A Forties Log Cabin Turned Serene Retreat In The Yarra Valley

Carl’s Hut is in Yellingbo, solely an hour’s drive from Melbourne within the foothills of the Yarra Valley. Set amongst nature reserves, grazing land and inside boutique winery, Solitude Property, the one-bedroom lodging looks like a tranquil sanctuary immersed in nature – with solely kangaroo, birds, and wombats because the occasional guests!

Inside designer Susan To first fell in love with the cabin when her now-husband Greg Kerr took her to his household’s winery for a twilight dinner date. ‘I knew this could be a tremendous place to share,’ Susan says.

‘Preserving the pure character of the hut was key to the design course of, however why couldn’t we make the inside super-cosy and opulent, a spot the place visitors might prepare dinner a stunning meal, gentle a fireplace, and revel in a glass of property wine whereas wanting over the close by mountains?’

Greg’s household first bought the property within the Nineteen Seventies when it was in a dilapidated situation. The unique Carl’s Hut was constructed in about 1945, pairing native stringybark logs with a corrugated tin roofing, however within the ’90s the homeowners up to date it, replicating the identical feel and appear as the unique cabin, with the addition of a wine tasting and entertaining room and a big hearth.

So in 2019, when Greg and Susan took over Solitude Property, they launched into a further restoration and renovation that turned the country retreat into the idyllic eco-cabin it’s right now.

The couple engaged native builder Justin Watson and his group of expert labourers for the 10-month transformation, bringing in lime partitions and slab-heated polished concrete flooring for a contemporary look whereas retaining the cabin’s current uncovered logs, which got here from the encompassing farmlands.

‘The hut was all the time about delicate pure textures and understatement. We needed to work with the intrinsic fantastic thing about the encompassing setting, and let it shine; not distracting or flashy, however nonetheless a bit particular,’ Susan explains.

She says visitors usually discover the area’s wineries and eating places, go bushwalking, merely recharge and calm down amid the towering bushes, or watch the sundown whereas having fun with the pure heat from an outside hearth pit.

‘It’s onerous to think about few higher locations to supply a gold class seat to view the 4 seasons as they unfold within the Yarra Valley!’

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