Georgia Hopkins

Blackbird Byron

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Blackbird Byron Dawn breaks over Mount Chincogan

Dawn breaks over Mount Chincogan

Blackbird Byron Getting to Blackbird Byron is just as beautiful as being there itself. The drive up the mountain is spectacular

Getting to Blackbird Byron is just as beautiful as being there itself. The drive up the mountain is spectacular

Blackbird Byron A jaw-dropping arrival — where design meets nature

A jaw-dropping arrival — where design meets nature

Blackbird Byron The industrial style entrance that takes you into the pool area and main dining pavilion

The industrial style entrance that takes you into the pool area and main dining pavilion

Blackbird Byron The main pavilion, where breakfast is served each morning, and where private dinners are held as well. This is also where you can enjoy a drink by the fire or by the pool

The main pavilion, where breakfast is served each morning, and where private dinners are held as well. This is also where you can enjoy a drink by the fire or by the pool

Blackbird Byron Inside, James' eclectic mix of brutalism, mid-century modernism and British graffiti collide

Inside, James' eclectic mix of brutalism, mid-century modernism and British graffiti collide

Blackbird Byron Looking into your pavilion — perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the sunrise views over the Pacific Ocean. In each you will find a king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton linen, burnished concrete floors, reclaimed timber joinery and a Moroccan tiled bathroom with rainwater shower-head

Looking into your pavilion — perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the sunrise views over the Pacific Ocean. In each you will find a king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton linen, burnished concrete floors, reclaimed timber joinery and a Moroccan tiled bathroom with rainwater shower-head

Blackbird Byron The most delicious bed — so cosy and perfect

The most delicious bed — so cosy and perfect

Blackbird Byron Waking up to this! Stunning sunrise views over the mountains and out to the Pacific Ocean from your bed

Waking up to this! Stunning sunrise views over the mountains and out to the Pacific Ocean from your bed

Blackbird Byron The bathrooms are small but perfectly styled with cute design touches like this little mirror

The bathrooms are small but perfectly styled with cute design touches like this little mirror

Blackbird Byron The perfect place to store your luggage and things

The perfect place to store your luggage and things

Blackbird Byron Another beautiful view from your pavilion out towards Mount Chincogan

Another beautiful view from your pavilion out towards Mount Chincogan

Blackbird Byron The most dreamy pool situation. I spent a lot of time hanging by this hand-built magnesium infinity pool — so beautiful

The most dreamy pool situation. I spent a lot of time hanging by this hand-built magnesium infinity pool — so beautiful

Blackbird Byron With some serious Ibiza lounging vibes, this heavenly pool is surrounded by lush mountains at every turn

With some serious Ibiza lounging vibes, this heavenly pool is surrounded by lush mountains at every turn

Blackbird Byron The view from the pool over the mountains out to the ocean

The view from the pool over the mountains out to the ocean

Blackbird Byron I can't recommend booking in for one of the private dinners with Chef Day Shibata more highly. An absolutely phenomenal dining experience

I can't recommend booking in for one of the private dinners with Chef Day Shibata more highly. An absolutely phenomenal dining experience

Blackbird Byron Made with love. Just one of the incredible hand-made Japanese dishes by the chef

Made with love. Just one of the incredible hand-made Japanese dishes by the chef

Blackbird Byron All lit up. The beautiful Blackbird by night

All lit up. The beautiful Blackbird by night

Blackbird Byron First light over the magnificent Blackbird Byron

First light over the magnificent Blackbird Byron

Blackbird Byron Woke up to a morning shadow play

Woke up to a morning shadow play

Blackbird Byron Looking out from your pavilion, through the reclaimed timber frame, and to the light over the mountains is just extraordinary

Looking out from your pavilion, through the reclaimed timber frame, and to the light over the mountains is just extraordinary

Blackbird Byron This is the beating heart of Blackbird Byron where breakfast is served and guests meet

This is the beating heart of Blackbird Byron where breakfast is served and guests meet

Blackbird Byron Amazing homestyle breakfasts, a la Victoria Spring

Amazing homestyle breakfasts, a la Victoria Spring

Blackbird Byron The view from the breakfast table

The view from the breakfast table

Blackbird Byron The light, the angles, the concrete play on wood, the tropical plants, the mountain views — it really is a vision here

The light, the angles, the concrete play on wood, the tropical plants, the mountain views — it really is a vision here

Blackbird Byron It's very hard to leave this place and the constantly changing light and movement of each and every day. But until next time

It's very hard to leave this place and the constantly changing light and movement of each and every day. But until next time

Highs & Lows

  • The design. James Hudson’s design style and aesthetic is both unique and inspiring.

  • The magnesium pool. Not only beautiful, delightful to swim in as well. And those views!!

  • The service. Friendly, personal and intimate (thank you James and Victoria).

  • The music. Just perfect. What more can I say?

  • The breakfast. Fresh, hearty, colourful, delicious…all the good things.

  • The private dinners. Dinner with Chef Day Shibata was an absolute highlight. The food was exceptional and the company was brilliant as well.

  • The location. There is nothing else quite like it.

  • The local wildlife. If you’re lucky you might spot a black cocktaoo, frogs, birdlife, green tree snakes, lizards, and maybe even Polly the house python.

  • The little touches. I especially loved the ‘Star Gazing’ manual in my pavilion to decode the night sky.

  • The name. James came up with the name for Blackbird on the night he took over the property — a flock of black cockatoos flew off overhead just as ‘Blackbird’, the song by The Beatles, was playing on the stereo. Surely a sign.

  • Not a pinch.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Industrial chic, with a nod to Palm Springs and Morocco in design, in a serene hilltop setting

  • Vibe

    Rancho relaxo

  • Location

    What feels like a million miles away… at the base of the Koonyum Range, with stunning views over Mount Chincogan, out to the ocean and the Cape of Byron

  • Rooms

    3 industrial-style pavilions — all detached from one another — made of glass, wood and steel. We recommend ‘pavilion one’ for its bath. With incredible sunrise views looking out over the Pacific Ocean, in your pavilion you will find a big king-sized bed with concrete floors, reclaimed timber, Moroccan tiled bathroom with rainwater shower, and a little entry area with a storage area for luggage, a coffee maker and a bar fridge

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    Personalised and very warm, thanks to owner James Hudson and host Victoria Spring

  • Future Forward

    Recycled materials are used throughout, including the hardwood timber (which James found in a run-down banana packing shed he found on the property when he bought it) and tin. Zero miles materials for sure! They endeavour to keep operations as sustainable as possible: they run on 100% rainwater and UV filter all their taps for direct access to drinking water; they have a septic system for their water and waste treatment; and all the pavilions are designed with higher R-value insulation and strategically placed louvre windows to keep indoor temperatures comfortable and create a natural cross breeze, all year round. In addition, low-flow shower heads and pre-programmed light and air conditioning settings are designed to save energy. In terms of the food, produce is organic, grown on-site or locally sourced from fair-trade suppliers, and there is a focus on composting and recycling

  • Music

    Ibiza summer

  • Year Opened

    2018

  • Designed By

    James Hudson

  • Health & Wellness

    A stunning magnesium mineral pool for swimming, a sauna to sweat it out, and a great waterfall hike nearby

  • Food

    Breakfast is served in the Breakfast Pavilion each morning, but it’s not just any breakfast. Host (and jewellery designer) Victoria Spring whips up the most incredibly fresh and delicious, homestyle hot breakfast featuring local produce (you can opt for a continental breakfast if you’d prefer). Breakfast is served from 8am-9:30am each morning. In the evenings, poolside cocktails are served each Thursday through Monday, and there is also an option to book in for one of Blackbird’s private dinners (an exceptional dining experience). With an emphasis on communality, you sit at a communal table with other guests. From Tuesday to Friday, Chef Martyn takes the reins, and from Thursday to Monday it is Japanese Chef Day Shibata. We were lucky enough to experience one of Chef Day Shibata’s Japanese feasts on our visit and it was truly exceptional

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    In the Reception Pavilion, guests will find a wonderfully stocked fridge full of beer, wine, and local artisan goods that are available for purchase

  • Minibar & Retail

    There is a small selection of Victoria Spring’s jewellery for sale. You will also find organic dark chocolate, teas, coffee, and cheese platters

  • Accessibility

    Yes

  • Pet Friendly

    No

  • Children

    No

  • Price

    Worth it

  • Tel.

    +61 412 910 004

  • Website

    Visit website

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