A Former Log Cabin Turned Luxury Retreat On The Fleurieu Peninsula

Kennith Bogan

Joe Briello and Jo Lenart have labored throughout various inventive industries just before not long ago turning to their legitimate passion—land conservation and travel—in the variety of lodging business enterprise, Rtreet.

Their initial of numerous projects to appear is Timba, found 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 existing all-natural homes and close by attractions, which they felt weren’t capitalised in the area’s present lodging choices. 

Prior to Timba, the residence showcased a log cabin that experienced been ‘let go’ over time, and cleared pastures beforehand functioning as a cattle farm. Joe and Jo’s intent was to considerably increase the residence and regenerate the encompassing landscape. 

The venture commenced with the existing property becoming largely gutted, with the exception of restored primary attributes together with the timber wall that wraps around the kitchen area, timber home windows, timber roof, and slate floors. 

The extension was designed to match the grandeur of the pure atmosphere with no dropping the existing cabin’s character, or overpowering the landscape. ‘We desired the home to be an unobtrusive insert into the South Australian landscape, so that when it is witnessed from throughout the northern paddocks it appears as although it is simply increasing out of the trees,’ suggests Joe. 

Ethically-sourced cypress pine cladding achieves this effect, with completely repurposed timbers (such as jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon) within just that instil an inherently rustic really feel. ‘A important for us was to make this spot really feel warm and inviting—it is a farm in the McLaren Vale soon after all,’ suggests Joe. ‘We didn’t want to carry way too much city slickness in this article and reduce sight of what it really is.’

Other additions consist of an up-to-date kitchen and new bathrooms, both of those of which highlight recycled products these types of as tapware designed working with salvaged copper from the unique composition, and an antique dough bowl from Japanese Europe utilised as the toilet basin. 

The primary residence now contains three king-sized bedrooms, with the addition of the new ‘studio room’ subsequent door with its have bathroom and en suite.

Joe and Jo were individually responsible for all the layout and develop interior works on Timba—from the carpentry, to plumbing, demolition, masonry, painting and building—which ended up done though dwelling on internet site. 

Regenerating the bordering landscape with gardens has been a collaborative exertion with landscape designers McMillan & Drew, alongside the new spa and pool created by Outdoors Developments. A new staircase top down from the house prospects to this outside space, which was earlier an unused paddock, generating a different place to capture and take pleasure in the landscape. 

In depth land revegetation and conservation attempts have been undertaken on the land to restore its formerly cleared pastures. ‘We’ve planted hundreds and 1000’s of indigenous and endemic trees and species, operating with trees for daily life to restore this formerly cleared pasture and regenerate land for our native friends, claims Joe. ‘Koalas, echidnas, roos, wombats, possums are abundant on the residence.’

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Attendees at Timba can hope to sense immersed in the environment as they loosen up in luxurious interiors framing gorgeous views and textures. ‘It’s a really sensory-large area,’ says Joe. ‘The scent of the cladding is so attractive, listening to it transfer in the wind, or as the rain falls on the tin roof. It is magic!

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