This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Cabin Fever

Roundup

We’ve spotted a few big trends over the past twelve months – and, ‘tiny’ trends too.  One thing is clear – 2018 was the year of the cabin / shack / hut / off-the-grid tiny dream home!

We covered a series of truly lustworthy cosy hideaways this year, and today, we revisit our favourites, from Bruny Island in Tassie, to picturesque Gippsland in Victoria, to rural NSW.  (Bonus tip – many of these beauties are available to Airbnb!)

 

 

27th December, 2018

Inside JR’s Hut , at the very top of a hill within the 7,000-acre Kimo Estate in rural NSW. Photo – Hilary Bradford.

Not a bad way to wake up! Photo – Hilary Bradford.

Views from the shower area. Photo – Hilary Bradford.

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 27th December 2018

An A-Frame on the top of the world

At the top of a hill on the 7000-acre Kimo Estate sits a modest A-Frame cabin, with a swoonworthy view across Gundagai. At a compact 28 square metres, JR’s Hut makes a big impact, on a small footprint.  This cosy getaway is specifically designed to encourage visitors to disconnect with the digital, and be truly immersed in the natural world – as such, it’s equipped with only the basics – and electricity is limited to a small solar panel with batteries to run low-voltage lighting. With a strict ‘no phone’ policy, the only tweets you will receive here are of the local bird life variety!

Book a stay and/or Check out our original story for many more pics!

 

The Japanese-inspired ‘Hideaway‘ cabin by Maguire Devine, on Bruny Island in Tasmania. Photo – Robert Maver.

The Bruny Island hideaway was designed to have no furniture, which informed the overall design. Photo – Robert Maver.

A Japanese-Inspired Hideaway in Tassie

Located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania on Bruny Island, this Japanese-inspired ‘Hideaway‘ cabin was designed as a place of refuge by local architectural firm Maguire Devine. Earlier this year, the tiny retreat was awarded the Esmond Dorney Award for Best New Residential Architecture, the Barry McNeill Award for Sustainable Architecture, AND the Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture in the Tasmanian Architecture Awards.

*Sigh*, another DREAM off-the-grid getaway…!

Check out our original story with many more pics here! 

The amazing self-built cabin of Lucy Hersey and her husband Nathan. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Earth pigment painting by Lucy Hersey and second-hand sofa, originally from Freedom. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

The cabin is a trove of op-shopped homewares! Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

A Self-Built Tiny Getaway In Regional Victoria

This bush weekender really set Instagram alight when we shared in earlier this year, and we have been thinking about this tiny treasure ever since! Lucy Hersey and husband Nathan built their pocket-sized retreat with a desire to create a space committed to slow living and low environmental impact. Filled with recycled gems and a library of hodge-podge mugs (yes, we really like their mugs), this mini-marvel has off-the-scale charm factor. Small eco-footprint, big beautiful impact!

Check it out! 

The Ross Farm Cabin designed and run by Andrea Moore in South Gippsland.  Photo – Eve Wilson.

Photographic work on the wall by Andrea’s brother, Lachlan Moore. Furniture by Andrea and her dad (YES, they made that couch!). Bowl by Ella Bendrups. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Brass edged mirror, luggage bench and brass and cypress wall light by Andrea and her dad. Linen and robes by INBED. Akari lamp by Isamu Noguchi. Photo – Eve Wilson.

A Handcrafted Cabin In Gippsland

The Ross Farm Cabin by Andrea Moore and family is a simple and elegant getaway in South Gippsland. This handcrafted accommodation has unfolded under the care and expertise of interior architect Andrea and her family, with influences from Scandinavia and Japan, combined with a distinctly Australian aesthetic. This property combines the raw with the refined, to create a utilitarian luxury location. And just wait until you see the ‘bath’ room… (and yes, you can stay here too!)

Revisit our original story with so many great pics!

Photo – Amy Oliver.

Photo – Amy Oliver.

A Rom-Com worthy Beach Shack

Josh and Jenna Densten’s adorable little beach shack in Skenes Creek just outside of Apollo Bay is dream coastal getaway, filled with a distinct sense of Aussie nostalgia. The story of how Josh and Jenna secured the place is such a sweet story – after five years of longing (and giving up!) they were unexpectedly offered the opportunity to purchase the property, and jumped at the chance. Since moving in, they’ve fitted out their humble shack simply, with vintage furnishings and a ‘lo-fi’ vibe.

Stay here and/or  Check out our original story! 

View Comments

Similar Stories

Homes

A Handcrafted Cabin In Gippsland

Interior designer Andrea Moore’s contemporary rural country cabin, nestled in South Gippsland, Victoria.

Architecture

A Japanese-Inspired Hideaway In Idyllic Tassie Bushland

The 28-square-metre cabin nestled on Bruny Island, that took out three major awards at the 2018 Tasmanian Architecture Awards.

Homes

A Self-Built Weekender Cabin

Lucy and Nathan Hersey's tiny off-the-grid retreat, in regional Victoria.

This Week

Times Like These

Times Like These... With TDF Editor-In-Chief Lucy Feagins

Our very own founder and editor shares some of the ups and downs of the last few months.

Shopping

Krof Cutlery Brings The Elegance Of Fine Dining To Your Home

A design expert and restaurateur join forces to launch a sleek, high-quality Australian cutlery brand.
Sasha Gattermayr

News

Major European Designer Furniture On Sale Right Now At DOMO!

Craving a home spruce? DOMO has got you covered with up to 70% off selected furniture + homewares collections.
Sponsored

Architecture

A Contemporary Farmhouse In Suburban Melbourne!

MRTN Architects design a farmhouse suitable for suburbia in Melbourne's Fairfield!

News

A Free Virtual Art Fair Is Coming!

Melbourne Art Fair unveils a digital program of free exhibitions, studio tours + panel events!
Sponsored

Architecture

A Home Purpose Built For A Woman And Her Cat!

A heritage cottage in Fitzroy North carefully restored and renovated by Atlas Architects.
Sasha Gattermayr

Art

This Sculpture Collaboration Is A Match Made In Heaven!

Artist Kate Florence and sculptor Lucas Wearne of Neighbourhood Studio collaborate on a collection of hand-painted, one-off sculptures.
Sasha Gattermayr

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s 1930s South Yarra Home Is Up For Sale!

One of South Yarra’s tightly held 1930s homes has hit the market, featuring a masterful renovation by its interior designer owner.
Amelia Barnes
  8 hours ago

Gardens

A Suburban Backyard Transformed Into A Lush Garden Retreat

Mud Office complements a modern Ivanhoe extension with this magnificent green retreat!
Sasha Gattermayr
  24 hours ago

Homes

A Waterfront Home In Sydney That Defines 'Approachable Luxury'

The 1880s sandstone home of interior designer Linda Habak and family in Hunters Hill, faithfully extended by Campbell Architecture.

Architecture

An 'Upside Down' Family Home Floating Among The Treetops

A tired 1980s residence in Sydney has been transformed into a serene family home, at the hands of Nobbs Radford Architects.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

An Extraordinary Transformation For This Heritage Sandstone Home

A dilapidated 1870's home in Sydney's Balmain East is restored and extended, with a new concrete addition by Benn + Penna Architecture.
Amelia Barnes
  Less than an hour ago

Giveaway

Sounds Like Home - WIN The Ultimate Home Sound System From Sonos!

To get you through winter we’ve teamed up with Sonos, with a huge prize worth $2936 – Including Sonos' new premium new soundbar, Arc!

Art

Paul Maher’s Paintings Dwell On The Fringes Of Urban Wilderness

The Newcastle artist paints calm, reflective scenes of life on the edge of human habitats, for his second solo exhibition at Saint Cloche.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Voluminous, Contemporary Home Behind A Modest Heritage Facade

A heritage weatherboard is extended and transformed by Tecture, future proofing this home for a family of six.
Sasha Gattermayr

Similar Stories

Homes

A Handcrafted Cabin In Gippsland

Interior designer Andrea Moore’s contemporary country cabin.

Architecture

A Japanese-Inspired Hideaway In Idyllic Tassie Bushland

A simple cabin with a tiny footprint, nestled in magnificent Bruny Island.

Homes

A Self-Built Weekender Cabin

Lucy and Nathan Hersey's tiny off-the-grid retreat, in regional Victoria.