The Estate Trentham is the kind of place my dreams are made of. Australian designer, Lynda Gardener, has stamped her own special brand of charm on this 1904 Federation cottage. The good news for all of us is that Lynda runs it as a super stylish holiday let. Set in the small town of Trentham, only an hour from Melbourne, it’s the perfect weekend retreat for city dwellers. Due to its immense popularity one needs to book pretty far in advance!
Lynda is one half of design duo Gardener and Marks, who have an impressive portfolio of unique projects, including two refurbished Melbourne warehouses. Her talent for sourcing an amazing range of one off vintage pieces is showcased at her quirky home-ware store, Empire Vintage. She also has an incredible knack for creating homes away from home. Prior to The Estate Trentham, she decorated The White House, a luxurious guesthouse in Daylesford.
On her first visit to The Estate Trentham in December 2014, Lynda put in an offer at first site. Not only did she see huge potential in the bones of the cottage, but also the surrounding land, with its own orchard and abundant gardens. She collected keys in February 2015 and took two months to transform the property into this beautiful home.
Heavily influenced by Scandinavian design, she opted for a sophisticated colour palette of clean white walls set against grey and brown tones. Hand-knitted rugs, oversized light-fittings and specially made cushions, add texture and depth to the scheme. A great effort has been made to preserve the historical charm, while modern accents, like exposed concrete flooring in the kitchen, add a utilitarian edge. The renovation also included a quintessential rustic barn, where white washed walls and long wooden tables, create the perfect setting for a low-key wedding, workshop or event.
The overall result is a luxurious rural retreat, set amidst beautiful gardens. Lynda’s effortless style is a design junkie’s dream. It’s taking every ounce of willpower not to book the next flight to Melbourne, so I can experience this little piece of paradise for myself.