Escape seems to be on the forefront of everyone’s mind right now. Escape from quarantine, escaping to the beach, the desire to experience anything different than we have since March. While I’m perfectly content to keep the status quo in my own home, if I could decamp to the other side of the world, and wake up with the views from The Range at Byron Bay, I would gladly do so.
The property, having been lovingly restored by DFJ architects for owners Tom and Emma Lane, expands quietly across 120 acres in the Bryon Bay hinterlands of Australia. The inspiration a realization of a lifelong love of Spanish architecture, from summers spent admiring the Fincas nestled into the hills of the Canary Islands, to future family trips exploring Barcelona, Cadeques, and the Baleriatic islands of Spain.
At first glance, what drew me into this property was its essence of the American Southwest. Having driven from Georgia to California last year, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia…for beautiful, wide open views, and homes punctuated by artisanal textures, organic materials, the expansive views, and the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. It reminded me of waking up in Santa Fe and wishing there was a way to have more time. Fitting then, to find it mentioned that some say The Range is reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe’s artist retreat in New Mexico. I’m sure that this property exudes the same magical energy of the high desert.
It seems to me this property is best enjoyed outside. With the owners having planted 50,000 native trees across the property, and sweeping fews from atop Picadilly Hill down to the sea. All enjoyed while lounging by the mineral pool. As a special treat, a few Canary Island Palm trees were also imported and planted from The Canaries, as a special ode to a childhood dream realized.
What do you think? Would you stay for a week or a month? To me, neither option feels long enough.
All images via The Range Byron Bay // The Style Files, unless noted otherwise.