A Former Log Cabin Turned Luxury Retreat On The Fleurieu Peninsula

Martin T. Israel

Joe Briello and Jo Lenart have worked throughout numerous artistic industries in advance of recently turning to their real passion—land conservation and travel—in the variety of lodging organization, Rtreet.

Their to start with of several projects to arrive is Timba, located 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 houses and nearby sights, which they felt weren’t capitalised in the area’s present lodging choices. 

Prior to Timba, the property highlighted a log cabin that experienced been ‘let go’ about time, and cleared pastures earlier working as a cattle farm. Joe and Jo’s intent was to appreciably prolong the residence and regenerate the bordering landscape. 

The venture begun with the current home becoming largely gutted, with the exception of restored first features like the timber wall that wraps close to the kitchen, timber home windows, timber roof, and slate flooring. 

The extension was designed to match the grandeur of the organic ecosystem with out dropping the existing cabin’s character, or overpowering the landscape. ‘We desired the dwelling to be an unobtrusive insert into the South Australian landscape, so that when it is observed from across the northern paddocks it looks as although it is merely developing out of the trees,’ claims Joe. 

Ethically-sourced cypress pine cladding achieves this influence, with entirely repurposed timbers (including jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon) inside of that instil an inherently rustic really feel. ‘A critical for us was to make this location truly feel warm and inviting—it is a farm in the McLaren Vale soon after all,’ claims Joe. ‘We didn’t want to deliver way too a lot city slickness right here and lose sight of what it actually is.’

Other additions include things like an updated kitchen area and new bathrooms, both of which emphasize recycled elements this kind of as tapware produced using salvaged copper from the unique framework, and an antique dough bowl from Eastern Europe utilized as the lavatory basin. 

The major household now is made up of a few king-sized bedrooms, with the addition of the new ‘studio room’ future doorway with its personal toilet and en suite.

Joe and Jo had been personally responsible for all the layout and create inside operates on Timba—from the carpentry, to plumbing, demolition, masonry, portray and building—which had been accomplished although residing on site. 

Regenerating the bordering landscape with gardens has been a collaborative work with landscape designers McMillan & Drew, together with the new spa and pool constructed by Outside the house Developments. A new staircase top down from the residence leads to this outside place, which was formerly an unused paddock, generating one more region to capture and appreciate the landscape. 

In depth land revegetation and conservation initiatives have been undertaken on the land to restore its previously cleared pastures. ‘We’ve planted hundreds and countless numbers of native and endemic trees and species, performing with trees for life to restore this previously cleared pasture and regenerate land for our indigenous pals, says Joe. ‘Koalas, echidnas, roos, wombats, possums are abundant on the home.’

Guests at Timba can hope to come to feel immersed in the environment as they relax in luxurious interiors framing stunning views and textures. ‘It’s a quite sensory-weighty place,’ states Joe. ‘The smell of the cladding is so lovely, listening to it transfer in the wind, or as the rain falls on the tin roof. It is magic!

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