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The Range Byron Bay: A consciously designed Spanish-style homestead in the hinterland

Set on 120 acres of prime land in the picturesque Byron Bay Hinterland, The Range boasts a strong sustainable ethos and combines Spanish design with an ultraluxe natural approach.

A sophisticated sanctuary with spectacular views over Picadilly Hill and glimpses of the Pacific Ocean is what you’ll find at The Range Byron Bay. From its position at Cooper’s Shoot in the Byron Bay hinterland, just minutes from the popular coastal township in Northern NSW, The Range is a not only a family home but the ideal escape for those looking to immerse themselves in European architecture and enjoy private, tranquil, nature-filled surrounds.

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Owners Emma and Tom Lane – also co-founders at ​The Farm​ and ​The Beach House East Coast​ – spent 10 years searching for their piece of Australian paradise. When they found it, the pair who had previously called the Canary Islands home, forged ahead with their plan to create a sustainable, consciously designed retreat they could share with others.

“We set out to create what we believe is a perfect fusion of an Australian farmhouse with Spanish Finca influences,” the Lanes say. “We wanted to ensure that we honoured Australian design while paying homage to both cultures.”

Vision and design

Barefoot sophistication in Australia with a nod to traditional Spanish Finca (farmhouse) design is what the Lanes were going for with this project. Not only has the pair combined the old with the new by repurposing some of the original property’s features, they’ve also used materials from the region. For example, the fireplace in The Homestead’s sunken lounge is made from rocks foraged from the acreage it sits upon, while a number of local artisans have a presence throughout the establishment too, their furniture or furnishings represented across the well thought out space.

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Differing textures are a highlight – think terracotta tiles, textured rendered walls and repurposed beams – adding depth and warmth to the rustic Australian themed colour palette.
All about open-plan living, the rustic three-bedroom hilltop sanctuary boasts a macadamia orchard and has indoor and outdoor dining areas, a sunken lounge, butler’s pantry, a TV room, powder room, and an amphitheatre-style fire pit to enjoy there’s not much to want for here.

The sustainability

Respecting nature is what this venture is all about. In the words of its owners “The Range sits quietly in the landscape” and is at one with nature. Being off-grid, it captures its own water and generates its own solar energy. According to Emma, she and her husband are always working toward making more conscious choices about the environment.

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The garden is irrigated using a pump from the property’s spring fed dam, and large eaves and openings provide summer shade and allow for cross ventilation and cooling during the warmer months.
Electricity is generated through The Homestead’s solar panels and that power is stored in a large battery bank that kicks in as required. Firewood is sourced from fallen timbers on the property and recycled Australian hardwood is used in the bathroom vanities.

From an integrated standpoint, plenty of recycled materials were used in its construction – the old roof tiles are now on the floor, there are roof beams from an old bridge, and as previously mentioned, the foraged rocks have been repurposed too. In a bid to assist with regeneration of the land it calls home, 50,000 native trees have been planted in the past 12 months.

Accommodation options

The Homestead can be rented on a minimum seven-night stay basis (rates differ depending on time of the year) but it’s not the only accommodation option at The Range. The Barn Studio is themed around a converted tractor shed that’s lined with spotted gum timber and it’s slick and beautifully designed with incredible views of the hinterland beyond. The Cabin Inn rounds out the offerings. The rustic style converted shed features old timbers and vintage furnishings and provides guests views out across the valley.

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Aside from the environs and obvious ultraluxe appeal, guests are able to book additional services to elevate their stay, including private chefs, massages, babysitting, onsite personal training, and yoga.

Where?

Website: www.therangebyronbay.com.au

Address: Piccadilly Hill Road, Coopers Shoot NSW 2479

When?

The Range Byron Bay is available to rent in its entirety during NSW and QLD school holidays.

Melinda Healy
Mel is an Australian-made global roamer with a passion for travel. More interested in passport stamps than possessions she has an inquisitive mind, an adventurous spirit and a talent for storytelling. She is a keen photographer, loves searching out great coffee shops, and believes we can have a positive impact on the world so long as we keep the planet in mind.