June 14, 2024


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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 throughout different imaginative industries prior to not long ago turning to their legitimate passion—land conservation and travel—in the variety of lodging business enterprise, Rtreet.

Their initially of various initiatives to come is Timba, located on 100 acres in McLaren Vale, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula (about 40 minutes from Adelaide). Joe and Jo chose the web site for its present purely natural properties and close by attractions, which they felt weren’t capitalised in the area’s existing lodging offerings. 

Prior to Timba, the residence showcased a log cabin that had been ‘let go’ about time, and cleared pastures formerly functioning as a cattle farm. Joe and Jo’s intent was to appreciably prolong the assets and regenerate the surrounding landscape. 

The undertaking commenced with the current household remaining largely gutted, with the exception of restored original options which includes the timber wall that wraps close to the kitchen area, timber home windows, timber roof, and slate flooring. 

The extension was created to match the grandeur of the natural ecosystem devoid of shedding the existing cabin’s character, or overpowering the landscape. ‘We required the house to be an unobtrusive insert into the South Australian landscape, so that when it is noticed from across the northern paddocks it appears as however it is just increasing out of the trees,’ says Joe. 

Ethically-sourced cypress pine cladding achieves this result, with entirely repurposed timbers (which include jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon) in that instil an inherently rustic experience. ‘A critical for us was to make this spot really feel heat and inviting—it is a farm in the McLaren Vale soon after all,’ claims Joe. ‘We didn’t want to provide much too a great deal town slickness in this article and eliminate sight of what it seriously is.’

Other additions contain an current kitchen and new bathrooms, equally of which emphasize recycled materials this sort of as tapware created applying salvaged copper from the original framework, and an antique dough bowl from Jap Europe used as the bathroom basin. 

The major residence now has a few king-sized bedrooms, with the addition of the new ‘studio room’ following door with its personal rest room and en suite.

Joe and Jo had been individually accountable for all the design and build inside will work on Timba—from the carpentry, to plumbing, demolition, masonry, portray and building—which had been finished though living on site. 

Regenerating the bordering landscape with gardens has been a collaborative work with landscape designers McMillan & Drew, alongside the new spa and pool developed by Outdoors Developments. A new staircase main down from the dwelling prospects to this out of doors place, which was beforehand an unused paddock, producing yet another location to capture and get pleasure from the landscape. 

Extensive land revegetation and conservation efforts have been carried out on the land to restore its previously cleared pastures. ‘We’ve planted 1000’s and thousands of indigenous and endemic trees and species, performing with trees for daily life to restore this formerly cleared pasture and regenerate land for our indigenous friends, suggests Joe. ‘Koalas, echidnas, roos, wombats, possums are considerable on the property.’

Company at Timba can hope to truly feel immersed in the environment as they loosen up in high-class interiors framing gorgeous views and textures. ‘It’s a pretty sensory-significant spot,’ claims Joe. ‘The smell of the cladding is so attractive, hearing it transfer in the wind, or as the rain falls on the tin roof. It is magic!

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