A Former Log Cabin Turned Luxury Retreat On The Fleurieu Peninsula

Joe Briello and Jo Lenart have labored across a variety of imaginative industries right before not too long ago turning to their real passion—land conservation and travel—in the kind of lodging business, Rtreet.

Their first of a number of assignments to occur 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 website for its existing all-natural properties and close by attractions, which they felt weren’t capitalised in the area’s current accommodation choices. 

Prior to Timba, the residence showcased a log cabin that had been ‘let go’ in excess of time, and cleared pastures formerly functioning as a cattle farm. Joe and Jo’s intent was to noticeably lengthen the residence and regenerate the bordering landscape. 

The challenge started out with the current home becoming mainly gutted, with the exception of restored initial characteristics together with the timber wall that wraps all around the kitchen area, timber home windows, timber roof, and slate flooring. 

The extension was made to match the grandeur of the purely natural surroundings with no dropping the current cabin’s character, or overpowering the landscape. ‘We wished the property to be an unobtrusive insert into the South Australian landscape, so that when it is observed from across the northern paddocks it appears as even though it is simply developing out of the trees,’ claims Joe. 

Ethically-sourced cypress pine cladding achieves this result, with entirely repurposed timbers (which include jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon) within just that instil an inherently rustic really feel. ‘A crucial for us was to make this location experience heat and inviting—it is a farm in the McLaren Vale just after all,’ claims Joe. ‘We didn’t want to bring way too considerably town slickness listed here and drop sight of what it definitely is.’

Other additions contain an up to date kitchen and new loos, the two of which highlight recycled elements this sort of as tapware designed working with salvaged copper from the unique construction, and an antique dough bowl from Jap Europe applied as the rest room basin. 

The principal residence now incorporates 3 king-sized bedrooms, with the addition of the new ‘studio room’ following doorway with its personal toilet and en suite.

Joe and Jo ended up personally accountable for all the structure and make inside is effective on Timba—from the carpentry, to plumbing, demolition, masonry, painting and building—which ended up accomplished when living on web page. 

Regenerating the encompassing landscape with gardens has been a collaborative effort and hard work with landscape designers McMillan & Drew, along with the new spa and pool developed by Outside Developments. A new staircase main down from the house qualified prospects to this outdoor region, which was previously an unused paddock, building a different area to capture and take pleasure in the landscape. 

Extensive land revegetation and conservation initiatives have been undertaken on the land to restore its formerly cleared pastures. ‘We’ve planted thousands and 1000’s of native and endemic trees and species, performing with trees for life to restore this formerly cleared pasture and regenerate land for our native good friends, says Joe. ‘Koalas, echidnas, roos, wombats, possums are plentiful on the property.’

Attendees at Timba can expect to feel immersed in the natural environment as they rest in high-class interiors framing beautiful sights and textures. ‘It’s a very sensory-weighty area,’ states Joe. ‘The scent 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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