An All-White Barn to Inspire Your Country Lifestyle Dream

“We have people stopping in the street, looking at it and taking photos.”

 

White, traditional, and loved for its simplicity.

This Cedarspan™ barn is set on three acres of land amongst a homestead and cottage, complementing its surroundings.

 

All-white inspiration, the Cedarspan™ barn complements the homestead at Belle Heath 

 

“We wanted a barn, and thankfully Cedarspan™ had the design we were after. They had the traditional style.”

 

Mel and Matt chose a custom-size Loft Barn in board and batten with barn-style double doors.

Custom-size Loft Barn 40H60 in board and batten with barn-style double doors, and colorbond roof in Woodland Grey

 

“I think board and batten is making a comeback. The fact that it’s been around for a long time, it is quite on-trend.”

“The barn doors attract people. It’s a huge feature.”

 

And a photographer’s dream.

 

It’s a nice day for a white wedding, the Cedarspan™ barn provides the perfect backdrop

 

“Every week, I have a photoshoot.”

“Oz Design, Flower Power, Pet Barn, and Married at First Sight have filmed here.”

 

The classic barn inspired a coastal-themed photoshoot. Picture credit @ozdesignfurniture

 

Away from the lights and cameras, the barn takes on practical use.

“My husband races cars. We needed something that could be multi-purpose, a larger three-car garage.”

 

Multi-purpose space, the barn also serves as a three-car garage

 

It was 2016 when Sydney couple Mel and Matt hit the road searching for a tree change, settling in Grose Wold.

“We ended up finding this house outside of the bubble that we lived in forever, and we are happy that we moved up here.”

“We needed a single-story house because my husband had some big health issues, and he couldn’t manage the stairs very well.”

 

The barn has since provided Matt with a space to pursue his hobbies.

“It’s man heaven.”

“He adores that space. He loves it.”

“Everyone needs to have their space to go to unwind. He is such a good handyman, so he makes things and builds things.”

 

The Cedarspan™ Loft barn, manufactured in a few weeks, installed in a few days

 

Installed to lock-up stage, insulation is a standard feature of all Cedarspan™ barns, cabins, and cottages

 

Mel says she and her husband have embraced the rural lifestyle since fleeing the big smoke.

“The barn certainly goes a long way to give us that feeling.”

“It did start us off on a beautiful path of designing the rest of the three acres.”

 

And now, Mel has a new vision for the property.

“Our plan moving forward is to open our garden for people who want to visit. Our barn will feature heavily in what we do here.”

 

Dreaming of your own rural getaway or barn?

 

We’d love to show you just how fast & easy it is to add a Cedarspan building to your property.

We’re a third-generation family business and have been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

Click here to download prices, or give us a call on 1300 635 966 to get your project underway.

 

 

Cedarspan Loft Cottage Becomes Tourism Icon

It’s one of the only places where the mail gets delivered by boat.

Welcome to Brooklyn, a small town, an hour away from Sydney.

Population 722.

It’s also home to a tourist attraction with a history.

Here stands a custom-made Cedarspan™ Loft Cottage known as The Riverboat Postman.

“I had exactly the idea of what I wanted it to look like, and it needed to become this icon of Brooklyn.”

 

Custom-made Cedarspan™ Loft Cottage, The Riverboat Postman, an icon of Brooklyn

 

One of its owners, Catherine Pignéguy, says, “it’s now become part of this little square of heritage-looking buildings, even though mine is brand new, but it looks like it’s been there forever.”

 

The first Riverboat Postman started its mail service in 1910, delivering post and essentials to the water access only settlements upriver from Brooklyn.

In 2012, the ferry postal run went into liquidation, so Catherine, her husband, and brother-in-law who run Hawkesbury Cruises found themselves delivering the mail.

“Australia post rang us and said, okay, now we’re in trouble because you guys are the only other charter boats in the greater Sydney area. Can you do it while we work out what we’re going to do next?”

 

And so began a long battle to give The Riverboat Postman a home on the Brooklyn Marina.

“All we needed to do was fight the Lands Department to get the shed that belonged to the post run, which was the dilapidated little thing that flooded knee-high at every high tide.”

 

The old shed, now the site of The Riverboat Postman

 

“When I went to Cedarspan™, I said, look, this is my problem. I have to submit a tender to The Lands Department with a plan of what I’m going to do, so I need a plan from you guys.”

“They were amazing. They designed the shed. They gave me all the plans for it which needed to be submitted to Lands.”

 

Meanwhile, Catherine set up shop in the marina carpark.

 

Catherine’s truck, The Riverboat Postman’s makeshift ticket office

“I ran my office at the back of a Pantech truck, selling tickets for the cruise.”

“I would have anywhere between 50 and 200 people coming, queuing up outside the truck. No power, everything had to be self-sufficient.”

Onboard for the ride as The Riverboat Postman delivers mail along the Hawkesbury

 

With patience came a big victory.

“I said to Cedarspan™; we’re done. We’re ready to go.”

“My absolute favourite memory is the fact that it took three years almost to the day of fighting with The Lands Department to allow me to do it.”

“After three years, it went up in 2 days.”

“It was phenomenal, absolutely amazing.”

 

An icon is born, The Cedarspan™ panels going up

Custom Cedarspan™ Loft Cottage, manufactured in a few weeks, assembled in two days

 

“The locals have embraced it now. They love the fact that it’s there, and they can use it as a directional point as well.”

“I would probably say without a doubt; it’s the most photographed Cedarspan™. It’s in everybody’s tourist pictures of Brooklyn.”

 

Custom-made Cedarspan™ Loft Cottage with Weathertex cladding

 

And now, it’s about to feature in an upcoming Destination NSW campaign as the State continues to revitalise tourism.

“We had to shut down for six months last year, so the mail was being run out of a tinnie.”

“All the deliveries coming through Australia Post had to be hauled up onto people’s wharves.”

“We were delivering these big boxes of toilet paper all over the river!”

 

The Riverboat Postman has become an icon of Brooklyn, NSW

 

While the path to running the Riverboat Postman was accidental, Catherine says it’s a time of her life she’ll never forget.

“To have left the next generations of this run with this cool little shed is even more special.”

“That’s my stamp on it.”

 

Dreaming of building your own rural retreat?

 

Cedarspan™ is the leading manufacturer of quality Cottages, Cabins, and Barns throughout Australia.

Made by Australians for Australians since 1976.

For more on how to get your own cabin, cottage, or barn made to order just for you,  give us a call on 1300 635 966 to get your project underway.

Click here to download prices.

Exploring NSW: Oberon

Sydneysiders, the ultimate weekend escape awaits you!

Oberon is a relaxing rural destination 2.5 hours from Sydney, that will make you feel a million miles from the city. 😍

Enjoy a  day exploring the breathtaking Mayfield Gardens, grab a fresh bite to eat at The Mayfield Cafe and then stay the night in a cozy Airbnb. 🌲👌😉

Scroll down for our full list of what to do & where to stay in Oberon.

 

EXPERIENCE: Explore hectares of breathtaking gardens 

Explore hidden gems across 16-hectares of perfectly manicured gardens.

Mayfield Garden is open 363 days a year (9am – 4:30pm, final entry at 3pm.)

Pricing is very reasonable (and infants enter free!).

Click here to book

Mayfield is the secret Aussie garden you have to visit - Starts at 60

Mayfield Garden

 

EAT: Delicious Farm-to-Table Food

A couple of hours of exploring gardens will work up a healthy appetite, so we recommend stopping by Mayfield Kitchen before you leave!

Open for breakfast or lunch, sit down and enjoy the seasonal farm to table menu which features produce grown on-site.

As one reviewer said; “Delicious food. Amazing presentation and big portions.”. What more could you want after a day spent in the sunshine?

Grazing Platter - Photo by Domino Houlbrook-Cove - Mayfield Cafe, Oberon -  Tripadvisor

 

 

STAY: In a spacious alpine-style chalet (that’s big enough to host your extended family!)

After a day spent exploring Oberon & surrounds, retreat back to a relaxing alpine-style chalet.

Lake Oberon Estate boasts not one, not two, but FOUR spacious chalets which can be booked for overnight stays.

Perfect for extended family get-togethers, this estate has plenty of space and beautiful facilities available to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

View Lake Oberon Estate on Airbnb

 

Looking for something smaller? 

St Clements Cottage is for you!

This chic little red cottage is a warm, cozy airbnb that is perfect for two (or just a few).

“Approximately nine kilometres from Oberon town centre. It is set amongst six acres of a family owned property where stunning English gardens meet rustic tablelands countryside.”

View St Clements Cottage on Airbnb. 

St Clements Cottage

St Clements Cottage is the Cedarspan 30C40 Cabin.

 

Have we inspired you to treat yourself to a weekend away? 

We love exploring rural NSW and all of the treasures this beautiful state has to offer!

Where should we explore next? Tag us on Instagram (@cedarspan.com.au) and you just might see your favourite destination (or hometown) featured soon!

 

Feeling inspired?  Create your own Airbnb or Holiday Property.

If you’re thinking about creating your own Airbnb with a prefab Cedarspan cabin, we’re here and ready to make it as easy as possible for you.

CEDARSPAN™ buildings are pre-made in our western Sydney factory to lock-up stage (externally complete) and then assembled onsite in just few days. 

It really is the quickest & easiest way to build on any rural property and has been proven time & time again since we started in 1976.

We have installers we can recommend, or you can use any qualified local builder to assemble the kit on your property.

Click here to download our price list, which contains dimensions + pricing for the Cedarspan range. We’ll be in contact within a few days to answer any questions you may have.

Already downloaded the price list? Click here to schedule a phone call so we can help you further. 

Exploring NSW: the best things to see & do in BERRY

If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway with fun to be had, #dontpassbyberry!

A pleasant 2 hour drive down the coast from Sydney will take you to the relaxed, inviting town of Berry, NSW.

With its combination of amazing stores, friendly locals and breathtaking landscape, Berry has all the right elements for the perfect weekend.

We’ve tracked down the best things to see & do in this picturesque town. You’re welcome!

 

1. E A T // DONUTS

Need we say more?

Drop by for a quick donut or two, a delicious Gabriel coffee and a pretty snap for the gram, and you’ll see why The Famous Berry Donut Van lives up to its name! 

 

2. S H O P // Gorgeous boutiques. 

While in Berry, be sure to browse the local stores for some #weekendaway finds. 

Globally sourced products, carefully curated and presented with a gorgeous small-town vibe will make you feel right at home.

Visit Amara Home for international designer pieces for the home and luxurious styling inspo.

 

At lunchtime, be sure to check out Little Rae General Store.

Between classic homewares, fresh salads and delicious sweets, there’s plenty to feast your eyes (and belly) on here!

 

 

3. E X P L O R E //Stunning scenery 

A 10 minute drive from Berry takes you to Shoalhaven heads and Seven Mile Beach. Two of the most picturesque areas of the NSW coastline, just brimming with things to see and do.

Whether its a casual bushwalk, a stop at the beach or something more adventurous like stand-up paddle boarding, memories are sure to be made and the hours will just slip away!

 

 

 

 

If you’re lucky, you might even come across Jack’s Espresso – Berry’s roving caffeine providore  – in your travels! 

 

4. E N J O Y // Picturesque Wineries. 

Sit back and relax at the Cellar door of Silos Estate.

Combining a beautiful restaurant, boutique wines and breath-taking views, Silos Estate is a must-visit in the Berry Region.

 

 

5. R E L A X // Cozy Accomodation. 

Last but certainly not least, somewhere cozy and comforting to rest at the end of the day, the Drawing Rooms of Berry is a gorgeous property that really feels like home. 

Make the most of the view from your room with a high-pitched ceiling & picture windows, or get outside for a morning walk around the beautiful grounds.

 

Have we inspired you to treat yourself to a weekend away? 

We love exploring rural NSW and all of the special treasures this beautiful state has to offer!

Join us at @cedarspan as we celebrate the Relaxing Rural Lifestyle.