Farm Life with a City Twist
June 22 2022
A picturesque estate lined with macadamia trees and overlooking the Northern NSW coastline may seem an unlikely setting for a home that draws inspiration from an inner-city warehouse.
Ballyshaw Farm, a 320-acre estate in the rural village of Knockrow, is just 15 minutes from Lennox Head and Ballina Airport, and only 25 minutes from the coastal hotspot of Byron Bay.
An elevated position high on the hill captures an impressive hinterland to coastal vista with glimpses of the ocean by day and, after sundown, the twinkle of lights from Lennox Head, Ballina and the steady beam of Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Ballyshaw Farm encompasses a bespoke three-bedroom main residence on 150 acres with 3,000 macadamia trees. Approximately 800 metres away on the lower section of the property is a well-kept four-bedroom home on 170 acres with 18,000 macadamia trees.
“Right now, prestige buyers value space, lifestyle and location above all else, and this private, picturesque property ticks all of the big boxes.”
Built from reclaimed timber, the main residence was completed just over six years ago by former Sydney stockbroker and banker Neville Miles and artist wife Beryl.
Having left the city for a quintessential Byron Bay sea change, the couple sought to replicate the scale and openness of their former Sydney home.
The 750m2 converted Surry Hills warehouse, which dates back to the 1870s, was extensively renovated by the Miles’ and sold for what was a record-setting price in 2012.
The Miles’ have incorporated the warehouse style of living into their purpose-built home to achieve a similar sense of space and connection.
A refined palette of organic finishes including wood, steel, concrete, and stone delivers a home that sits in total harmony within its lush hinterland surroundings.
Open plan living with cathedral ceilings soaring up to seven metres invites natural light to pour inside and illuminate vast white walls where a treasured art collection enjoys gallery-like presentation.
Timber sleepers, reclaimed from the former railway bridge in nearby Bangalow, serve as solid structural beams inside and out where chunky aged bolts lend both stability and character.
A spotted gum exterior has rustic appeal while ironbark flooring imbues homely warmth to the interiors. Bush rock sourced directly from the property makes a feature of the fireplace in the main living room.
Living is conveniently contained to the ground floor where the master bedroom is its own wing with ensuite, walk-in robe and access to a private deck. A large office will no doubt appeal to those working from home, while the art studio with a wet bar on the upper level offers a quiet space in which to create undisturbed.
A covered entertaining deck and an alfresco porch provide space for guests to gather and exceptional platforms from which to absorb a view over the farm. A custom-designed plunge pool takes on a sculptural dimension, with timber sleepers wrapped around a corrugated stainless steel water tank in an eye-catching Fibonacci spiral.
Harvest restaurant, bakery and deli just five minutes down the road in Newrybar village. Head to Lennox Head for a morning surf or beach walk, or travel on to Byron Bay for boutique shopping, a range of restaurants and beautiful beaches.
The proximity of Ballina Airport – located 15 minutes’ drive away – makes it easy for those looking for a holiday retreat or remote working location accessible from the city.