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Cortes Kiln is a retreat in the heart of Australia’s High Country

Located in a 100-year-old tobacco kiln in Australia’s Gapsted, Victoria, this one-bedroom bolthole is designed as a quiet spot to decompress.

Cortes Kiln sits on a walnut farm that has belonged to the Cortes family for generations. Originally, the family grew tobacco plants while waiting for the nut trees to mature, eventually leading to the tobacco kiln’s disuse. Ronaldo Cortes sought advice from Perth architects Kate Fitzgerald and Emerald Wise of Whispering Smith Architects to help with the adaptive reuse of the structure to transform it into a contemporary couple’s retreat.

Cortes Kiln is a retreat in the heart of Australia’s High Country
Photography: Ben Hosking

Interiors are minimalist, with polished concrete and whitewashed walls, alongside minimal pieces of furniture. Restrained decoration puts the focus on the surrounding acre of grounds – visible from the home’s floor-to-ceiling windows as well as its translucent walls.

Cortes Kiln also has an interior courtyard, planted with trees, ferns and hanging baskets, and visible from the living space – meaning visitors are surrounded by greenery even when indoors.

The Aussie holiday home is available to rent from £120 per night via Airbnb.

Cortes Kiln is a retreat in the heart of Australia’s High Country
Photography: Ben Hosking
Cortes Kiln is a retreat in the heart of Australia’s High Country
Photography: Ben Hosking
Cortes Kiln is a retreat in the heart of Australia’s High Country
Photography: Ben Hosking

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