About this listing
Humble 1950s two-bedroom brick-rendered cottage with original retro charm, peaceful and tranquil in beautiful World Heritage Blue Mountains. Ideal for personal or romantic retreats, restorative getaways or a relaxing base to explore the Mountains.
KINDLY READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION/HOUSE RULES THOROUGHLY BEFORE BOOKING:
Humble 1950s cottage with some delightful original retro features, giving this private home it's charm. Very sunny and light filled with simple, old and eclectic furnishings and style.
Master bedroom faces East for morning sun, with double futon mattress on brass bed frame. Single bedroom with inner-spring single bed is a child's room where you will need to be comfortable sharing with the odd teddy, doll's house and collections of children's books..
(Please book for 3 people if both bedrooms are required for accommodation; that is, two single guests would need to book for three people.)
The sunroom/study has double futon for day naps, lazing in the East/Northerly sun, or reading from well stocked book shelves to cater for eclectic tastes, (there are novels, books on alternative health, spirituality, gardening, education, art, astrology, psychology...). An old timber desk has garden outlook and provides an inspiring location for writers and artists.
The open plan lounge/dining is light filled and furnished with vintage furniture and a modern 3-seater lounge. TV/DVD player available for use.
The cute, well equipped retro green-tiled kitchen (minus a microwave) has gas oven/stove and all utensils required for cooking homely meals.
Front load washing machine available.
A quaint, original 1950s vintage pink and blue tiled bathroom has a shower over a full size bath ideal for slow, relaxing soaks, especially after a hike in the amazing World Heritage National Park.
The house has cosy Winter ambiance with passive solar warmth during sunny days and thermastat controlled hydronic central heating throughout (the fireplace in the lounge room is NOT functional). Good insulation keeps the house cool in Summer months.
The garden is large, quiet and private with many Spring azaleas and rhododendrons, and Winter camelias. Many deciduous trees make for a leafy green shady Summer, and a bare branched sunny Winter. This English style garden has some lovely, charming nooks as seen in the photos, but is currently not so well maintained as it is overgrown and abundant, and therefore will not suit those preferring a manicured garden.
This is a private home, and therefore one of personal style with personal belongings, and this will need to be considered before booking. It will not suit guests looking for a neutral holiday let. However, there can be found a tranquility and peacefulness in the house, a sanctuary, ideal for a restorative getaway from the city, or for personal or artist retreat, as if you were staying a friend's home while they are away. Will suit single, couple or family with one child/friend (please read Other Things To Note).
The house is situated in a residential area, 7 minutes drive or 40 minute walk to town centre. The beautiful Minni Ha Ha Falls is a lesser known waterfall in North Katoomba, away from more popular tourist sites of South Katoomba, and is a 35 minute walk from front door. Minni Ha Ha is a romantic and tranquil spot for a picnic or just quiet reflection. The Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens is a 20 minute walk where you will find a corridor of heritage apple trees and a mosaic labyrinth for your walking meditation. Beautiful, 'secret garden' to discover and enjoy.
[NOTE: this house is better suited to those with a car as it is located approximately 30-40 minute walk to train/town centre. Taxi from Katoomba station to house costs approximately $12.00. There is a bus service with stop at front of house however, the service is only every few hours during the week and less on weekends.]
PLEASE READ HOUSE RULES BEFORE BOOKING, NOTE LOCATION AND PROXIMITY TO TOWN CENTRE, AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ ALL THE LISTING AT TIME OF BOOKING ENQUIRY.
Interaction with guests
You will have the house to yourself. I, and my neighbour, are within quick contact by phone, email or AirBnb inbox should the need arise. Your attention to communications is essential.
Other things to note
Is this the place for you?
We really want our guests to be happy, have a wonderful Blue Mountains experience and enjoy what the house offers. Please consider...If you prefer zen spaces free of 'clutter' then this is not for you. If you prefer modern or showcase, or have humble budget but hoping for a Lilianfels experience, it is not for you. If you long for manicured and perfectly maintained gardens, it is not for you. If religious art and artifacts are not to your liking, please reconsider. If it difficult to demonstrate courtesy, as you would if staying at a friend's home, please do not book.
This family home is personal in style, and while you will be welcome to enjoy the 1950s quaint and retro charm, a respectful and caring presence will be appreciated. It may not suit guests who prefer a more general/neutral style holiday accommodation such as a purposely intended holiday investment property. You will find this private home a pleasant, ambient and neat space, as if you were staying at a friends home rather than a holiday let.
My home is not child-proof and will not be suitable to children under 4yrs who may find new and interesting things overwhelmingly tempting. There are art works and ornaments around that are not suitable for small children. However, families with babies and older children have found my home suitable.
The fireplace, as seen in the photo, is not functional.
Katoomba is situated in the Blue Mountains and surrounded by Australian bushland. Occasionally, there will be the odd bug inside the house. If you cannot cope with the occasional insect, you may need to reconsider your stay in the Blue Mountains.
Garden: the garden is not immaculately maintained but has a wild, flowering and green beauty.
Exterior: the house currently requires painting on the outside. If the exterior of the house is important to you, please do not book.
Strictly NO SMOKING or drug use.
Respectful noise levels to consider neighbours.
Occupancy to be limited to those stated within the booking, NO extra guests or visitors.
I request a NO party policy.
We will appreciate removal of shoes upon entry and your respectful care of home and contents is ESSENTIAL.
House MUST BE LEFT AS FOUND upon departure.
Use of single second bedroom not permitted unless booked for occupancy.
Damages and breakages must be paid for.
Please communicate your arrival and departure as a courtesy.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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I love my home in the Blue Mountains, the beauty and proximity to World Heritage National Parks. I am a quiet person who appreciates tranquil and beautiful environments. I have a European background and have travelled extensively in France, Spain, Italy and Germany, with short stayovers in Prague and Vienna, using Airbnb mostly, which has made my travel so accessible. Adventure and discovery of new places, experiences of different cultures, immersion in art and writing, the stillness of contemplation and meditation, the homely pursuits of cooking and gardening, are things that bring the greatest pleasure. My home will reflect this for those with similar resonation.