An old dairy is now a renovated luxury accommodation retreat in the Blue Mountains and Brendon loves it.
Leura has sweeping views from the Sublime Point Lookout, Gordon Falls Reserve and Leura Cascades. The pretty town is delightful during the day, perfect for browsing through shops and galleries and stopping off at one of the many cafes. At night, the main street twinkles with fairy lights.
Each October, many residents open their garden gates for visitors. The cooler climate suits many botanical varieties which don't grow in other areas. The showpiece is Everglades Gardens. The six-hectare formal garden of trees and shrubs was designed by Paul Sorenson, Australia's master gardener, in the 1930s. The property's art deco house is filled with memorabilia and everything is listed by the National Trust.
A marvellous place to stay when visiting the beautiful Blue Mountains is Old Leura Dairy. There are four lodgings, each offering something special and set in beautiful gardens which attract many native birds.
The Studio is a cosy place for two. The artistic cottage is light and bright with large glass windows and doors and while it's new, it has a feel of history. It has a claw foot bath, kitchenette, barbecue and sunny courtyard.
The Milking Shed is a cosy hideaway, sleeping up to four, in the original hayloft. It has a full kitchen, slow combustion heater and antique claw foot bath. Timber, old tin, stained glass windows, wrought iron and the original barn doors go towards making the Shed a romantic venue.
The 1920s weatherboard Workers Cottage was once just that accommodation for dairy workers. Saved from the bulldozer, its original personality has been enhanced. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with claw foot bath), open fireplace, full kitchen and barbecue, with fascinating features such as fence paling walls and furniture made from lining boards. Timber floors, stained glass windows and soft pastel décor with bright hues all go to creating a warm atmosphere.
The Straw Bale House is an oasis in the mountains. Eighty percent of it was created from recycled materials. Timber from an old Parramatta River jetty, a luggage rack from a 1927 Plymouth, seven metre bush poles, rusted corrugated iron, doors and windows from the Queen Victoria Hospital all blend happily in this creative masterpiece. There are five bedrooms, three bathrooms and it sleeps up to 11. Its solar design and half-metre thick walls made of straw mean warmth in winter and coolness in summer.
The Old Leura Dairy has an award-winning catering team. You can enjoy anything from a gourmet continental breakfast right through to having every meal created just for you during your stay.