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THE COB BARN

Handsculpted Eco Retreat
 
The Cob Barn Deck at Night
The Cob Barn Bedroom
FEATURES
Guests are provided with delicious breakfast provisions including free range eggs from our chickens, a cob loaf (of course), berry/oat Granola and yoghurt.

Inside the Cob Barn guests can enjoy the warmth of a delightful wood fire and can relax with a selection of DVDs, books, games and music.

The kitchen is well equipped for meal preparation, with hot plates, oven and an espresso coffee machine.

Outside, there is a BBQ and a fire pit on the deck overlooking the lake.

Bathrobes and electric blankets are provided.

Heating is provided by a wood heater. An ability to operate a slow combustion wood heater is necessary.

Check-in is anytime after 2pm and checkout is at 11am.

The Cob Barn Staircase
The Cob Barn Doors
ACTIVITIES
Self Guided Walks
There is an easy walking track through the temperate rainforest behind The Cob Barn. You can walk beneath giant manferns, Blackwoods, Sassafras, Mountain Ash, Dogwood and Musk. The track follows a circular path up the slope beside a mountain stream, then back down to The Cob Barn through changing forest glades.

The Cob Barn is just a stones throw from Misty Mountain Peonies -the small specialist cut flower farm and plant nursery, run by the owners. You might like to take a stroll through the peony patch and see how things are growing. The flowering season varies from year to year, starting around mid November through to late December.

 

The Cob Barn Living Area
The Cob Barn Kitchen
THE ENVIRONMENT
From the Owners:

“As well as offering guests a unique earth building for their accommodation and a superb example of temperate rainforest for them to explore, we have undertaken a number of important Environmental Initiatives.

1. Water Use
Our water comes from a spring-fed mountain stream, gravity fed to the building, filtered for sediment and bacterial impurities. Storm water is directed from the roof and driveway into the adjacent lake, which supports native water birds, platypus and freshwater crayfish.

2. Recycling
We provide facilities for guests to separate their waste into hard waste, recyclable (bottles, cans, plastic and paper) and green waste for composting.
We avoid plastic and non-recyclable packaging of products used in The Cob Barn where possible. For example, milk is provided in re-usable glass bottles.
Our bed linen is from sustainably grown cotton.
3. Chemical Use
We use Tri Nature sphagnum moss disinfectant, Earth Choice plant-based, cruelty-free cleaning products, and Eucalyptus oil for surface cleaning and laundry.
We provide handmade soaps for our guests, containing all natural products including olive oil, coconut oil, essential oils and peony root extract from our own peony farm.
4. Building
The original timber beams for the barn were sourced from the property. In addition, we have used FSC certified timbers in the renovation of the Cob Barn, to provide a framework for the cob infill, which is comprised of earth, sand and straw.
The cob walls are 200mm thick and with ceiling insulation there is excellent thermal mass heat retention from the north facing widows and slow combustion wood heater. Wood fuel is sourced from storm windfall timber.
5. Minimum impact trails
There is a minimum impact trail through the rainforest behind The Cob Barn. The track follows a circular path up the slope beside a mountain stream, then back down to The Cob Barn through changing forest glades.

The Cob Barn is also a home for the Mount Arthur Burrowing Crayfish (Engaeus orramakunna) a listed endangered species of freshwater crayfish. We also have a resident Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Lobster. Also known as Giant Lobster or Giant Freshwater Crayfish (Astacopsis gouldi), it is the largest freshwater lobster in the world.”

The Cob Barn Ferns
The Cob Barn Entrance

What we love…

The Cob Barn offers stunning couple’s accommodation in a luxurious hand-sculpted cob building which is nestled on the edge of 40 acres of temperate rainforest beside a small lake.

Through the french doors you can view the lake that is visited by wild ducks and sometimes platypus. There is a small rowboat on the lake for your enjoyment. Or relax round the fire pit at night under a starry heaven.

Absolutely enchanting!


Tell me more…

The Cob Barn is a retreat set in temperate rainforest on the northern slopes of Mt Arthur high above the village of Lilydale in North East Tasmania. The building is made from timber and cob, a mixture of clay, sand and straw, with interior lime rendered walls. Once an old timber barn, it has been beautifully renovated to provide unique self-contained ecotourism accommodation.


Get the Facts

Where is it?  Near Lilydale, North East Tasmania

What?  Hand Sculpted Eco Cottage

Styles of Accommodation?  One Self contained cottage

Who?  Couples. Not suitable for children under 12 years

Accessible?  There is a staircase.

How much? From $250 per night depending on length of stay room type.


Sounding Good?  Read on…

Set on a property which contains nearly 40 acres of temperate rainforest near to the Mt Arthur Forest Reserve, The Cob Barn is a unique earth building and a superb example of temperate rainforest  in which guests can explore the beauty of the area.

Despite much of the mountain being logged in the 19th and early 20th centuries, this pocket of forest has remained largely undisturbed and there are many examples of large rainforest trees and massive tree ferns which you can wander beneath.

The main species of trees include Sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum), Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), and Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) (the tallest flowering plant in the world), the understorey shrubs include Dogwood (Pomaderris apetala) and Musk (Olearia argophylla), and there are glades of Tree Ferns (Dicksonia antarctica), some up to 6 metres tall.

The Cob Barn is home to abundant bird species, wallabies, possums, wombats, bandicoots, snakes, lizards, quolls, leeches, scorpions, frogs, echidnas, and platypus visits our dams on occasion.

Host: Jo and Caleb
Address: Doaks Road, Lilydale
Lilydale, Tasmania 7268

Photographs by Emily Dimozantos

The Cob Barn

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FEATURES
Guests are provided with delicious breakfast provisions including free range eggs from our chickens, a cob loaf (of course), berry/oat Granola and yoghurt.

Inside the Cob Barn guests can enjoy the warmth of a delightful wood fire and can relax with a selection of DVDs, books, games and music.

The kitchen is well equipped for meal preparation, with hot plates, oven and an espresso coffee machine.

Outside, there is a BBQ and a fire pit on the deck overlooking the lake.

Bathrobes and electric blankets are provided.

Heating is provided by a wood heater. An ability to operate a slow combustion wood heater is necessary.

Check-in is anytime after 2pm and checkout is at 11am.

ACTIVITIES
Self Guided Walks
There is an easy walking track through the temperate rainforest behind The Cob Barn. You can walk beneath giant manferns, Blackwoods, Sassafras, Mountain Ash, Dogwood and Musk. The track follows a circular path up the slope beside a mountain stream, then back down to The Cob Barn through changing forest glades.

The Cob Barn is just a stones throw from Misty Mountain Peonies -the small specialist cut flower farm and plant nursery, run by the owners. You might like to take a stroll through the peony patch and see how things are growing. The flowering season varies from year to year, starting around mid November through to late December.

ENVIRONMENT
From the Owners:

“As well as offering guests a unique earth building for their accommodation and a superb example of temperate rainforest for them to explore, we have undertaken a number of important Environmental Initiatives.

1. Water Use
Our water comes from a spring-fed mountain stream, gravity fed to the building, filtered for sediment and bacterial impurities. Storm water is directed from the roof and driveway into the adjacent lake, which supports native water birds, platypus and freshwater crayfish.

2. Recycling
We provide facilities for guests to separate their waste into hard waste, recyclable (bottles, cans, plastic and paper) and green waste for composting.
We avoid plastic and non-recyclable packaging of products used in The Cob Barn where possible. For example, milk is provided in re-usable glass bottles.
Our bed linen is from sustainably grown cotton.
3. Chemical Use
We use Tri Nature sphagnum moss disinfectant, Earth Choice plant-based, cruelty-free cleaning products, and Eucalyptus oil for surface cleaning and laundry.
We provide handmade soaps for our guests, containing all natural products including olive oil, coconut oil, essential oils and peony root extract from our own peony farm.
4. Building
The original timber beams for the barn were sourced from the property. In addition, we have used FSC certified timbers in the renovation of the Cob Barn, to provide a framework for the cob infill, which is comprised of earth, sand and straw.
The cob walls are 200mm thick and with ceiling insulation there is excellent thermal mass heat retention from the north facing widows and slow combustion wood heater. Wood fuel is sourced from storm windfall timber.
5. Minimum impact trails
There is a minimum impact trail through the rainforest behind The Cob Barn. The track follows a circular path up the slope beside a mountain stream, then back down to The Cob Barn through changing forest glades.”

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