Country Style - - WINTER WEEKENDS -

“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.

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