Tucked away just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Hahndorf, Luxury Farm Retreats is an Adelaide Hills getaway dreamt up by local man Scott Hruska. On the property there are two accommodation offerings – one is Luxury Farm Retreats and the other is the Tinyhome Private Escape. We were lucky enough to be invited by Scott to experience both. On a wintery weekend in September, we took the short drive up to Mount Barker to be immersed in the landscape and authentic farmhouse experience.
Born and raised in the Adelaide Hills, Scott grew up on a hobby farm with a slight obsession for cows from an early age (he tells of how he would fill camera rolls entirely with pictures of cows, much to his mother’s disdain!). But he hasn’t always lived locally – Scott did a three year stint as a ski instructor in Austria when he was younger, something which would later influence his design preferences. While the Adelaide Hills is his home, with the help of seasonal workers and visiting friends to assist with running the farm, he still likes to keep well-travelled. Otherwise, Scott runs the farm by himself, which he admits can be a lot of work at times.
The first time I spoke to Scott, he mentioned that he actually started offering his accommodation on Air BNB as a bit of a laugh, but it now performs so well that it was fully booked for most of the season. For someone living a transient lifestyle, this allows him to have the freedom he desires to keep moving around.