K and I recently went up to the Blue Mountains for two nights over the Easter long weekend and stayed at Lurline House in Katoomba, courtesy of an accommodation voucher that we received for Christmas.
As a Melbourne girl who just happens to live in Sydney now, I had never visited the Blue Mountains before and was determined to visit absolutely every touristy attraction in the area. Lurline House was the perfect place to stay as it was within minutes walk of the Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains National Park, Scenic World, the Katoomba shops, and most importantly, the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company!
We arrived at Lurline House in the afternoon and were greeted by the owner Peter and quickly shown to our deluxe ensuite spa room.
Elegantly furnished with a gorgeous four poster bed, the room importantly offered the most essential tool for a stay in the chilly Blue Mountains – a strong heating system. The only disappointing thing was the lack of an open fireplace in our room for the ultimate romantic getaway. I had visions of us lying on a furry rug in front of a fire, toasting marshmallows and gazing soulfully into each other’s eyes. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be!
The guest lounge was warm and inviting, with cushy couches, chess set up on side tables, a massive DVD collection, and even a decanter of brandy for those desiring a nightcap after a long day of sightseeing and eating local produce. The small courtyard outside the guest lounge had also been well thought out, with seating and a birdbath that encouraged beautiful brightly-coloured native birds into the calm environment.
Finally, no visit to a traditional Bed and Breakfast is complete without the complimentary full English breakfast! With breakfast served between 7.30am and 9.30am (earlier breakfast on request), Lurline House offered a breakfast service that is unparalleled by some top restaurants with highly personal and customised service (with some time spent chatting about different tourist attractions in the area, and local tips on how to best get around).
I ordered scrambled eggs, mushrooms and bacon on my first morning, and poached eggs with double bacon on my second morning. The bacon was deliciously crispy, the scrambled eggs were creamy and full of chives, and the mushrooms were firm but buttery. I really had nothing to fault with the breakfast – it was good hearty English breakfast grub at its best!
Overall, I rate Lurline House an 8.5 out of 10.
We had a fabulous time on our stay, and felt that staff were really able to strike the balance between being helpful and giving us privacy. It’s in a great location and is really central to any sightseeing you might want to do in the Blue Mountains area. The only downside is that the wireless internet didn’t work in our room, which really, isn’t a bad thing because it meant that we were able to unplug from the ‘real world’ and enjoy some proper digital downtime!
Have you been to the Blue Mountains before? Where did you stay, and what did you see and do?