The barn hasn’t just captured the attention of passers-by; it has also caught the eye of some major brand names and popular TV shows.
With its striking yet simplistic appeal, the barn is the ideal backdrop for photo and film shoots.
And it’s in high demand from some big players, regularly featuring in magazines and on TV. “Every week, I have a photoshoot…Oz Design, Flower Power, Pet Barn, and Married at First Sight have filmed here,” Mel tells us.
The perfectly manicured estate is also a popular wedding venue, with the barn featuring in the album of many newlywed couples.
A model landscape
Mel and Matt have created a truly sensational and highly versatile boutique venue offering events, photoshoots, award-winning accommodation and more.
And the addition of the Cedarspan barn was the catalyst for the hard work that followed to make this happen. “It did start us off on a beautiful path of designing the rest of the three acres,” Mel explains. And what acreage that is!
Over the years, we have enjoyed watching Mel transform her property into a landscaper’s dream. With their own gardening business also now established, she tells us, “Our plan moving forward is to open our garden for people who want to visit.”
We’re not quite sure where Mel gets all this time!
The grounds are as stunning as the buildings, with manicured landscaping, lush green lawns, established trees and plants. This greenery is the perfect foreground to the stark white of the buildings behind.
We can see how Belle Heath Estate’s popularity continues to go from strength to strength. “It’s still so loved and pretty! It certainly continues to receive a lot of attention,” says Mel.
Behind the scenes
But what was the reason for getting the barn in the first place?
Well, it was actually built with a more practical purpose in mind.
“My husband races cars. We needed something that could be multi-purpose, a larger three-car garage,” Mel advises. As a motoring enthusiast, it’s the ultimate hobby space. “It’s man heaven…He adores that space. He loves it,” she tells us.
Who would have thought that this mancave would become the star of the show?
It’s been seven years since Mel and Matt made the switch from city to country living. They have truly embraced their new lifestyle, with their Cedarspan barn the beginning of the rural dream they have created.
Reflecting on their decision to trade the big smoke for the country, “We ended up finding this house outside of the bubble that we lived in forever, and we are happy that we moved up here.”
And so are we!
Mel’s nominal Cedarspan design is a Cathedral Loft Barn 40CHL60 with 3m walls. It measures 10.8m x 7.4m and includes a 26m2 storage loft, spanning 7.2m x 3.6m.
It features Board and Batten cladding and has been personalised further with additional windows and handcrafted timber barn doors.
To coordinate perfectly with the existing properties and the all-white vision, Mel selected Colorbond® roofing in “Woodland Grey” and “White” aluminium windows.
All measurements are approximate.