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Lush Pastures Cabins, Max Pritchard Architect, eco friendly cabins, south australia, rainwater collection, locally sourced food, eco tourism

Owners Andy and Cheryl, dreamed up Lush Pastures after they retired and sought out a life where they could entertain guests, grow their own food and cook up amazing meals. They found their dream property in Bald Hills, SA and they hired Max Pritchard Architect to design a series of cabins to accommodate guests. The couple, with the help of family and friends, also planted 100 fruit and nut trees in the first year to provide fresh produce along with preserves for use on the property. Lush Pastures accommodates up to 6 people and serves up gourmet meals for a relaxing weekend retreat starting at $300.

The accommodations offer a fresh take on country-style cabins, and they take advantage of the site’s beautiful views and sunny northern aspect. Max Pritchard designed the cabins (as well as Andy and Cheryl’s home) with distinctive butterfly roofs that harvest rainwater and store it in large corrugated iron tanks at the back of the cabin. Each cabin faces the north – passive solar design protects the buildings from sunlight in the summer and enables them to absorb heat in the winter.

Double glazing helps insulate the rooms, and remote-controlled blinds can provide shade when needed. Efficient mini-split systems provide on demand heating and cooling for each unit. The cabins, which are named Oscar, Romeo and Yankee, are vibrant structures that offer the perfect weekend retreat.

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