JR’S HUT, KIMO ESTATE
“It’s just a lovely place to sit and sip champagne, and listen to the sounds of the bush.”
Inspired by the concept of glamping, and built from materials that bring to mind the traditional farm shed, this open-plan eco retreat is perched atop a hill on David and Emelia Ferguson’s 2833-hectare sheep and cattle property near Gundagai, NSW, around two hours west of Canberra. Dating back to 1830, Kimo Estate is one of the oldest properties in the region, with a variety of accommodation options on offer in historic buildings. The architecturally designed hut is a new addition and was named after James Robinson Snr, “the guy who took Kimo from a squatters run to a cutting-edge commercial enterprise,” says David. “He was regarded as a brilliant, hardworking man.” In contrast, guests staying at JR’S Hut are encouraged to switch off. “The views are amazing,” says David. “It’s just a lovely place to sit and sip champagne, and listen to the sounds of the bush.” A stop at Gundagai’s famous Dog on the Tuckerbox statue is also a must, as is a meal at The Sir George, a recently renovated historic pub in nearby Jugiong. For more information, call 0421 505 949 or book online at kimoestate.com
A collaboration between Geelong-based designer Anthony Hunt and Ballarat architect Luke Stanley, JR’S Hut was designed to make the most of the views of Kimo Estate and the Murrumbidgee River. Inside, a freestanding stove heats the small sleeping and living space in winter, while louvres welcome the cooling breezes in summer.