About this listing
Right in the heart of Katoomba!
A private, luxury retreat which is totally powered by the sun! Minutes from the Three Sisters, cafes, restaurants, bush walks, galleries and transport.
Welcome to the spacious apartment I've created for you in 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. Cafes, galleries and escarpment walks are all within five minutes walk of the house. It's just a short walk to the village centre, 20 minutes walk from the station and there's a bus stop directly outside the front gate. The spectacular Echo Point and Three Sisters are at the end of the street - a 12 minute walk or two minute drive. Directly opposite the house is a popular restaurant and just one street away is an indulgent Thai day spa.
My house is designed so it can be split into two areas. You have a spacious apartment at the front of the house all to yourself with large bedroom, en suite, private deck, BBQ and living room with bar fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. There's also a 40" flat screen monitor for DVD watching, (no TV), Apple TV and a good selection of DVDs.
The only thing we share is a front entrance.
In the ensuite there is an aromatherapy shower which gives pure, chemical free water and dispenses skin nourishers including collagen and vitamin C. Who needs a day spa? It's all here for you! You are also welcome to use the deep spa bath in the common section of the house.
LUSH is a unique property. A fully renovated, original Katoomba home built in 1898 located in one of the village's best streets. It offers every modern luxury combined with 19th Century charm and 21st Century sustainability.
Many of my guests are happy to socialise, so feel free if you wish, to come through to the main section of the house. You'll find a contemporary open-plan living space, wrap-around deck. BBQ, extensive gardens and a huge bathroom with deep spa bath. If you are more than two people please see my separate listing for the Blue Room ($70-$110). The Blue Room can accommodate one person in a single bed or two with a double air mattress.
Finally, this is a house for dog lovers. I live here with my large, exuberant, friendly dog, the famous 'Oi' and his smaller friend, Sparkly Barkley. They are real characters who keep most guests entertained!
Before booking please read the house rules so you know this is the right place for you! Please follow the instructions in the house rules to accept and secure your booking. For those using Instant Book please note: this is not self-catering or self-contained accommodation and that LUSH is for adults over 18 only. It is not suitable for children
See you soon! Jilea and Oi
Your private area is a spacious flat in the front part of my house. It is part of my house, but can be separated from the rest of the house. I live at the back but your area shares a common front entrance through the living room. You have a large bedroom with private en suite bathroom, wardrobe, private deck with fountain, large living area with DVD and BOSE Soundlink bluetooth music system, Apple TV, CD player, 40" flatscreen TV monitor, DVDs and board games. If you wish to use the rest of the house you are welcome - you'll be sharing with me and will find Foxtel TV, Nespresso coffee machine, a beautiful deep spa bath, a wrap around back deck and the garden with large water lily pond.
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.
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. The hop-on-hop-off tourist bus ($40) also stops here.
From the airport, catch the train to Central station, then go to the country trains platform. Catch any Mt Victoria or Lithgow train and get off at Katoomba. There's a fast, comfortable train to Bathurst at around 5.50pm which takes 1hour and 40 minutes. If you have heavy luggage, there are lifts at Central and Katoomba stations.
Other Things to Note
Two lovely dogs live here. Please be kind to them.
If you are afraid of dogs, please be assured that Oi and Sparkly Barkley will not hurt you.
Thanks for reading this, I want all my guests to have a lovely stay!
The key to unlocking the door at LUSH is the phrase you will find in the house rules below. Both people in your booking need to text or email me the phrase from separate email addresses/phone numbers. That's how I know you've really read them!
Here are the things I'd like you to remember:
For my dogs' safety, please always close the front gate even when bringing your luggage in and out.
Go figure, but Oi doesn't like selfies. Truly! So best not to try it with him.
Please lock the front door with the key each time you leave the house. Lock the front door when you come back in. Please do not leave the front door open at any time.
Please do not eat or drink in the bedroom (except for water).
The house is fully solar powered. Each time you leave your room, please turn your lights off. Please also check all the lounge room lights are out when you go to bed and don't leave the bathroom fan running.
No candles please. Feel free to use the battery powered ones provided.
LUSH isn't fully self-catering or self-contained accommodation. There is a bar fridge and a barbecue for guests' use. There are no other cooking facilities available to guests. If you use the BBQ there's a $50 cleaning fee unless you clean it yourself. Don't worry, I've made this very easy for you by supplying removable BBQ plates. You can use my kitchen to clean up.
Smoking and drug-free property.
If you want to watch telly just move the armchair for a better view of the screen. Please do not move the television set.
The cushions on your bed when you arrive are not for sleeping on. Please remove them and use the pillows left by the side of your bed.
As noted above, the entrance is shared and if I have other guests staying, you may encounter them coming or going.
Now, anyone can say they’ve read the house rules but I will know if you really have if you text or email: “Who put the Oi in very annoying dog?”
About the Host, Jilea
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!