A Former Log Cabin Turned Luxury Retreat On The Fleurieu Peninsula


Joe Briello and Jo Lenart have worked throughout various artistic industries before not long ago turning to their true passion—land conservation and travel—in the kind of lodging organization, Rtreet.

Their initial of many jobs 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 selected the web-site for its existing natural properties and close by points of interest, which they felt weren’t capitalised in the area’s present accommodation choices. 

Prior to Timba, the residence featured a log cabin that experienced been ‘let go’ in excess of time, and cleared pastures beforehand working as a cattle farm. Joe and Jo’s intent was to drastically prolong the assets and regenerate the bordering landscape. 

The venture started with the present property staying largely gutted, with the exception of restored initial options such as the timber wall that wraps all over the kitchen, timber windows, timber roof, and slate flooring. 

The extension was intended to match the grandeur of the purely natural environment without dropping the current cabin’s character, or overpowering the landscape. ‘We required the residence 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 only escalating out of the trees,’ claims Joe. 

Ethically-sourced cypress pine cladding achieves this influence, with fully repurposed timbers (like jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon) in just that instil an inherently rustic sense. ‘A key for us was to make this put sense heat and inviting—it is a farm in the McLaren Vale immediately after all,’ suggests Joe. ‘We didn’t want to provide as well significantly city slickness below and eliminate sight of what it seriously is.’

Other additions consist of an up-to-date kitchen and new loos, each of which spotlight recycled products these kinds of as tapware designed applying salvaged copper from the initial composition, and an antique dough bowl from Japanese Europe used as the lavatory basin. 

The main house now includes a few king-sized bedrooms, with the addition of the new ‘studio room’ next doorway with its own lavatory and en suite.

Joe and Jo were being individually accountable for all the style and develop interior is effective on Timba—from the carpentry, to plumbing, demolition, masonry, portray and building—which were being concluded while residing on web site. 

Regenerating the bordering landscape with gardens has been a collaborative work with landscape designers McMillan & Drew, along with the new spa and pool constructed by Outside Developments. A new staircase main down from the house leads to this out of doors place, which was formerly an unused paddock, creating another spot to capture and enjoy the landscape. 

Considerable land revegetation and conservation efforts have been undertaken on the land to restore its formerly cleared pastures. ‘We’ve planted hundreds and thousands of indigenous and endemic trees and species, functioning with trees for lifestyle to restore this previously cleared pasture and regenerate land for our indigenous buddies, says Joe. ‘Koalas, echidnas, roos, wombats, possums are plentiful on the property.’

Friends at Timba can anticipate to sense immersed in the natural environment as they take it easy in high-class interiors framing beautiful sights and textures. ‘It’s a extremely sensory-major location,’ suggests Joe. ‘The odor of the cladding is so attractive, listening to it go in the wind, or as the rain falls on the tin roof. It is magic!

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