My parents bought this property (Tanderra) in 2001 after moving over from the North West Coast of Tasmania. Always enthusiastic gardeners and looking for new projects, they were excited to tackle such a historically significant garden and return it to its former glory and renovate and extend the beautiful 1930's cottage. Tanderra holds many happy memories for my young family and me. Mum and Dad lived at this property while we lived abroad, so when we would visit, we would often spend from 4-6 weeks staying with them and enjoying the grounds and the homesteads warm embrace. This is where both of my girls learnt how to climb trees, get comfortable with getting wet and muddy, and running through sprinklers in the summer heat.
In 2014 they moved onto a new project further down the mountain, and Tanderra was rented out to long term tenants. When the last tenant neglected both the house and the garden, we went to work on a full renovation of the homestead.
It was during this time that Craig (my husband and former 5* hotelier), came up with the idea of converting the property into a luxury guest house. I have worked with an interior stylist for the last five months selecting pieces which reflect the same underlying ethos of sassind clothing: quality + comfortable + classic style.
It has been a family affair, with my Dad completing all of the painting both inside and out (his first apprenticeship was as a house painter). Mum working with her gardening team to bring the gardens up to scratch, Craig working on the more aesthetic aspects of the overall guest experience, and my girls spending many weekends up there with us rediscovering how to climb trees.
Where is the sassind guesthouse?
The property is situated in Mount Macedon, 64 kilometres north of Melbourne, a quick 30-minute drive from Melbourne airport. Accommodating 8 people, the guesthouse is a fantastic space to base yourself, with walking trails, picnic spots + natural wonders to explore, Mount Macedon and its surrounds can keep you as entertained with its natural beauty as well as its country town lifestyle. With an assortment of wineries, coffee stops + local produce stores on offer.
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A candid reflection on the last 6 months, revealing how Sassind, as a small family run business, continues to navigate through the rough storm of coronavirus + our plans on moving forward.
When the world finally returns to normal, few domestic Australian destinations are worthy of the big travel dreams that we all hatched while under lockdown. Queensland’s Far North is an exception.
Shannon has been working from home for over 15 years. But as a co-parent of three girls, small adjustments to her routine have proven necessary in running a tight ship. Here is what she's been listening to + watching during lockdown, with links if you wish to check them out.