ACCOMMODATION REVIEW: COTTAGE LIFE IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

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If you’re looking for the perfect weekender escape, whether you live in Western Australia or Queensland, have you considered the Blue Mountains in New South Wales? Located just under two hours from Sydney’s CBD by car, the historic and world heritage listed Blue Mountains is equally idyllic and mysterious. There are many things to see and do in the Blue Mountains including a hike around The Three Sisters, enjoying coffee and cake in the quaint town of Katoomba and taking a ride on the cable car at Scenic World. There are also many places to stay and I booked my stay through luxury accommodation booking website Alluxia, and chose a little cottage retreat by Mountain Whispers.

Four beautifully restored boutique properties makes up the Mountain Whispers collection and I chose to stay at The Gatsby, an art deco era cottage in the heart of Katoomba. Perfectly located on the doorstep of the region’s most famous attractions, The Gatsby is a luxury self-contained cottage meticulously restored in art deco style.

Luxuriously appointed with era inspired antiques, The Gatsby décor and white timber weatherboards made me feel like I was right on set with Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio.

There is a main house, and a self-contained garden cottage just a few steps away in the back garden featuring its own living room, dining area with television and hi-fi. The main house features two large art deco inspired bedrooms, two bathrooms with a cushioned spa, lounge room with all the latest amenities, kitchen, sweeping gardens and an outdoor entertaining area.

The main living area with its leather lounge and warm gas log fire is utterly cosy and the perfect place to rest after a day of hiking. There is a flat screen television, a large selection of DVDs and complimentary wifi. There is also a mahogany dining setting for six which is perfect for entertaining. The outdoor entertaining area is perfect for sunny breakfast or a late afternoon BBQ.

No stone was left unturned during my stay, including full breakfast provisions, complimentary bottle of port, chocolates and flowers, luxurious toiletries and candles in both bathrooms, and to top it off, soft and fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers.

TRIP NOTES What: The Gatsby by Mountain Whispers Where: 314A Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW, Australia 2780 When: Available all year round How: Book through Alluxia

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