Lush on Lurline
Guest house | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
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.
It's a private, luxury experience which is totally powered by the sun! Close to cafes, restaurants, galleries, transport and the Three Sisters.
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 Thai 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 perhaps some local produce.
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. For overseas visitors, I can direct you to where you can see wild kangaroos. (I can also 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!
See you soon!
Jilea and Oi
|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, Satellite TV, 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 LUSH on Lurline 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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24 Aug 2014
"An easy and wonderful place to get away"
My partner and I stayed there for a weekend, and though short it was absolutely wonderful. Jilea was flexible in terms of arrival time, she welcomed us with a glass and she was truly a lovely and kind… More
22 Aug 2014
"Warm Cozy Home"
It was pleasure staying at Jilea's home in Katoomba. A lovely room in a warm , lovely house with the most amazing art and furnishings. Jilea's (and Oi's) hospitality was great and th… More
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20 Aug 2014
"Equiste food,bright,tasteful, luscious decor,comfy, and adorable dog- Ouoi."
Location is central to Katoomba,shops,restaurants and walking distance to 3 Sisters. Hostess Jilea,and her Irish wolfhound were an absolute delight and friendly.Had a very comfortable stay with my,dau… More
28 Jun 2014
"Excellent, very friendly and warm home that is close to verything"
We found the home excellent and very relaxing. Jilea could not do enough for us and even dropped us off at our walking track and picked us up. The breakfast was unique and very tasty. Oi the dog, &quo… More
5 Jun 2014
"A true Ozzie experience!"
We stayed at Lush on Lurline for 1 night in May &loved it. It is a very special place providing an experience that differs from standard (and maybe too polished?) B&Bs. To me, it is more like a guest … More
16 May 2014
If you are looking for the charm of a combination of the feel of Haight Ashbury and the memorabilia of Victoriana then this is the place for you.A medium sized room with a handsome en suite and a smal… More
28 Apr 2014
"Personal attention to every guest in a very unusual accommodation - a very pleasant experience to enhance your stay in the beaut"
Jilea takes great pride in her accommodation and her hospitality that she offers her guests. She is an unusually attentive and personable host. Location and rooms are impeccable and good value for mon… More
Daniel was friendly and fun and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and going out for a pizza! I'm so glad he enjoyed his stay in the comfy single room.
26 Apr 2014
"Great welcome from friendly host in Katoomba."
From the moment Jilea met us at the station to when she dropped us off again, our host could not have been more helpful. We chose to stay here as we were attracted to the house from photos and Jilea&… More
It's wonderful to have happy guests and I loved having Brian and Brenda to stay. We had some great conversations and I hope to see them again. Enjoy the rest of your trip and hope to see you in Scotland one day!
25 Apr 2014
"Exotic, quirky and perfect"
My (adult) daughter and I journeyed to Katoomba for a getaway and some spectacular hiking. My daughter made the arrangements and I must congratulate her on 'discovering' Lush on Lurline. I… More
I so loved meeting Kate and her mother. They were such fun and had such a happy relationship, it was a joy to be around them. Both women of the world! They also knew how to be five star guests and after they left, I hardly knew they had been here, their room and bathroom were so clean and tidy. They would be welcome back any time and I'm so glad they enjoyed their visit!
22 Apr 2014
"don't stay in single room"
I'm in my 60's and had booked the double room about 6 mths ago. I was later asked to switch to the single so a couple could have the double. I agreed. Jilea has to go through the small si… More
In the rare event that a guest is not happy with something at my property, I fix it immediately and if a guest were to be unhappy, then I would be unhappy too. I do my utmost to solve any problem no matter how minor and whether real or imaginary. The experience that this guest describes has never happened to any of my hundreds of other satisfied guests - I have over 165 positive reviews on a combination of three sites including Trip Advisor. I had other guests staying that weekend and none of them could smell anything and neither could the emergency cleaners I got up from Sydney at a cost of $360 just in case there was something that no-one else could smell. However this guest disliked even the antique linen duvet cover, the colour of the bedding, the placement of the furniture, the brand new mattress, mattress topper and pillows, the lights, even the power points, the bath, the shower, the soap, the weather and all this despite enjoying my hospitality during an evening out with friends.Her claim that my office is only accessible through the bedroom is not correct. There is a separate entrance clearly seen in the photographs and there are French doors which can be opened from the bedroom onto a private balcony giving plenty of fresh air. She was sent 12 clear photographs of the room, bathroom and lounge room a good six months before her arrival - just to make sure she was happy about changing rooms. (The photographs are all online anyway!) It's also disappointing when a guest causes damage at the property, helps themselves to private property and leaves with items belonging to the B&B. And it's a very uncomfortable to be told that unless her stay was free, she would leave a bad review. This guest was offered a refund - to be negotiated, and her bond was refunded despite the damage she caused and the money I spent in trying to solve her imaginary problems but I have not heard back from her about the specific amount she wants. It was a lesson to me to learn to manage guests' expectations. Despite her review, I wish her well and hope that next time she finds accommodation which meets those expectations.
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