21 Apr WOOD FIRES & CARVED STONE BASINS – CRAFTING A ROMANTIC WEEKEND GETAWAY NEAR BRISBANE
Stone-carved hand basins and cast-iron rotating wood fires – just a few of the wonderful deliveries to Nightfall this week as we continue building a one-of-a-kind luxury camp, perfect for a romantic weekend getaway near Brisbane.
Steve and I had been a little apprehensive, after ordering online and dispatching thousands of dollars into the ether. Luckily the French-made Invicta wood fire-places are perfect – solid, with impressive vertical glass doors and ball-bearings top and bottom to allow the firebox to rotate. Aside from the unusual design, we also chose the Invicta brand because of its commitment to the environment. Their fireplaces use a triple-burn system, ensuring the smoke contains the least possible number of particulate emissions, meeting the maximum five-star rating for Europe’s strict fireplace laws (far more strenuous than those in Australia).
Another of this week’s fulfilling milestones was running my hands over the smooth polished surface our new carved rock hand basins. As part of Nightfall’s planing and design stage, we looked high and low for unusual quality, preferably hand-made, artisan fixtures and fittings. We knew we’d found the basin when we saw an earthy rock bowl in the bathroom of a house called Callignee II, featured on the TV program Grand Designs. Sourcing the sink was a little more challenging – at one point our lovely neighbour began investigating ways to carve Nightfall’s own basalt boulders in case we could not find the basins pre-made. Luckily we did. We love their raw simplicity – very much in keeping with Nightfall’s raw luxe ethos and all part of the challenge to create the ultimate romantic weekend getaway near Brisbane.
What’s on the cards for the next week?
If the predicted storm on Tuesday doesn’t hit us too hard we hope to finally be able to stand our next tent portal frame. Yes, there have been some doozies of storms this past week, with close to 100mm of rain since Easter. But the weather is finally changing to the lovely cool of autumn. So, fingers crossed, the newly laid gravel will be enough to allow machine access to the wet hillside. We’re also on track to move into Nightfall‘s new staff tent … more photos next week.