Spectacularly located in the Byron Bay hinterland, Walker Farm is an exercise in liveable luxury. Opulent, yet understated in its materiality, this home challenges your assumption of what a new build looks like and takes upon the visage of a structure which has always been in this landscape. Surrounded by enviable lush hillside views, this home has been expertly designed so that every space feels connected to the landscape.

Located in the hinterland hills of Myocum, just a short 10-minute drive from bustling Byron Bay, Walker Farm has it all. While in the home there is a covetable silence which is only interrupted by the occasional call from a resident wedge-tailed eagle. The home is on a sprawling 40 acres and is still a working cattle farm.

The home was originally conceived via a collaboration between architect Angus Munro of Marc and Co and the property’s owner, Tim Mundy, after months of visiting the site to better understand the view and land. Over time a two-pavilion structure was designed which was inspired by Australian wool sheds. With a focus on the use of natural materials in the structure of the building,
Don Cotterill from Sanctuary 28 was engaged to bring this home to life. Rough sawn hardwood beams, plywood ceilings and exposed brickwork feature throughout the home and were left in their natural state to mirror the location. These exposed bones of the building structure celebrate not only on the material itself but the process of building, something which is ever present in this home, like a fingerprint of the process.

The Designory was engaged to project manage the construction alongside Sanctuary 28, fully detail the home and design an interior which would not only celebrate the architecture of the house but connect it seamlessly to it’s surrounding. The result was collaboration at its best between a team who had a clear goal in mind from start to finish, to create a raw yet luxurious home in a hinterland paradise.

Framing the incredible views and capturing the light became paramount to the design, with the east facing sleeping wing perfectly receiving the morning sunrise and the living areas in the western wing taking full advantage of the stunning sunsets. The two-pavilion structure of this home has a very intentional and clear space layout. The living, dining and kitchen space within one pavilion and all sleeping and bathrooms in the other.
The living pavilion is surrounded on both sides by substantial decks with integrated bench seats which allow the view to take centre stage. It also overlooks the communal firepit area and the palatial pool which doubles as a wellness space thanks to the Australian mineral enriched pool by Theralux. Within the living wing the layout has been masterfully arranged so that no one ever feels isolated. The basalt stone wall houses a dynamic combustion fireplace and assists to ground the interior living space which has vast cathedral-like ceilings bringing a sense of drama to the room. The highly detailed kitchen is equipped with everything the home chef could wish for, from Fisher and Paykel appliances to a Billi Water tap which delivers boiling, chilled and sparkling water to guests, on demand. Stone and timber benchtops and exposed timber integrated shelving take the kitchen joinery from feeling utilitarian to decorative.

The bedroom pavilion houses a rumpus room which was designed to be the perfect place to watch a movie or play games along with a kids bunk room, perfect for a breakout space for sleepovers.
It also houses two bespoke children’s bedrooms, a guest room, a bunk room and a master bedroom suite complete with walk in robe and ensuite. The master suite is one of the stand outs of this build. A huge leather clad wall grounds the bedroom space and brings in warm texture. Leather has been used as a key material throughout this build both in hardware and in decorative elements. The master bedroom instantly connects to you to its surroundings when stepping into the ensuite. Clad entirely with green andesite it has views of the surrounding pine forest and farm below yet remains unashamedly private.

All of the bedroom spaces are designed and decorated with the natural landscape in mind. Layers of natural texture and images of nature feature prominently throughout the designs. The result is spaces which all feel distinct yet connected to one another thanks to a palette of organic materials which are inspired by the surrounding environment.

Interior Design: The Designory | Architecture: Marc And Co | Builder: Sanctuary 28 | Photographer: Jessie Prince & Cat Gerke