Inside the Mediterranean oasis in the middle of the rainforest

Inside the Mediterranean oasis in the middle of the rainforest

04/03/2022

Inside the Mediterranean oasis in the middle of the rainforest – complete with a luxurious poolside cabana and a two epic cubby houses for kids AND grown ups

  • A show-stopping property features a Mediterranean mansion, pool and cabana and two epic cubby houses 
  • Sitting in the middle of the rainforest, Casa Campana is in Nunderi, just 40 minutes north of Byron Bay
  • The home was designed by owner and founder of Peppa Hart Sophie Belle and Three Birds  Renovations
  •  It features a Mediterranean-inspired design, grand main bedroom and a cabana with a swing and pizza oven

Sitting in a lush tranquil rainforest, away from the city’s hustle and bustle, is an incredibly chic white Mediterranean oasis jutting out from the greenery. 

The show-stopping home, dubbed Casa Campana, sits in the Tweed hinterlands in Nunderi, just 40 minutes north of Byron Bay. 

The magnificent 1.3 hectare property features a sparkling pool and cabana, two incredible adult and kid’s cubby houses and an ultra-stylish main villa. 

An incredibly chic white Mediterranean oasis that juts out from the surrounding rainforest sits in the Tweed hinterlands in Nunderi, New South Wales 


The magnificent 1.3 hectare property features a sparkling pool and cabana, two incredible adult and kid’s cubby houses and an ultra-stylish main villa

There are Mediterranean-inspired touches peppered throughout like the curved details, arched windows, textured walls and crisp white palette

Casa Campana was designed by the home owner Sophie Bell, founder of creative design studio Peppa Hart, along with the team from renowned renovation best friend trio, Three Birds.  

There are Mediterranean-inspired touches peppered throughout like the curved details, arched windows, textured walls and crisp white palette. 

The stunning property has been used as a backdrop for luxury fashion shoots for high-end brand campaigns from all over Australia and the world and is now on the market. 

The gourmet kitchen in the hybrid living and dining space features a stretching stone island bench and butler’s pantry

Light floods into the main living space downstairs through expansive bi-folding glass doors that open out onto the lush gardens and patio


Casa Campana was designed by the home owner Sophie Bell, founder of creative design studio Peppa Hart, along with the team from renowned renovation best friend trio, Three Birds

Light floods into the main living space downstairs through expansive bi-folding glass doors that open out onto the lush gardens and patio. 

The gourmet kitchen features a stretching stone island bench and butler’s pantry and just off the living space there is a separate media room with a double-sided gas fireplace.  

Upstairs, there is a spacious home office that leads to a palatial main suite with high angled wood panelled ceilings. 

The primary bedroom has a lounge space, huge arched windows, access to the wrap-around balcony, a walk-in wardrobe and an open ensuite with a luxurious bathtub.  

Upstairs, there is a spacious home office that leads to a palatial main suite with high angled wood panelled ceilings 


The primary bedroom has a lounge space, huge arched windows, access to the wrap-around balcony, a walk-in wardrobe and an open ensuite with a luxurious bathtub

Downstairs there are three more bedrooms and an extra bathroom with a huge free-standing bath and shower space by the floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto the forest.   

Outside, the property is just as spectacular as it is in with two stylish cubby houses and a steps leading up to a lavish pool.

The dense rainforest provides a picturesque backdrop for the uber-lush pool area that features an outdoor shower and an incredible poolside cabana with a swing, kitchen, bar, built-in seating, wood-fire pizza oven and day bed. 


Downstairs there are three more bedrooms and an extra bathroom with a huge free-standing bath and shower space by the floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto the forest

The dense rainforest provides a picturesque backdrop for the uber-lush pool area that features an outdoor shower

There is an incredible poolside cabana with a swing, kitchen, bar, built-in seating, wood-fire pizza oven and day bed

One of the property’s more unique features are the two cubby houses out the front – one for the adults and one for the kids – that went viral on TikTok earlier this year. 

Back in January, Ms Bell posted a video to TikTok of the build and the stylish end results which has now been viewed more than 2.3million times and racked up hundreds of comments praising the couple’s impressive DIY job. 

With rendered white walls, custom tiles, ‘crazy paved’ flooring and arched windows and doorways, the kid’s cubby has a mini play shop and kitchen while the adult’s den has a built-in bar, speakers and day bed perfect for lounging on with a cocktail.

Ms Bell, who lives in Casa Campana with her husband Michael and two kids, Hendrix, five, and Peppa, two, said she had been talking about building a kid’s cubby and finally found the time to do it during the state’s last lockdown.

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One of the property’s more unique features are the two cubby houses out the front – one for the adults and one for the kids – that went viral on TikTok earlier this year


 With rendered white walls, custom tiles, ‘crazy paved’ flooring and arched windows and doorways, the kid’s cubby has a mini play shop and kitchen while the adult’s den has a built-in bar, speakers and day bed perfect for lounging on with a cocktail

‘I literally just hand drew a design on paper of how I imagined it looking and then my husband turned it into a real life structure,’ she told FEMAIL. 

‘Once we started marking out the space we realised we would be out here 24/7 with the kids and we had nowhere to hang out while they were playing, so that’s where the adults’ cubby idea came about.’  

‘The adults’ cubby is right next door so we can keep an eye on what they are up to but we can enjoy some spicy margaritas while the kids are living their best life,’ Ms Bell said. 

 Ms Bell, who lives in Casa Campana with her husband Michael and two kids, Hendrix, five, and Peppa, two, said she had been talking about building a kid’s cubby and finally found the time to do it during the state’s last lockdown

Designer Sophie Bell’s tips and tricks to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your home 

1. Render walls or if you are unable to render, you can use textured paint, Dulux have a great textured paint product. Having tactile surfaces really creates a level of interest on what would normally be a flat white wall. I use white paint to keep that true Mediterranean vibe, I always go for white on white vibes

Sophie Bell’s top tips

2. Add soft lines and curves, niches in the walls, arched doors, arched windows, if you cannot renovate then go for curves in your styling pieces like arched mirrors

3. I look at Mediterranean style as imperfectly perfect, so choose finishes that are not perfect. For example our tapware is brass and continues to Patina over time. Adding things that don’t feel shiny and modern really help bring the Mediterranean feel

4. Use layers of textures in your styling to help create interest, keep your base neutral but can add deep rich colour with your textiles like cushions and art and go for natural materials like timbers, woven rugs, stone and brass

5. I personally love having big bowls of lemons and limes all over as well

6. Go for bold tiles in warm tones.

7. Ceramics in beautiful textured finishes

8. Crazy pave – I am crazy pave mad and think this really helps bring the Mediterranean feel into your home. You can do this inside and outside or just in bathrooms

To build the cubbies, two concrete slabs were laid and Mr Bell constructed frames of timber and a polystyrene-like material that is strong and easily shaped to create the arched windows and doors. 

The frame was then rendered and painted white and a ‘crazy pave’ or flag stone floor was laid.   

To finish, the bar was tiled with custom-made tiles Ms Bell designed with boutique tilers Three Balls Red that are available to buy so other’s can re-create Mediterranean magic in their own homes. 


To build the cubbies, two concrete slabs were laid and Mr Bell constructed frames of timber and a polystyrene-like material that is strong and easily shaped to create the arched windows and door


The frame was then rendered and painted white and a ‘crazy pave’ or flag stone floor was laid

 ‘I literally just hand drew a design on paper of how I imagined it looking and then my husband turned it into a real life structure,’ she told FEMAIL

‘Michael was adamant to make everything in there so he made the doors for the bar and handles as well,’ Ms Bell said. 

‘(There are) a couple of speakers in the roof so we can have music playing, some beautiful light sconces on the outside that Michael made and rendered as well to complete the look.’  

Ms Bell and her family are now selling Casa Campana to move onto a new project after three years of living there. 

The home is available for viewing by appointment only – to see the listing, click here.  

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