Starting from an empty paddock in the year 2000, we slashed the knee high grass and established an Andoesk little shed. This was the beginning of The Cabin Lorne.
We camped from this humble base for 2 years with Lobo the deer hound cross and as our understanding of the land increased, we started to evolve the idea of the cabin and the surrounding gardens.
The property has beautiful gentle slopes that lead into deep tree fern gullies and over the next 16 years we developed an extensive landscape of European and Australian native plants, shrubs and trees, which is ever changing with the seasons.
The provedence of materials is very important to us and subsequently Don spent many hours sourcing the timbers used to build the cabin at local timber yards. We used a mixture of Australian Cypress Pine and Macrocarpa recovered from power line clearings in the western district of Victoria and milled locally by Robinsons in Barrongarook. The Iron Bark flooring for the cabin was originally wharf timbers from NSW and was supplied Donchi and Nullabour timbers. Part of the cabin extension also included recycled Jarrah basketball court flooring. The floors are coated in a nontoxic Bona Traffic finish which maintains the stunning colour of the wood.
The farm has now matured into a thriving food producing garden with two orchards and two vegetable patches. Here we grow an abundance herbs, vegetables, fruits, foliage and flowers, which are picked annually and are grown using organic practices.
We hope that others will get as much enjoyment out of experiencing The Cabin Lorne as we have had creating this special place.