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Warburton’s Arch House

Warburton’s so-called arch house is settling into its environs after a fascinating construction process, Andrew Cooke writes. Tyrone Jaspers beckons me into a utility room in a corner of his home, which is nestled into the side of a hill overlooking the Upper Yarra valley. “Take a look in here,” he says, showing off the extraordinary […]

Big Business – Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

The owners of Yarra Glen’s phenomenally successful chocolaterie have entrepreneurial spirit running in their veins. Leanne Neeland laughs as she recalls her introduction, at the age of 18, to the cut-throat economics of running a small business. “I enjoyed eating and entertaining so I thought I would start a catering business out of mum and dad’s […]

School House Revival

  The historic former Mardan State School has been given new life through extensive renovations and plenty of love by a former student. The MARDAN STATE SCHOOL (Victorian School number 2156) site was established in 1884 to serve the fledgling rural communities of Mardan and Mirboo North. Today it is owned by Garth and Deni Lisle. […]

True Brew

A young family has  ‘upped sticks’ from Thornbury in Melbourne to follow their dream of creating true brew and spirits from within the beautiful old bank building in Loch village, South Gippsland. After spending six years planning around the kitchen table Craig Johnson and Mel Davies left behind their city lifestyle to fulfill their dream of […]

Artist’s paradise

Artist Kay Craig’s studio, like her botanical paintings, is a feast for the eyes. Kay’s stunning illustrations line the walls; vases of flowers and pots of orchids sit as only an artist can place them; even the pencils are beautifully lined up in pretty jars; all while classical music plays in the background. A bank of windows […]

Ageless Paradise

When an artist and an energy consultant meld their love for mudbrick homes and reclaimed pieces, the outcome is simply breathtaking. Words Kristin Lee Photography Celeste Faltyn Robert and Liz Stygall’s Provençal-cum-Tuscan-style mudbrick abode, which stands prominently on a lush green hill near Emerald, appears ageless. While it is indeed a rare, profoundly serene and […]

Gin Art

Hidden away in the town of Warrandyte in the Yarra Valley, the newly established Four Pillars Gin Distillery is quietly working away purifying spirits, bottling botanicals and slowly taking over the world of hand crafted spirits in Australia. The Yarra Valley has long been renowned for it’s vineyards and wineries, so it’s no surprise to […]