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A Spectacular Barn In Victoria Named Airbnb’s Best Designed Stay

by Mark Dylan


Even though Coombs Hill Barn has only been open for bookings on Airbnb since 2021, the story behind the award-winning accommodation goes way back.

Superhost Katherine Harris says the converted barn stands on 100 acres of farming land, which has been in her husband Wade’s family for 15 years. In 2017 Wade’s father, inspired by his travels to America, purchased and imported an authentic barn all the way from Indiana, USA!

‘He wanted to recycle the structure that was going to be pulled down, and turn it into a unique home,’ Katherine says. ‘It was important to us to give this barn a new life to be enjoyed by many for another 160 years.’

‘The process took over three years, from dismantling the barn in America and shipping it over to Australia, to the rebuild on our family property in Victoria’s High Country. Once Terry had completed the build, he passed the reigns over to Wade and myself to furnish and style the property.’

With Katherine’s knowledge from her career in the hotel and accomodation industries, and Wade’s skills as a builder, the duo enhanced the five-bedroom property’s rustic beauty without the help of an interior designer. They created an interior palette that reflected the barn’s raw timber beams, mixed with the natural colours of the surrounding landscape.

Although the property was originally built to be a private holiday home for their family, Katherine says living in Melbourne meant they couldn’t get to it as often as they liked – prompting them to list the home on Airbnb.

‘We felt like the property sitting empty was such a shame and we wanted other families to be able to visit, enjoy the space and create their own memories,’ she adds. And it didn’t take long for them to start getting ‘incredible feedback’.

‘They adore the views from every room and almost all guests want to know about the history of the property, and how it was dismantled and shipped across the world to be given a new life in Australia.’

Katherine’s Top Tips For Hosting the Ultimate Airbnb

– My number one tip for a listing would be to let your design choices tell a story. We believe that guests love to stay in places with a special story to be told. Try to mimic the colours and feel of your surrounds and choose pieces unique to your region. This can be true for city properties as well as remote properties.

– Ensuring your listing has high quality photography is so important. This paired with an accurate and detailed description will help really capture the story of your property.

– Invest in good quality and beautiful pieces. Dressing our property with good quality furniture and styling pieces including lovely soft linens gives our guests a luxurious and calming holiday experience. And ultimately, beautifully styled properties attract more guests!

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