in McLaren Vale, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula (about 40 minutes from Adelaide). Joe and Jo chose the site for its existing organic attributes and close by sights, which they felt weren’t capitalised in the area’s existing lodging offerings. 

Prior to Timba, the house featured a log cabin that experienced been ‘let go’ more than time, and cleared pastures earlier working as a cattle farm. Joe and Jo’s intent was to noticeably increase the house and regenerate the encompassing landscape. 

The undertaking started off with the present residence getting mostly gutted, with the exception of restored unique options which include the timber wall that wraps all around the kitchen area, timber windows, timber roof, and slate flooring. 

The extension was developed to match the grandeur of the pure setting with no shedding the current cabin’s character, or overpowering the landscape. ‘We wanted the household to be an unobtrusive insert into the South Australian landscape, so that when it is observed from throughout the northern paddocks it looks as while it is basically rising out of the trees,’ claims Joe. 

Ethically-sourced cypress pine cladding achieves this impact, with entirely repurposed timbers (together with jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon) inside that instil an inherently rustic experience. ‘A vital for us was to make this put really feel heat and inviting—it is a farm in the McLaren Vale just after all,’ suggests Joe. ‘We didn’t want to bring far too a great deal metropolis slickness listed here and reduce sight of what it genuinely is.’

Other additions incorporate an up to date kitchen area and new loos, the two of which highlight recycled elements these types of as tapware produced employing salvaged copper from the unique construction, and an antique dough bowl from Eastern Europe employed as the bathroom basin. 

The major property now contains 3 king-sized bedrooms, with the addition of the new ‘studio room’ next door with its individual bathroom and en suite.

Joe and Jo ended up personally dependable for all the design and build inside is effective on Timba—from the carpentry, to plumbing, demolition, masonry, portray and building—which were being concluded though living on site. 

Regenerating the surrounding landscape with gardens has been a collaborative work with landscape designers McMillan & Drew, together with the new spa and pool created by Outside Developments. A new staircase top down from the residence prospects to this out of doors spot, which was formerly an unused paddock, making yet another area to seize and get pleasure from the landscape. 

Comprehensive land revegetation and conservation attempts have been carried out on the land to restore its formerly cleared pastures. ‘We’ve planted 1000’s and hundreds of native and endemic trees and species, performing with trees for daily life to restore this previously cleared pasture and regenerate land for our native good friends, claims Joe. ‘Koalas, echidnas, roos, wombats, possums are abundant on the house.’

Company at Timba can be expecting to experience immersed in the setting as they loosen up in magnificent interiors framing stunning sights and textures. ‘It’s a quite sensory-major place,’ says Joe. ‘The odor of the cladding is so beautiful, hearing it transfer in the wind, or as the rain falls on the tin roof. It is magic!

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