Actress Teresa Palmer may be based in the US now, but she was born and raised in South Australia, so she’s very familiar with its lush scenery and unspoilt natural wonders. It’s what motivated her to team up with long-time friends Steve Brooks and sustainable-architecture specialist Damien Chwalisz to create intimate and sustainable off-the-grid accommodation.
The team has launched Lost Retreats with a debut cabin at the picturesque Mount Jagged, an hour’s drive south of Adelaide. It’s also near the idyllic beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula and the McLaren Vale wine region, and a short drive away from some of South Australia’s most scenic natural attractions.
The home is on 160 acres of vineyards and olive groves, and has been designed to help you clock off and unwind from the daily grind. This means no wi-fi, but the cabin is surrounded by bushland and walking trails to keep you busy, and there are books, board games and a selection of vinyl records if you want to relax inside.
The cabin is spacious (at least compared to most tiny-house accommodation around the country) and is decked out with sustainable recycled timber, which contrasts nicely with the kitchen’s jet-black features, while large glass windows make the small space seem more expansive.
Solar panels power the site, and an indoor fireplace keeps the whole living area toasty. Outside, a clawfoot bathtub can be used any day of the year. The site’s seclusion means your peace won’t be disturbed while you take in the scenic views and nature sounds from the warmth of the tub.
Luxury linen (for the queen bed), handmade soaps, glassware and ceramics come from boutiques and local artisans on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Lost Retreats has also partnered with local producers to provide food, wine and coffee for guests upon request.
In the future, Palmer and the team hope to expand the luxury eco-retreat venture to other locations across South Australia.