Small but mighty, the best tiny home in NSW

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From the moment you arrive at Gilay Estate, you are enveloped in a sense of peace and luxury. Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Quirindi, NSW, this stunning tiny home was meticulously designed by local architect Cameron Anderson. Tiny but mighty, it’s a  testament to thoughtful design and unparalleled comfort. Managed by the passionate husband-and-wife duo, Sandy and Alexandra Rogers, Gilay Estate invites guests to experience the serenity and beauty of the undulating, picturesque Liverpool Plains.

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In fact, the inspiration for the design and branding of Gilay Estate were drawn directly from the hills of the Liverpool Plains, integrating elements that reflect the unique shapes and cultural stories of the landscape. This thoughtful approach creates a luxurious country experience that is both unique, welcoming and sympathetic to the surrounding landscape.

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The 40-square-metre structure is a masterpiece of sustainable architecture, seamlessly blending into the surrounding, rolling landscape. The wraparound sheet metal roof and extensive double glazing maximise the stunning southern views, while strategic overhangs provide essential summer shading. The charred timber cladding pays homage to traditional burning and regeneration practices, enhancing the building’s eco-friendly ethos.

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Powered by a state-of-the-art 6.4kW solar system with 11.4kW of battery storage and a 60,000-litre rainwater tank, Gilay Estate operates entirely off-grid. This commitment to sustainability ensures guests can enjoy their stay with minimal environmental impact.

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Inside, the open-plan layout exudes understated luxury. The living space features a plush king-sized bed, adorned with C+G linens of course, promising a truly restorative night's sleep. Large windows and sliding glass doors frame the breathtaking rural vistas, inviting the outside in. The private bathroom, strategically positioned to offer western views, completes the interior with elegance.

 

 

The attention to detail is evident throughout the property. From custom fire-cooking tools and a Gozney pizza oven to Hunter Lab bathroom products and butter-soft linen robes, every element has been carefully selected to enhance the guest experience. 

We were lucky to escape to this magic spot and experience its serenity and beauty first hand and catch Alexandra for a chat. Read on below to discover more about this remarkable tiny home and start planning your off-grid getaway. 


 
 

C+G: Tell us your background story of how you and your husband decided to build a beautiful home which now people can stay in too in the country?

AROur family farm is special, and we love sharing it with friends and family. Wanting others to experience the beauty of country life, we decided to create world-class accommodation. After three years of perfecting the design and customer experience, we are now thrilled to welcome guests from all over.

C+G: What was the inspiration for Gilay Estate? 

ARThe inspiration for Gilay Estate came from our experiences staying in phenomenal accommodation, where the service, design, and attention to detail were unmatched. We wanted to bring that same level of luxury to the countryside, creating a place where people could embrace and enjoy a different environment. The design and branding were inspired by the rolling hills of the Liverpool Plains, reflecting the unique shapes of the undulating landscape. We also drew inspiration from Australian products that tell a cultural story, integrating those elements into our vision for a unique and luxurious country experience.


 

C+G: You were involved in the latest @australia campaign on social media—how did that come about? They have over 5.8 million and you were chosen out of so many accommodation in NSW

AR: We couldn’t believe it; it was such a proud moment for us. We’ve been in conversation with Tourism Australia over the years, and they have followed our journey, excited to see this type of stay in regional NSW. Recently, we attended a Destination NSW conference where Sandy spoke on a panel. This naturally caught some attention, and things progressed from there. The team at Tourism Australia are phenomenal, and being chosen out of so many accommodations in NSW is truly an honour.

C+G: What else is in the area which guests can enjoy?

ARJust 20 minutes from the hut in Murrurundi, you can visit the Michael Reid Art Gallery, enjoy a coffee at Mayne Street Cafe, which serves the stunning St. Ali beans, and experience the local gin at Magpie Distillery. Only 15 minutes away in Willow Tree, you can dine at Graze, an award-winning steak restaurant, and stop by Plains Pantry for delicious pies and coffee. In Quirindi, you can explore the incredible silo art. The Liverpool Plains is filled with unique experiences and hidden gems, making it a fantastic destination for our guests.

C+G: We know this is just the beginning—what else is planned for Gilay Estate? 

AR: Ah, this is a question we ask ourselves daily! To start, we have approval for three huts, so we’ll focus on getting more huts built across the farm. Our dream is to transform Gilay Estate into a true tourism destination, where we can host events, private gatherings, and feature private chefs, among other things. We want to build an empire where people can experience the absolute wonder of regional NSW.

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