"This was my first air bnb booking and we were so impressed with this place, now can't wait to return. The apartment is the front section of a heritage house, so we could enter and leave as we liked but just had to knock on an adjoining door if we had any questions or requests. The cottage is charming with gorgeous decor and plenty of room, central heating for those chilly mountain evenings and lots of lovely touches. It was a treat to stay here and our host Jilea was welcoming, without intruding - thank you again!" Katrina from Sydney 
"The location is ideal for the Echo Point, Katoomba falls and Scenic World. Peaceful but with great access. The property was great value, with a full bedroom, comfortable lounge room, and an en suite. The garden also has a great little table for a spring lunch." Rob, Sydney.
Lush on Lurline - heart of Katoomba

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing


Private and luxurious with an aromatherapy shower, 500m to the Three Sisters, minutes to cafes, galleries & bush walks.

The space

Welcome to the private, spacious apartment which is part of my large, heritage-listed Katoomba home.

We are in the heart of Katoomba's tourist area but in a very tranquil setting with fountains, ponds and water features and a beautiful frog pond.

*10 minutes walk to Echo Point, the Three Sisters and major bush walks , 15 minutes to the village centre and 20 minutes walk from the station.

* Extremely popular and highly rated restaurant (Pins, #2 on Trip Advisor) directly opposite.

The apartment consists of:

*Your own private entrance with sunny porch and garden terrace.
*Spacious designer bedroom with old-fashioned brass double bed.
*Walk in ensuite 'wet room' with aromatherapy spa shower.
*Private deck and courtyard with comfy chairs and barbecue.
*Large private living room with bar fridge, microwave, tea and coffee, kettle, 40" screen, Netflix, Apple TV and popcorn for serious movie nights. (Please note: no free-to-air-TV)
*Open fireplace (for atmosphere - decorative only) and central heating.
*Two free bikes, one hybrid, one town bike. Just ask.

The apartment is completely private with a solid, lockable door and walls between it and the back of the house. I am at the back of the house should you need anything. (Please note the apartment is not a separate building, it is attached to my house - you have the whole front section.)

The aromatherapy shower dispenses lemon or lavender essential oil, pure, chemical free water and skin nourishers including plant-based collagen and vitamin C. Who needs a day spa? It's all here for you!


Before booking please read the house rules and note that LUSH is for adults over 18 only. It is not suitable for children.

Oi, Casper and I may be able to accommodate your well-behaved, adult dog by arrangement. Just enquire before booking.

See you soon! Jilea, Oi and Casper

Guest access

Your private area is a spacious apartment in the front part of my house. It adjoins the house but is completely separate and private from the rest of the house. I live at the back with my two lovely lurchers, Oi and Casper. If you wish to use the rest of the house you are welcome to share a glass of wine with me and will find a wrap around back deck and the garden with large water lily pond - frogs included.

Interaction with guests

I live here and I like to have friendly conversation over a glass of wine with my guests. However I completely respect my guests' privacy and if you don't wish to chat, just a friendly hello will do.

Other things to note

Two lovely, large lurchers live here. You will only see them if you want to meet them as they live with me in the other section of the house.

If you do wish to meet them, please be assured that Oi and Casper, although enthusiastic, are very friendly and gentle and will not hurt you.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Security Deposit: $234
Weekend Price: $101 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM

I love my guests and want everyone to have a wonderful stay here. So here is everything you need to know to make things run smoothly. There is a secret phrase at the end of the house rules. Please text or email it back so I know you have read them.

Firstly, please understand what you have booked. LUSH on Lurline is a private apartment but it is part of my home, separated by a solid, lockable door and a wall. You have your own entrance and there is complete privacy between the two sections. However, it is a hosted property and I live at the back of the house. So no need to ask how you pick up the keys! You will see me on check in and I'm here if you need anything. Other than that you may occasionally hear the clatter of claws or cooking pots or the sound of soft foot steps in the kitchen. But my living area (where I spend most of my time) is separated by two doors and walls and from this section, I can't hear you and you can't hear me. You are welcome in my section of the house, however I won't come into yours unless invited or to change cups/towels while you are out.
House rules. Here are the things that are not cool:
* Leaving the front door open when you go out and not bolting it when you come in. (If you know you are checking out early, ask me where to leave the key after you lock the door.)

* Leaving lights on when you are not in the room. The house is solar powered and this really matters to me.
* Smoking or taking drugs anywhere on the property.
* Not cleaning the barbecue (in which case a $50 barbecue-cleaning fee applies). BBQ months September to April only.
* Eating or drinking in the bedroom.
* Texting me before 8am unless it's really, really important.

What is cool? Everything else! Now, anyone can say they've read the house rules, but I will know you have if you text or email me: "Who put the Oi in very annoying dog?"
PS Heating goes off around 10pm. After that there are several other options to keep you warm. Heated throws, stand alone heater, electric blankets etc.
PSS If you are bringing your dog, this must be pre-arranged. It must be an adult, not a puppy. You need to bring proof of vaccination and flea/tick treatment, its bed and your dog must have had a bath in the past 24 hours. No smelly dogs allowed!

You must also acknowledge
Pet(s) live on property - Two large, friendly lurchers who live separate to the apartment. You will only meet them if you want to.



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Safety features
Smoke detector

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417 Reviews

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Amanda User Profile
June 2017
What a fantastic AirBNB! Thank you Jilea for an amazing stay and a wonderful home. Would love to come again.

Tashani User Profile
June 2017
From being so warmly welcomed when we first arrived, to going out at night and coming back to a completely heated house, our winter weekend was perfect. The house is expertly decorated and perfect to cuddle up in on a cold Katoomba night. We had the privacy we wanted while also knowing we could ask Jilea anything at anytime. And her two dogs are beautiful with such a calm and loving nature. I highly recommend this place to anyone needing some time out, but a pre-warning; it's going to be hard to leave!!

Kirra-Lee User Profile
June 2017
This house is magical, so picture perfect and welcoming. We enjoyed every second of our stay, hopefully next time it will be for longer.

Chevelle User Profile
June 2017
Jilea's place is lovely with all the necessary amenities! Close to both Katoomba station and the attractions. Was nice to meet the two friendly giants too. We had a good, albeit short stay!

Kiuyan User Profile
May 2017
Jilea's house is fantastic in the heart of Katoomba. A 10-15mins nice walk from train station, passing lovely neighbourhood and reaching the urban garden. The en suite is managed in great fine details with oriental and retro, artistic touch, impeccably clean too. Great for a relaxing get-away. A 15 mins walk to Echo Point. Jilea and her friend Charlotta is also very friendly and helpful. You will have all the friendly advice and privac as you demand. Will love to recommend for every friend!

Leah User Profile
May 2017
Beautiful home within walking distance of shops, cafes and local attractions. It was warm and inviting and a perfect place to relax. Fantastic value for such a lovely decorated and comfortable place. We had plenty of room and privacy. Will definately be back!

Holly User Profile
May 2017
Amazing! From the second I walked through the door I felt at home. Everything was so easy and the little touches like the heated throw on the couch made for an incredibly comfortable stay. Would recommend to everyone and anyone.

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Katoomba, Australia · Joined in November 2010
Jilea User ProfileJilea is a superhost.

I've had the world come to my door through Airbnb! Each guest just makes me want to do more of this. I love the friends I've made, the stories we've shared about the places we've been. I love the meals we've had together, the insights into each others' lives and experiences. I've heard about the whirling dervishes in India, the midnight sun in Alaska, the music festival in Rajasthan and the min min lights in remote Australia. I've had people stay who just needed space, young lovers looking forward to their future and people in inspiring, respectful 30 year relationships. Musicians, poets, ship wreck divers, Hollywood actors, airline pilots, marathon runners .... each time hear that little "harp" sound on my phone I get a thrill of anticipation about who it is who might be wanting to come and stay with me!

So about me: I am in my 50s, a writer, journalist, editor, designer and gardener! I love my friends, partying, having a great time whether it's work or play and welcoming people into my home. I love to cook, I LOVE to make people happy and relaxed!

I also feel passionately that this country is big enough to accommodate anyone seeking shelter or asylum.

My other passion is for the native Australian environment and I try to live as sustainably as possible without sacrificing all the things I love in life. The garden at LUSH is designed to attract native wildlife, including frogs, possums and native birds. It's visited by those raucous vandals, the sulphur crested cockatoos, laughing kookaburras, king parrots and wattle birds. I also have a big, boofy, gentle, friendly dog called .... "Oi!" who I adore!

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Response time: within an hour
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