A private, luxury experience which is totally powered by the sun! Close to cafes, restaurants, galleries, transport and the Three Sisters.
LUSH is a unique property. A fully renovated, heritage-listed home built in 1898 in one of Katoomba's best streets. It offers every modern luxury combined with 19th Century charm and 21st Century sustainability.
LUSH is located in the heart of Katoomba's tourist area but offers a very peaceful, tranquil setting. Cafes, galleries and escarpment walks are all within five minutes walk of the house and it's just a short walk to the main town centre and about 25 minutes walk from the station, with a bus stop directly outside the front gate. The spectacular Echo Point and Three Sisters are at the end of the street - a 15 minute walk or five minute drive. Five minutes to Leura's wonderful shopping! Directly opposite the house is a popular restaurant and just one street away is an indulgent day spa.
Explore all this world-heritage listed region has to offer from this centrally-located cottage.
My guests are spoiled guests. Enjoy complementary local wine on arrival (well, after 5pm!) and The Sydney Morning Herald delivered to you on weekends.
Your section of the house includes a beautifully furnished, spacious bedroom inspired by India, Bali and Japan plus there's a touch of tradition with a lovely old brass bed. It has a generous ensuite wet room featuring a luxurious aromatherapy spa shower. A filter ensures your shower is pure chemical-free water. Walk through the French doors in the bedroom to your own private balcony with a fountain, lush ferns and a barbecue.
The bedroom opens onto a large lounge room with an open fireplace. Modern facilities, include BOSE Soundlink, CD player, large flatscreen TV, a selection of DVDs and board games and reverse cycle air conditioning. They are complemented by original features such as fretwork and stained glass windows and a very comfy, snuggly couch. French doors open out into the garden on hot nights and there are lush blankets and throws for the cold months.
The SHARED area of the house includes a large, open plan, contemporary living space with Apple TV plus satellite TV and a huge bathroom with a brand new, deep spa bath. In summer you can open the French doors and look out over the garden while you enjoy your bath! (It's very private and luscious "Cleopatra's bath salts" are provided.)
There is a magic deck at the back which sweeps around the house and is perfect for sipping a regional chardonnay at sundown. Here you can relax on the comfy day beds. There are built-in screens for when the sun gets too hot and outdoor heating and a table-top eco-fire when it's too cold.
The kitchen, for tea and coffee includes a Nespresso coffee machine, (coffee supplied), a Smeg retro fridge and filtered water. You are welcome to help yourself to tea and coffee but there is no cooking at the house.
LUSH is heritage listed but it has a contemporary style inside - you won't find the usual Katoomba chintz or gloomy, overdressed four-poster beds here! The emphasis is on good design combined with unusual antiques and objects collected from around the world as well as original artworks by local artists. 19th Century character is retained with open fireplaces, polished floorboards, wood stoves, intricate fretwork and lead light windows throughout the house, including unique Art Nouveau hand painted lead lights in the open plan area..
We are fully solar powered with 22 panels supplying the grid. A 10,000 litre water tank, six-star energy efficient heating system, on-site composting and organic permaculture vegetable gardens help us live sustainably. The garden provides organic produce for guests. Wherever possible, only environmentally- friendly cleaning products are used. Floor to ceiling insulation means the house is around 10 degrees cooler inside in summer without the need for air conditioning.
No modern comfort is sacrificed - stay warm in winter with the central heating and electric blankets, cool in summer with fans and air conditioning and safe and sound with a modern security system, in touch with fast, wireless internet and completely catered for with a modern kitchen and bathrooms - plenty of hot water!
But you'll be a million miles from the latest technology in our beautiful garden with its large reflection pond filled with lotuses and water lilies and 100-year-old tree ferns providing a home to native birds and possums. A sunny front porch is perfect for early morning coffee.
All around the gardens, front and back, are tasteful water features, stone walls and fountains and a wonderful entertaining area framed by an archway. There's even an old fuel stove converted into a modern barbecue available for guests' use.
A local bus stops right outside the front gate and sightseeing buses are also available from the top of Katoomba Street. They take you to Echo Point, Leura Cascades and the theme park Scenic World. Check my guidebook for local attractions, including where to see wild kangaroos. (I can take you there for a reasonable charge.)
Finally, this is a house for dog lovers. I live here with my large, exuberant, friendly dog, the famous 'Oi'. He is a real character who keeps most guests entertained but the house is designed so it can be split into two private areas. You don't have to see either of us at all.
CONDITIONS OF BOOKING: please read the house rules before booking so you know this is the right place for you! Follow the instructions in the rules to accept and secure your booking and if you send your acceptance with your booking request that will really make me smile! Note that your booking is not finalised until you send back your acceptance of the house rules and can be cancelled by me if you don't follow the instructions to accept. This is even more important if you are using "Instant Book". For those using Instant Book please note: LUSH is for ADULTS ONLY (over 18) and accepts no more than TWO people. There is only ONE room available.
See you soon!
Jilea and Oi
Spacious bedroom with wardrobe, private deck with fountain, large living area with DVD and BOSE Soundlink bluetooth music system. Private ensuite bathroom. Use of kitchen of tea, coffee, back deck, back living area and main bathroom.
I live here and I like to have friendly conversation with my guests. However I completely respect my guests' privacy and if you don't wish to chat, just a friendly hello will do.
Scenic escarpment walks, screeching cockatoos, laughing kookaburras, snow in winter, waterfalls, Perry's Lookdown, kangaroos at Jenolan Caves and Leura Garage Cafe!
A local bus stops right outside the front door.
A lovely dog lives here. Please be kind to him.
It was a good location, quirky and homely. Jilea was hospitable and respectful of our space. The bed was comfortable but we couldn't work out how to use the aromatic bit of the shower (but that's probably just us!) It was a bit chilly when we arrived but Jilea responded by putting on the heating and showed us round the lovely house. We think as there was two of us she was respecting our space which was nice yet she was friendly and gave us a glass of wine.
Had an interesting time with Jilea and Oi her gorgeous dog. She was interesting and kind and takes hosting quite seriously to ensure that you know your way around Katoomba. She even offered to pick me up from the station and did drop me off the next day. Thanks Jilea!
My mum and I had a great two day stay in Katoomba. Jilea's place is in an ideal location a 10 minute downhill walk from the station and also a 10 minute walk to the Three Sisters main viewing point. Jilea recommended going down at sunset when all the tourists have left and when the bats and owls come out - DO THIS!! It's amazing. The bedroom is a really big size, as is the shower room. The private deck was great to relax on and there is also a separate sitting room for guests so it's almost self contained. Could be tricky to stay here for more than a few nights as there is no cooking allowed. Jilea will however cook you dinner for 18 dollars p/p. Also important that you like dogs as Oi is a large presence in the house... A very lovely presence but he is a very big dog ! All in all a great stay in the beautiful Blue Mountains.
Jilea ensured that our stay in the blue mountains was a lovely experience. The place itself is gorgeous, well decorated and homely.
There was complimentary wine with a chat and advice about the good places to eat out. And it was so nice to come home after dinner to a candle-lit room with a warm bed. Would definitely return for another stay, and recommend it to anyone!
A beautiful place, with a lovely host! Jilea was very welcoming, and has created a fantastic place to stay, with such attention to detail to make the whole stay brilliant.
Thanks Jilea and Oi for the wonderful stay at Lush in Katoomba.
The property was stunning - in a great position - a five minute walk from Echo Point and the Three Sisters and easy to get to many fantastic walks and lookouts.
The rooms were beautiful and we loved the aromatherapy shower.
Jilea was a kind hostess with many suggestions, and we enjoyed sitting out on the veranda with a glass of wine, having a chat, playing with Oi and listening to all the birds and wildlife.
Lush on Lurline was a beautiful experience. Jilea's eye for detail meant that everything I could have needed was provided. This was a memorable stay, enriched with colour and comfort and the sophistication of a friendly, relaxed and well-travelled host, providing the perfect balance of privacy and company.
Good location & friendly host.
A memorable experience with a memorable host.
Thanks Jilea and Oy for having us one night. The room was as described, clean and spacious. Very close to the 3 sisters and other Blue Mountains attractions. Very good restaurants in the area, ask Jilea for recommandation.