Lush on Lurline
Guest house | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
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 bed. There are built-in screens for when the sun gets too hot and outdoor heating when it's too cold.
The kitchen, for tea and coffee only includes a Nespresso coffee machine, (coffee, milk supplied), a Smeg retro fridge and filtered water.
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 request and read the house rules before booking so you know this is the right place for you! If you don't request them before booking, I will send them on booking but no refund will apply if you do not accept them. In other words it's your responsibility to make sure this accommodation is the right fit for you before you book.
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. This is even more important if you are using "Instant Book".
See you soon!
Jilea and Oi
A sample of my 132 reviews
Jilea house is amazingly beautiful and was everything described. The bedroom, bathroom and living space was large and comfortable. Oi the dog got along famously with my partner and Jilea made us a delicious breakfast the first morning . Would recommend Jileas house for a relaxing break to anyone. Georgia-rae
Jilea was a fantastic host, she kindly welcomed us into her cozy house. Its in a great location with a beautiful big garden and beautiful big dog Oi. Made for a great first b&b experience! Helen
Jilea was very helpful and friendly. The accommodation was very spacious, and has lovely heritage features, bed was really comfortable. The gardens are just beautiful. Our stay was short but left a very favourable impression. We would definitely stay there again.
Warm welcome, cosy accommodation, toasty hot water, relaxed atmosphere and the most gorgeous dog - Oi. Thanks Jilea! Louise and
We had a nice stay at Jilea's. Appreciate Jilea turning on the electric blankets while we were out and her recommendations for sight seeing. Will be lovely in summer time! Wayne & Marge
We really enjoyed our stay in this quaint, unique older home. Jilea was very friendly and made us feel so welcome. Our rooms were clean, fresh and well appointed. If the August weather had not been on the cool side, it would have been lovely to have eaten breakfast out in the garden area - maybe next time! Thanks Jilea for encouraging us to drive to the Jenolan Caves - they were spectacular. Visiting with Oi (a very large dog) was such fun. Katherine
*Very charming property with lots of character! Jilea is a lovely and friendly host and her dog is very playful and super friendly! My husband and I enjoyed our stay in her beautifully decorated house. Our room was excellent, very large sized and had a modern ensuite. The bed was super comfy and warm. Extremely clean. The location of the house is perfect, and right near Echo Point, three sisters and Katoomba. We highly recommend staying here and would love to come back soon. Serafettin
Jilea's home is very tastefully done up. Her dog, Oi, is a very large and friendly dog. If, like my wife, you are afraid of dogs, do like Jilea said - Turn your back on Oi and he will turn away. The house is great and Jilea has a huge garden at the back of her house which must be so gorgeous in summer. Jilea is very friendly and everything is good except that it did get a bit too cold at night as Blue Mountains was really cold while we were there. Allan
Our stay at Jilea's was simply lovely. Her home is unique, and she is a gracious and giving host. The suite we stayed in was beautifully appointed, fresh and immaculately kept. We felt completely relaxed, comfortable and very welcome at this B&B, and would absolutely stay there again. Jilea goes above and beyond to provide the best B&B experience for her guests. In addition she is a well-versed, intelligent woman who is willing to engage in good conversation with her guests, yet allows room for complete privacy---perfect qualities in a B&B host! P.S. Her dog, Oi, is wonderful! Karen
Jeremy and I loved staying with Jilea and her large, friendly dog Oi. Jilea was a very kind host and even contacted me about a necklace which I left at her place, and sent it to me through registered post! The house is in such a lovely location and the furnishing are unique, tasteful and even better than in the photos. Jilea was relaxed about the checkout time.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sydney 120 km, Nearest railway: Katoomba 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The New South Wales region
In NSW you can find unspoilt rivers, magnificent beaches, dramatic landscapes, vineyards, skiing and swimming. Seven per cent of the State is declared national park and Katoomba sits right in the middle of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park.
Katoomba is also the gateway to the wider western region's vineyards and wineries.
Katoomba is a picturesque village dominated by a dramatic escarpment landscape, including the iconic Three Sisters at Echo Point and beautiful waterfalls and cascades. The 15 villages scattered along the ridgeline are referred to the jewels which form a necklace around the mountain. Much of the local housing is period housing or heritage listed, making a wander through Katoomba's streets a delightful way to spend a cool summer evening. Near to Blissful Katoomba Retreat are walking trails through the Grose and Jamison Valleys where you can see wallabies, wallaroos and lyrebirds. Five minutes' drive will take you to Leura Cascades, an ancient valley of tree ferns and waterfalls which is an easy and pleasant morning or afternoon walk. Accessible by car is the Grand Canyon, Perry's Lookdown and Govett's Leap from where you can walk to the magnificent Blue Gum Forest. A personal guidebook to all our special places is included in your stay.
It can be very cold here in winter and we have about three or four snowfalls a year. Even summer nights can be cool so bring a cardi.
An hour and a half away are the famous Jenolan Caves, one of the most spectacular places to visit. As well as the caves, you are likely to see lyrebirds, platypus, wombats, variegated wrens, king parrots, crimson rozellas and white cheeked honeyeaters, eastern water dragons and goannas. Nearby is a mob of wild eastern grey kangaroos.
Katoomba and its nearby villages have everything - fantastic restaurants and cafes, especially try Silks brasserie and the Leura Garage Cafe or one of our Thai, Indian or Korean restaurants. There are antique stores and op shops along Katoomba Street and Leura (five minutes away) is a great place to find a unique gift to take home.
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27 Feb 2014
"Quirky and fabulous"
Jilea is a fabulous host, and we really enjoyed our 2 night stay, even going out together for dinner on our last night. The house is full of interesting quirky features, and Oi her dog of course! The … More
Carol and Joe were the perfect guests - very friendly, lovely people. I thoroughly enjoyed their company including the meal we had together. They would be welcome back anytime. Enjoy the rest of your trip, Joe and Carol!
12 Jan 2014
"Highly recommended and beautiful B&B with a lovely host!"
Upon arriving, we were immediately greeted by Jilea and her very friendly and gentle dog Oi (he's very big, but if you don't mind or enjoy dogs you'll love him!). We were shown our room… More
It was lovely to meet Daniel and Karina. They were the perfect guests and I look forward to having them stay again. So glad they enjoyed their stay here at LUSH.
6 Nov 2013
"Lives up to it's name!"
Lush on Lurline is a beautiful, relaxing house in a great location. Jilea is the perfect hostess, finding the perfect balance between being warm and welcoming and respecting guests privacy. Co-host &q… More
15 Aug 2013
"Lovely B&B with a lovely host!~"
I booked a night's stay on 9 Aug 13 through Air B&B. Prior to my trip, I corresponded with Jilea over email and phone with questions on my upcoming trip. She always responded to my emails within … More
Thank you Gillian and Wong for your lovely comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Jilea
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