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The Kilnhouses are three architectural homes located on a 15 acre cattle stud and boutique winery in Porepunkah. The homes pay homage to the Ovens Valley and its Italian Migrant tobacco-growing history. Designed by Sally Draper and styled by Russell Grainger they provide a unique opportunity to experience Victoria’s High Country.

The Kilnhouses | Meet The Makers

Three unique homes situated on picturesque farmland in Porepunkah

Rates start from $350 (AUD) per night 

Located near Porepunkah on a working farm, the kilns provide panoramic views of Mount Buffalo, Feathertop and the Bogong high plains – with vineyard views and cattle in the foreground.

The Origins Guide had a chat with Laura Rigby – host and manager at The Kilnhouses to hear more about the property.

What’s the history behind The Kilnhouses?

Jim and Clare bought the farm approximately 25 years ago. Jim, originally from Bright, wanted a connection to the land and the local community. The property is a working Angus cattle farm. These days it’s also home to three unique spaces and a boutique winey.

Tell me about the homes

The three structures draw inspiration from the iconic Ovens Valley tobacco kilns that dotted the region. Jim and Clare engaged Sally Draper to repurposes aspects of the kilns to create the homes. They have certainly come a long way since first being repositioned to the site.

The homes have historical roots but are contemporary in design and form. Cavedons and Chinaman’s were completed in 2005 and approximately 5 years later The Sorting Shed was commissioned.  

The homes occupy different aspects of the farm though all feature panoramic glass windows which frame the trees, mountain and sky – and not to mention the sleek angus cattle and leafy vines.

Are you originally from the area?

I’ve been managing the homes since the start of 2018. Before this my partner and I were based in Sydney – I was in digital marketing and my partner is a teacher. We were looking for a tree-change and to escape the mould of city living. It’s been an exciting adventure and we’ve fallen in love with the location.

It’s a gorgeous location suitable all year around, with an abundance of natural activities and great food and wine, it’s wonderful to call the area home.

What do guests enjoy about the area and property?

The area is great for nature, food and wine. Here at The Kilnhouses you’re situated amongst a beautiful scenic area however Mount Buffalo is only 2kms away and it’s a short ride along the rail trail into Bright. Each of the homes have 2 bikes and I’m always happy to take guests on a bike tour should they want a guided tour of the area.

Being so close to Bright, King Valley and Beechworth there’s an abundance of great food and wine. Bright also has its own gin distillery and brewery – so it’s definitely worth a visit. Nearby the property is Feathertop, Mayford and Ringer Reef winery.

The bikes come in handy for burning off the lunchtime calories on the way back for dinner at home. Guests do enjoy soaking up the ambience of the property – the spaces are self-contained and perfect for spending time relaxing and catching up with friends and family. We’re always happy to prepare a gourmet food hamper.

The homes are quite special. We even have one guests that returns every winter for 4-6 weeks. A sign of a good thing I guess!

The Kilnhouses - a collection of three unique spaces

Cavedons

A three bedroom home named after the Italian Cavedon family and former owners of the farm, features 2 separate living spaces, each contained within separate kilns moved from the original farm.

Chinaman's

A single kiln home with two bedrooms. It takes its name from the close association between the early Chinese settlement and the Ovens & Buckland Valleys. The space is modern with Scandinavian inspired design features.

Sorting Shed

A commanding two storey, three-bedroom, concrete structure with a luxurious interior. The name is inspired by the process where dried tobacco leaves were sorted in a shed adjoining the tobacco kiln. The lofty ceiling and generous dimensions of the upstairs living area reflect the scale of the original tobacco sorting shed and its adjoining kilns. This home is a perfect adult’s retreat and even boasts its own in-house sauna for a little hygge in the cooler months.

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Brett Diedrich

Brett Diedrich

Prior to creating the Origins Guide Brett was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group where he worked across Europe and the Middle East. Originally from Australia Brett has lived in the USA, Denmark, Hong Kong and the UAE. These days you'll find Brett in Melbourne and regional Victoria shaping the Origins Guide and meeting hosts of unique homes. Brett enjoys spending time with his partner Johan, visiting friends and family (including his gorgeous niece Charlotte), exploring new destinations, places to stay and of course food.

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