About this listing
Sunny two bedroom garden flat just one block from the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley bushwalks.
Our Katoomba Flat “a far cry from the chintzy style you might expect in the Blue Mountains" Sydney Morning Herald Weekends Away Nov 13 2010.
Our flat is a recently restored 1950's holiday flat in a pretty garden setting. It is only one block from the famous 3 Sisters at Echo Point. You can walk there to watch sunset over the Jamison Valley when all the tourists have left for the day. Several of the Blue Mountains' most famous bush walks can be accessed from the end of the street and all the resturants, cafes and bric a brac shops of Katoomba and Leura are also very close.
The flat faces directly north so sun fills the space during the day. A beautiful 'Eco- Smart' open fire keeps it cosy at night and there are heaters in both bedrooms. There is a queen sized bed in the main bedroom and a double bed in the second bedroom. A substantial roll-away single bed can also be used in any of the rooms. All mattresses and linen are new and good quality. Linen and towels are supplied
What makes the flat unique are the beautiful Mid-20th Century furniture and fittings including 1950's and 1960's pieces from Australia and Denmark. The floors are polished hardwood with scattered hides and rugs. The original 1950's bathroom and kitchen have been sensitively restored and for those who like to cook the kitchen is very well equipped.
There are two flat screen TVs (lounge and 2nd bedroom) with video/ CD/ DVD players, movies, games and books for when entertainment tastes differ. There is also a turntable and an extensive collection of LPs to allow music enthusiasts to enjoy the sound of vinyl.
No 20 Forster Rd is a pale grey fibro building (there is an identical building in a mirror position at no. 22). Flat 2 is the front flat, facing the street.
There is a coded lock on the SIDE door of the flat. The side door is on the right hand side as you look directly at the flat. For security purposes we will TEXT that code to your mobile as we change the code frequently. If arriving after dark a sensor light should assist you to find the door and use the lock.
When you get in, there is a key to the front door hanging immediately in front of you on the wall hanger. During your stay this will be easier to use than the coded lock. Please leave it in the same place when you leave.
Please park at the rear of the block directly in front of and close to the garage. There is a carport to the right of the garage however these spaces are used by the permanent tenants. There is lots of street parking but beware as this area is very close to The 3 Sisters there are sometimes parking officers.
The Eco Smart open fire burns methylated spirits (metho). There will be 5 litres in the special dispenser on the kitchen floor. This should be more than enough for Friday and Saturday evenings however, if you have the fire on all day at a high temperature you might run out. Use this purpose built metho dispenser on the floor in the kitchen to avoid spills. Please read the instructions for the fire in the dark grey folder. It is very easy to use but read the instructions first.
The turntable is a ‘vintage’ automatic 1980s machine. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY MANUAL OPERATION OF THE TURNTABLE, it will break. Follow the typed instructions on the turntable.
The WiFi is provided for communication and basic search. It is NOT unlimited. Please do not attempt to stream video or use Wi Fi as entertainment. It will exceed our data limit and leave the next guest without access to Wi Fi.
Our 4G wireless modem is called Snug. It's on the glass table in the entrance hall. To turn it on press the button on top for a couple of seconds. The log in code appears on the screen and the amount of data download available is displayed. The charger connects to the bottom of the modem and is plugged in next to the glass table.
The roll-away bed (if needed) is in the main wardrobe. If the bed is not made up already, clean linen (and a fluid proof mattress protector for young children) can be found in a plastic bag in the main wardrobe.
Please do not dispose of cooking oil by pouring down the kitchen sink. This will block the plumbing!
Garbage night is Tuesday. If you are staying or checking out on Tuesday please leave both bins on the street in front of the letter boxes.
PLEASE TURN OFF ALL HEATERS and LIGHTS and LOCK ALL WINDOWS WHEN YOU LEAVE
Call us on (phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden) if there is anything else that you need to know.
Tracey and Tony
Interaction with Guests
We are available by phone to answer any questions. We have a professional cleaner who will notify us about the condition of the flat after guests leave.
Food and Wine shopping
Todarello's Katoomba Village Fruit Market 170 Main St, Katoomba
The Carrington Cellars and Deli in Park St. Katoomba. Located in the old power station, this is a wonderful experience. Don’t buy your wine anywhere else!
Hominy Bakery 185 Katoomba St. This is where to buy bread, cakes, cookies and pies
Fresh Espresso & Food Bar Shop 5, 181 Katoomba St.
Red Door Café, 134 Leura Mall.
Yellow Deli, 214 Katoomba St, Katoomba. The food is very good and the interiors unique!
Bakehouse on Wentworth, 206 Leura Mall. This where to buy pies for an easy lunch.
Solitary Restaurant & Kiosk, 90 Cliff Drive, Katoomba (phone number hidden). We love to take a 45 min. bush walk from the end of Forster Rd. Lunch is served on the lawn, overlooking the Jamison Valley. It’s also a wonderful dinner experience but you need to book in advance.
Leura Garage, 84 Railway Parade, Leura (phone number hidden).This is good for catching the sun in winter
There are many local restaurants and you will find something good but it is also worthwhile to think ahead and book. We like the following options (in increasing order of $$)
Hana Japanese Restaurant & Cafe, 121 the Mall, Leura. Very good fun and excellent value.
Sanwiye Korean Café, Shop 2, 177 Katoomba St. (phone number hidden)
Pins on Lurline, 132 Lurline St, Katoomba, (phone number hidden). A blend of Japanese, Italian and Contemporary Australian. On Trip Advisor this is Katoomba’s most popular restaurant!
Station Bar & Wood Fired Pizza, 287 Bathurst Rd, Katoomba
Avalon Restaurant, In the Old Savoy Picture Theatre, 8-18 Katoomba St. (phone number hidden). This restaurant is an institution. The room in an old art deco cinema is a ‘shabby chic.’ The food is hearty but unremarkable.
Rooster Restaurant, 48 Merriwa St, Katoomba (phone number hidden). This is old fashioned French cuisine and superb for a long winter lunch or dinner.
Solitary Restaurant & Kiosk, 90 Cliff Drive, Katoomba (phone number hidden).
Silk's Brasserie 128 The Mall, Leura (phone number hidden)
AND…..For a quiet Friday night drink with the locals we recommend Champaign Charlies Bar at The Carrington Hotel or for a not so quite drink with the locals, The Old City Bank Bar at the Carrington Hotel.
Vintage, bric-a-brac shopping
Just about every Australian charity has a thrift shop in Katoomba and there are some funky reconditioned clothes shops in Waratah St. Katoomba and also in Leura. We like Mrs Peel in Leura Mall. There are also many second hand dealers and on any Saturday there will be at least 20 local Garage sales. Check The Blue Mountains Gazette web-site for addresses. These are our favourite second hand shops.
Macarthur's Arcade, 84 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW (phone number hidden).
Pink Flamingo ,30 Railway Parade Hazelbrook
Victory Theatre Antique Centre , 15-17 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath
Katoomba Village Emporium, Katoomba St, Katoomba,
There is a bush walking guide at the flat and this is a good web site (website hidden),bushwalking.
Several of the most famous walks can be accessed at the end of the street e.g. Giant Staircase to Leura Forest walk (approx. 3hrs), Leura Cascades and the Giant Staircase to The Scenic Railway (both approx. 2hrs). If they sound too strenuous, it is a gentle 45 minute walk to Solitary Kiosk for a fabulous brunch.
The bus stop is on Lurline street near Echo Point. The Red 'hop on hop off' tourist bus goes down the street and stops at Echo Point.
Other Things to Note
The 1980's automatic turntable is just that, 'AUTOMATIC'. Any attempt at manual operation will break it. This means that the next guest can't play vinyl and it will take us hours to fix it when we next visit. Please follow the instructions on the turntable and please DO NOT attempt to steer the needle arm manually.
Note Standard Terms and Conditions Note: Variances can be agreed on but only by arrangement with the owner in writing.
Cancellation if caused by the client, money paid is not refundable unless the house is re-let for the entire period. If it is a refund is made due to the property being relet then a $50 cancellation fee will apply.
The owners will make every effort to ensure the property is available as booked. However the owners reserve the right to make alterations to bookings due to unforeseen circumstances.
To maintain a good standard for our guests we require certain conditions to be complied with. We appreciate most will respect our property but the occasional abuse requires that we state the following conditions.
Number of Guests should not exceed the number stated on the Confirmation Notice or subsequently agreed in writing or email. Fees will apply for excess guests not agreed with the owners in advance.
Parties and Functions are strictly prohibited. The price charged is for domestic use only and not commercial. Accordingly this rate does not allow for the extra wear associated with functions in terms of cleaning, garbage removal, wear and tear, repairs etc. Use contrary to this may result in loss of your bond and/or additional payments.
Damage, Breakages, Theft and Loss are the tenant’s responsibility during their stay.
Departure - the property should be left in a similar state to its condition on arrival. Check-out time is 12 pm by the latest, to allow time to prepare property for next guests.
Disturbance to our neighbours, including excessive noise, is prohibited and may result in termination of rental and loss of bond.
Pets are not allowed unless specific arrangements have been made in writing with the owner.
There is to be no smoking inside the house.