BIG.SHED.HOUSE is only a kilometre away from all the conveniences of Huonville, the ‘capital’ of this famed apple, cherry and berry growing region. A mere 5, 10 or 15 minutes away from the villages of Ranelagh, Franklin and Cygnet, and a vast array of local wineries, quality food producers, providores, local bakeries, cafes, restaurants and farmers markets.
Hobart, Australia smallest capital city (with some disproportionately big attractions), is a 35 minute drive away (the airport is approximately 50 to 60 minutes).
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The history of the shed really began in the 1840s when British colonialists settled the Huon Valley and planted the first of the apple trees there. At one time there were over 200 apple orchards in and around the local area. BIG.SHED.HOUSE started its life as a sorting and packing shed for the orchard that was located on the property.
Ron Brooks, the internationally acclaimed illustrator of many classic Australian children’s picture books (many of which are set in and around the property and the Huon valley), first moved to the valley in 1993, by which time the old shed was in serious disrepair. However, he always loved the shed and, together with his new wife, Yvonne, first began thinking about doing something about trying to save it about six years ago.
His son, Sam Perversi-Brooks, was by that time a practicing architect, based in Melbourne. Ron floated the idea with Sam of doing something with the shed – at the very least trying to prevent it from falling over altogether (which it was threatening to do), and perhaps turning it into a larger annex to Ron’s existing nearby studio. But then, the ideas grew… Perhaps we could go even further, not only saving as much of the original structure as possible, but trying to do something rather special with it – pulling down the totally unsalvageable sections, saving the best bits we most loved, adding new elements to it, and counterpointing the old with the new to provide a unique accommodation experience.
No journey is without its challenges, but we all believe the end result is well and truly worth it.
Well, enough about us, we look forward to hearing what you think!