Log cabin comes with magic garden
Pottering is a pleasure in this home, writes Tom Bowden.
Arural retreat brought back holiday memories for Martin and Debra Oliver when they bought a McLaren Vale log cabin almost four years ago. ‘‘It’s a beautiful warm, soft-feeling home,’’ Mr Oliver says.
‘‘We come from the UK and we had a couple of ski holidays in Austria and it reminds us of being in a ski lodge, especially in winter with the fire blazing.’’
The home offers open-plan living, has a central dual-door combustion heater in the middle of the main living area, and there is also an enclosed 10.2m x 4.9m alfresco area.
The home has three bedrooms under the main roof and a separate detached room Mr Oliver says could be used for a variety of purposes.
‘‘We’ve used it as a spare bedroom when people come to visit and one thing that seems to appeal to a lot of people is the idea of an art studio,’’ Mr Oliver says.
‘‘There are a lot of artists in the McLaren Vale region and a number of them think it would be perfect to get in the right headspace to create, but also you could open the sliding door and do sales on a Sunday.’’
Mr Oliver said the timber home is great for parties and has great acoustic.
‘‘We’re a bit old-fashioned and we’ve still got the old stereo amplifier from the 70s and the speakers mounted on the wall and the record deck, and the acoustics of the building are beautiful — it’s just like being in a church with the vaulted ceilings,’’ he says.
Mr Oliver says the home offers privacy, but is still close to McLaren Vale’s wineries, shops and cafes, and offers amazing views.
‘‘In the foreground there are hay paddocks, and behind them are vineyards, then behind them are the Willunga Hills and off to one side you can see down to Sellicks Bay, so it’s beautiful,’’ Mr Oliver says. ‘‘It’s magic down here.’’ Mr Oliver says the couple would miss the home’s garden.
‘‘The garden had previously been used as a wedding garden and also a garden nursery because the previous owner was a horticulturalist,’’ Mr Oliver says.
‘‘We potter out there for hours.’’