A Rustic Farmhouse Lodge In The Blue Mountains

After taking possession of this scenic property within the Blue Mountains in 2016, journalist and TV presenter Edwina Bartholomew and her accomplice Neil Varcoe spent the primary few years focussed on renovating the farmhouse constructing, and tending to the land on the rundown property.

‘There was a inexperienced tree frog residing within the lavatory and a backyard hose connecting the tank to the home,’ remembers Edwina. ‘Like many renovators, if we knew how a lot work there was to do, we in all probability would by no means have began.’

The land had been overgrazed for a few years and was in very drained situation. Neil and Edwina promptly eliminated all dwell inventory for six months with a view to relaxation the bottom, and planted practically 5,000 bushes with the assistance of their neighbours and BirdLife NSW, to spice up the positioning’s pure rehabilitation.

‘It’s very rewarding to see these bushes towering over us now and the land and the creek that runs by the property slowly regenerating,’ says Edwina. The couple renamed the regenerated property ‘Warramba‘ and commenced to consider sharing its 100 acres of rolling land and wildlife with different visitors.

The cottage was initially a shearer’s cottage and constructed out of sandstone from a close-by quarry within the 1800s. Given its rustic appeal, Edwina and Neil resisted making too many modifications – solely what was essential to carry the home right into a habitable, twenty first century customary.

They engaged Melbourne agency, Studio Esteta to advise on the up to date design, structural format and fixtures, after which native builders, Pirie Properties, to finish the renovation. The home now comfortably sleeps eight individuals throughout three bedrooms, with French doorways and shuttered home windows opening to the pure surrounds. From there, Edwina selected all of the furnishings – proper right down to the vintage Japanese materials in the lounge! Different luxuries embrace the newly expanded toilet, which incorporates a bathe, bathtub and overhead skylight that floods the room with pure mild.

In response to Edwina, the 2 most idyllic spots on the property are the attractive wrap-around verandah, which presents an ideal view of the dam that kangaroos congregate round within the morning; and the swag deck on the high of the property – a standalone timber platform perched on a hill, which can be utilized for tenting or just a viewing spot to mild a hearth and watch the sundown over the rolling hills. Image good!

Ebook a keep at Warramba right here.