About the Barn – Our Story

About-SunLawnsLogo-web‘Sunlawns’ farm has been in the Cullinan family since 1906 when it was originally purchased by Sir Thomas Cullinan, founder of the Premier mine in Cullinan where the world’s largest diamond was discovered. It is a working farm, growing berries, salad leaves, vegetables and organic herbs.

‘The Big Red Barn’ was the brainchild of Pamela Cullinan and her dream was brought to life by her daughter and sons. Pamela and her oldest son Dominic salvaged the huge old hay barn, estimated to be over 90 years old, from a neighbouring farm and transported it to Sunlawns piece by piece using a tractor and trailer.

A firm of architects was commissioned to create a design which is modern and yet retains the integrity of the original barn. The brief was to keep the keep of openness and create a venue that would be both utilitarian and awe – inspiring.

Sean, Pamela’s 3rd son project – managed the rebuilding of the massive steel structure and the interior, face brick  pods which house the kitchen and ablution facilities at either end of the barn.  Victoria, Pamela’s  daughter, shopped till she dropped, scouring second hand furniture shops in Johannesburg and Pretoria for tables, chairs and light fittings.  Dominic, a farmer and keen mountain biker manages the cycle tracks and is often to be found enjoying early morning breakfasts on weekends after a frisky cycle on the tracks that he created and built. Benedict, an attorney, assists with legal matters and Adam, a chiropractor helps sort out stressed family necks and backs.


For more information on the farm and the barn contact  functions@thebigredbarn.co.za