Australian Country Homes

Issue 16

Australian Country Homes celebrates the warmth of the country aesthetic. We open the doors to some of Australia’s most interesting homes and see the enviable everyday lives of those who have made the move to a calmer, more welcoming and personally enriched way of living. Brought to you by Australian Country magazine, this new quarterly publication showcases the best of Australian country residences; from the weekender to the station homestead, the farmhouse to the historical home. Australian Country Homes covers the length and breadth of Australia. In every edition of Australian Country Homes you will see inspiring ideas from real Aussies on real budgets just getting out there and creating wonderfully warm environments. You will also experience rare glimpses into the families and businesses behind some of Australia’s most desirable lifestyles. Tour the styles, the plans, and the self-made touches that create a welcoming country home.

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in this issue

1 min
from the editor

Dear reader, Welcome to another edition of Australian Country Homes. There are so many stunning properties around Australia. We have this gorgeous diversity in our nation and, this issue, we’re celebrating that. We’ve featured traditional homesteads, vineyards, artist retreats and even a polo players’ paradise to intrigue and inspire you when it comes to decorating your own home. With spring well and truly here, we’ve also been getting outside a little more. It’s glorious to feel the warmer sun on our skin and to see the first buds blooming on the trees in the garden. To keep us in the mood to celebrate, we’ve not only included some gorgeous gardens and landscapes in this issue but we’ve also got a little spring feature to help you celebrate the warmer weather, too. So take…

2 min

ADIRONDACK ARMCHAIR BY COTSWOLD TEAK Enjoy comfort and style in your garden when you lounge about in the Adirondack armchair by Cotswold Teak. Complete with optional footrest, this superior armchair has a finely sanded finish — just one example of the high-quality workmanship and attention to detail that have gone into this piece. The Adirondack armchair by Cotswold Teak is made from A-grade Burmese teak, making it incredibly well suited to withstanding the often harsh Australian climate. This garden beauty is available now from Cotswold InOut Furniture and has a RRP of $1295 with the footrest priced at $395. cotswoldfurniture.com.au GUNDAROO Carry your belongings in style using the Gundaroo Duffle Bag or the Gundaroo messenger bag from Thomas Cook Boot & Clothing Co. These stylish, hard-wearing bags are made from premium-quality waxed cotton…

4 min
cottage industry

Some people are imbued with a natural sense of style that’s all their own. They’re not impressed by the latest thing on the block, while the fleeting fancies of fashion leave them cold. Instead, they put a unique stamp on everything they do: what they wear, how they live and even how they work. Alexandra Freeman, jewellery designer and owner of Australian fashion accessories label Polka Luka, falls into such a category. The entrepreneurial Alex kick-started Polka Luka in 2007. This was after many years of living and working in south-west China in environmental and cultural conservation. What followed was a brief stint as a public servant in the nation’s capital and the realisation that she needed a change. “While living in China, I worked primarily with people from minority ethnic groups,” Alex…

6 min
big sky thinking

David Pollock and his wife, Frances, could be described as an unconventional couple. Living on their station, Wooleen, eight hours’ drive north-east of Perth, they are in the midst of the sprawling Murchison region of Western Australia, where stations the size of some European countries have run sheep and cattle for more than a century. But, in 2007, David Pollock did something “really silly”. He destocked his entire half-a-million acres. It was his first year as Wooleen’s owner after taking over from his father, Brett, who, despite more than 18 years steering it through boom and bust, lost his heart for station life after the death of his beloved wife, Helen. The family had cleverly diversified into tourism in 1993 to cushion themselves against plummeting wool prices, converting the sprawling homestead…

5 min
an aussie albergo

“Incomparable host. Excellent food. Fantastic atmosphere. A little bit of Italy on the southwest slopes ... not to be missed.” This is just one of the many upbeat reviews of Willowvale Mill, located in Laggan, New South Wales. It pretty much sums up what guests once experienced in this restaurant, accommodation and conference centre that was set in the original flour mill of this diminutive southern tablelands township. It’s a one-man band that’s has been a long time a-playin’. It was 1972 when entrepreneur Graham Liney first bought the property, which featured a shell of the original 1840s building. Four years later, it was devastated by a freak storm, only to be gutted by fire two years after that. The term “plain sailing” is the antithesis to Graham’s lot. “When I first…

2 min
natural selection

A SUNSHINY SHOWER Exterior shower fittings must be able to withstand the elements, but all plated finishes will deteriorate in time. Perrin & Rowe’s tapware and shower fittings are made from uncoated bare brass, specifically for use outdoors. With exposure, the brass will develop a characteristic patina but not lose functionality. This means you can install one of these bare-brass outdoor showers in your outdoor bathroom and leave the elements to do the rest! englishtapware.com.au TILES WITH STYLE With more than 100 styles to choose from, Schots boasts an impressive range of encaustic tiles in both traditional and contemporary designs. They are made from real concrete, using traditional French artisan techniques. The pigment is impregnated into the tile, allowing it greater wear and tear compared to oriented tiles, making it ideal for outdoor…