Inside this ‘recycled’ cabin lies a stunning retreat – complete with rustic decor, beautiful views and a four-person bathtub made from an old horse trough
- A stunning recycled home showcasing old school windows, recycled timber and an old horse trough in style
- The home is nestled in southern Victoria, two-and-a-half hours from Melbourne and is near the beach
- It is pet friendly and has been designed in a very open plan style with almost everything in one room
The owner describes this home as a ‘handmade shack on five acres’ but one look at the pictures reveals this recycled home is much more than that – it is a one-of-a kind paradise with antique charm and bold beauty.
The home which is located in Walkerville, two and a half hours from Melbourne, and a stone’s throw to the beach has a very peculiar floor plan – that is – very little in the way of walls.
It takes ‘open plan living’ to a new level with the kitchen, king bed, lounge room and dining room all set in the same space.
This stunning home was made from recycled products ‘before it was cool’ and features old school windows and recycled timber
The old school windows are showcased here, in the kitchen, and allow the soft light to pour into the main room of the house
The bathroom is separate from the main building – and inspired by Japanese Bath houses with a huge, central tub
But it doesn’t feel cramped like an inner city apartment – and it isn’t cavernous like a warehouse rebuild.
It is cosy without being cramped, spacious but still uniquely intimate, even the owners, Fleur and Mike Leslie, admit it is ‘hard to describe’.
‘Like, is it a shack, is it a cabin, is it a house?’ Fleur told Domain.
The home has been furnished to match its rustic charm – with a four-poster antique bed the centre piece of the main living area.
The four-poster king bed is the centre piece of the main room and ties in the unique antique style of the home
The open plan living means almost everything, bedroom, lounge, dining and kitchen is in one space
The stunning home is set on five acres of farmland in southern Victoria – two-and-a-half hours from Melbourne
The home’s builder, Melbourne architect Jim Commadeur, tried to use as many recycled pieces as possible when he put together the cabin in the Victorian wilderness.
There’s tin and ply in the walls, and metal windows which were saved from an old school, all ‘before using recycled materials was popular’.
The home makes the most of the property’s soft light and beautiful aspects with large windows overlooking the sprawling farmland.
A second bedroom is on the old veranda, and features two double beds.
The Japanese-inspired bathhouse is away from the main buildings, connected by a long walkway. The sunken bath was a horse trough before it was re-purposed as the centerpiece of the beautiful room.
The bathroom is accessed by these walk boards – and features a shower, and bath big enough for four
The bathroom is enchanting with its beautiful, big bath – which is large enough for four people, and a shower with a view
A second bedroom has been added to the old veranda – it is furnished with two double beds
The second bedroom is tucked away and separated by a door into the main room of the home
‘It fits our family of four,’ Fleur explains on Instagram – about the stunning bath.
The home is available a s a holiday rental – and is perfect for weekend getaways.
It ‘is perfect for couples but sleeps six’ and is pet friendly, and is available for $270 a night with a minimum three-night stay for guests.
There is a dog kennel outside with two beds for pets, however the owners note animals are welcome ‘inside and out’ as long as they keep off the furniture – definitely not allowed on the beds.
There are no neighbours in sight which makes the weekender perfect to escape the business of the world, and to be one with nature.