Owner's insight

We loved the architecture, the house’s green credentials, and its connection to landscape. Over the years we had looked at several options, but what we found with Intermode was, we not only liked the simplicity of the designs but also their approach.

In 2005 we purchased a property in one of Victoria’s oldest wine regions in the Pyrenees Ranges. We have been going to the Pyrenees for holidays and weekends for more than 20 years, and we have come to admire the scenery, the temperature and the wineries.

A couple of years ago, we decided it was time for a tree change. We’d been living in the inner-city suburbs since the late ’70s. We were not looking for a vineyard, but we found this property, which had the most amazing views.

The property is located on Black Mares Lane and is a just minutes’ drive from Moonambel. It has views overlooking vineyards, dams, paddocks, ironbark forest and the distant mountain ranges. 

Before we contacted Intermode, we actually worked closely with an award winning young winemaker and produced our first vintage, Black Mares Shiraz. The name references not only the street, but also our lifelong association with horses. 

After the success of our first vintage, we began thinking about how to design a cellar door that would celebrate the wine region, the local produce, and the scenic beauty.

We randomly came across Intermode’s Kilmore House on the internet and we loved the architecture, the house’s green credentials, and its connection to landscape. Over the years we had looked at several options, but what we found with Intermode was, we not only liked the simplicity of the designs but also their approach. They listened and incorporated our ideas but they also brought in their own ideas. 

The brief was to create a property with three separate parts: a cellar door, the main residence, and an open-plan gallery and workshop where Patricia could continue to restore wooden horses.

We wanted to incorporate an L-shaped floorplan that faced north-east and north-west so that we could gain maximum sunlight. We were also committed to going fully solar.

We love how all the walls are extensively glazed, with predominantly solid sections used at the rear of the house ensuring privacy and shelter. This glazing opens up the house and cellar door to the fantastic views. For the house’s cladding, we opted for a warm grey colour. This ensures it blends in with the surrounding trees and land. 

Combining our tree change with our love of French wine and the Pyrenees region, our new Intermode designed home ticks all the boxes. 

Visitors are welcome on the weekends to take in the views and taste the wine at our cellar door, ‘Equus at Moonambel’

 

John Kirkpatrick and Patricia Mullins