Who was Jimmy Smith?

Jimmy Smith was a simple guy. He ran his herd of dairy cows on this property in the mid 1900s – a time when the cow bell might have been the only piece of technology to ring through the still country air.

Although the years since have brought with them many comforts (we think Jimmy would certainly appreciate the luxuries of the Dairy as it is today!), we also know that a slice of simplicity is good for us all.

Jimmy Smith - second from the left.

That’s Jimmy, second from the left.


And who are Noel and Robyn Akmens?

Noel and Robyn have lived on this property for over 30 years now – taking advantage of the space to raise four boys. They are passionate about this part of the world and love to share it.

A true maker, Noel ran his custom furniture business from the main shearing shed across the paddock before turning his hand to the Dairy. He still designs and creates unique one-off bespoke pieces for clients around Australia. Just ask him for a tour, he’s always happy to show you through the rustic workshop he calls his office.

Robyn, heart of the family and final decision maker on all things interior and garden, is born and bred on the Fleurieu Peninsula. When she is not at work, you will most likely find her tending to her own vegetable garden – unless of course one of the boys is home, then you will find her in the kitchen catching up on lost time or trying to fill a hungry mouth!

They teamed up with architect, Amy Grundy, to ensure the character of the building was retained whilst crafting a true piece of luxury accommodation and contemporary design.

The result is “a magnificent combination of historic remains and every modern convenience, right down to a Nespresso coffee machine.. This unique two-bedroom getaway is really something special. My idea of holiday perfection.Sarah-Kate Lynch, Travel Editor, Woman’s Day, NZ

We really hope you enjoy your stay