The best of architectural shed living is epitomised by The Wensley, a wonderful example of recycled timber done right. Tucked away on 80 acres in Wensleydale you almost wouldn’t know this luxury rustic stay is there, yet the house’s grand structure is revealed once you have driven through a tunnel of eucalypts, with all its sides covered in timber at varying stages of silvering off and floor to ceiling windows, hinting at the exceptional vistas to be viewed from every room within.
Photography by Mikkel Vang
The Wensley, lovingly built by Fran Derham and clever builder husband Michael Robertson, features a mix of recycled Oregon clad walls, mixed hardwood floors (collected over time by Michael), linen furnishings and formed concrete chimney above a roaring fire creates a cosiness and it is hard not to feel right at home. The spacious kitchen and walk-in pantry stocked full with dry goods invites you in. From the kitchen, we were treated with views of the tall Billy Buttons growing just outside then scenery of the surrounding fields & hillsides beyond, all misty and lush in the morning light.
Beautifully executed bathrooms are elevated with exposed brass pipes and brass trimmed shower doors and the bedrooms feature the cloud-like cotton lanterns by The Society inc - it feels as if the house was just an extension of the character of the landscape it is on, earthy & exceptional.
We explored with Fran who took us out for a spin in the Landy, which she drives like a pro on the wet, green grass covering the property. Down the hill and through several gates we soon emerged to a sea of low lying bracken marking the creek that is the beginning of the Anglesea River.
When I visited The Wensley last year we created a little disturbance with The Society inc hardware, where natural textures created the perfect backdrop for our range to seamlessly slip in.