Overlooking the rolling hills of the Byron Bay hinterland is a Spanish-inspired home that sits on a hilltop region called Coopers Shoot. This breathtaking dwelling, known as The Range, is the home of Emma and Tom Lane and their four children.
After looking for “the perfect property” for nearly 10 years, constantly calling every agent in town, the couple’s brief for a 40-hectare, north-facing, private, yet moments away from the beaches and town-type property had begun to feel like an unachievable dream. That was until the stars aligned, and a 48-hectare parcel of land became available after it was previously held by another family for 35 years.
Upon meeting their agent on the property, the Lanes instantly fell in love. On site, there was a 1980s farmhouse, and much of the land was covered in weeds and rocks. While the couple knew that they had their work cut out for them, they did not shy away from the challenge.
Armed with previous successes in building and designing homes together, along with their flourishing local business The Farm Byron Bay, the couple began to construct a home that they hoped would become a legacy for their children, and hopefully their grandchildren in the years to come.
Having previously lived in Spain together over a decade ago, the couple was inspired by the Spanish finca – a collection of farm buildings, typically on an orchard. With this, The Range sees a beautiful blend of Australian and Spanish design.
At the heart of the property, the farmhouse acts as the family’s main abode, constructed upon the concrete slab of the existing home, with two old tractor sheds having been converted into what are now known as the Barn Studio and the Cabin Inn. Beyond this, the structures are then nestled among 4500 macadamia trees, adding more connection to the Spanish-style rural estate.
Collectively, it’s the sustainable ethos, overall palette, and thoughtful interior design that connect each dwelling with one another. Pay closer attention and you’ll notice the many recycled items evident throughout, such as the old roof tiles that are now used on the floor, the roof beams from an old bridge, and the foraged rocks from the property, allowing the stonework to tell an intriguing story.
With the process taking almost two years to complete, the couple admits that perhaps The Range will never truly feel finished, as they keep adding, tweaking and exploring new spaces and ideas along the way. And while the property is predominantly used as their family home, being avid travellers the Range is also available to rent, in its entirety, during school holidays.
Founded and owned by Emma and Tom Lane, The Farm Byron Bay houses a collection of micro-businesses including the Three Blue Ducks restaurant.
Once lunchtime beckons, dust off your sandy toes and make your way to the renowned Raes. Located directly across from Wategos Beach, an open window frames views of the nearby beach.
Outside the main town, the lush hinterland hills also offer hidden gems, like the quaint town of Newrybar. Book a table at Harvest, serving local and organic produce.
Byron Bay is a beach-speckled town, so a dip in the ocean is a must when visiting. While there are many beautiful beaches to choose from, for an easy-access option lay down your towel at the ever popular Wategos Beach.