Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Muddy paddocks, pit toilets and rusting kitchenware are so passé. At least that seems to be the approach taken by owner Dave Cochraine at his fully restored dairy farm, The Dairy@Cavan, in the heart of the Kangaroo Valley.

Cowpats and cattlegrids have been traded for a state of the art kitchen and a big, luxurious spa bath in this wacky architect’s pastoral dream come true. The contemporary restoration of this funky award-winning one-bedroom cottage focuses on open-plan living, with a modern al fresco area just begging you to stretch out on one of its many stylish deckchairs.

With spectacular views of the Barrengarry escarpment yours for free (and just two hours from both Sydney and Canberra), this once-derelict shed on a working cattle farm is truly unique in its appeal – and perfect for a rejuvenating weekend away with a twist.

Details // Cavan Rd, Kangaroo Valley, NSW. From $220 a night.
0412 666 767.

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