About this listing
Quiet neighbourhood overlooking the Jamieson valley, with filtered glimpses of the escarpment. Pleasant garden with abundant flowering shrubs in spring. The room is comfortable, has its own en-suite and opens onto a leafy well-established garden. Please note that there is one double room space only in this listing. Pets aren't allowed in this space.
The house is within walking distance of Wentworth Falls train station and buses service the area, including nearby villages, though it is is not frequent. The nearest bus stop is just around the corner on the highway. Pickup from the station is by arrangement if needed, with advance warning. Check-in is generally after 3 o'clock, or flexible any time after that by arrangement. Late check-in is available if needed (again, by arrangement). Laundry and drying facilities/ironing board are available to use.
Travellers can do their own thing or be part of the household. You are free to share the comfortable sun-room with access to the rear garden, and the company of Frieda the friendly German Shepherd outside. She's a very gentle giant, and needs a lot of TLC at this time of her life - she will appreciate any attention guests are willing to give! Repeated ball-kicking is advised if you want to be friends with her.
There is a comfortable lounge and a daybed in the sun-room which you are welcome to relax on, and plenty of books to browse. You can have your breakfast either in the sun-room which adjoins the accommodation, your own room, or if you are feeling sociable, or travelling alone, in the dining room in the main area of the house. You are also welcome to use the pleasant patio areas situated in the rear and front garden in fine weather. Note that the entrance foyer is adjacent to the en-suite accommodation.
Interaction with guests
I'm happy to help out with advice about restaurants and cafes, things to do, recommendations and transfers to and from the station if needed. If you're travelling alone, and feel like a casual lunch or dinner companion during your stay, I'd be happy to join you at a local restaurant. Feel free to ask. You can interact as much or as little as you want, but i'm happy to chat too. If guests just want privacy, and need to chill out, or stay out, that's fine too.
There are great walks nearby, such as the national pass heritage walk, and the Charles Darwin walk, with hanging swamps and lovely waterfalls, bird-watching and sightings of an endangered Blue Mountains skink along the way. You can visit the Conservation Hut (only 20 minutes walk down a track from the house, or a couple of minutes by car) and the Grandview Hotel in the village for local history and tasty dining, as well as many good cafes and restaurants. There is a bakery in the village. On Monday and Tuesday nights there is a two-for-one deal for $26.00 at the Grandview Hotel, with a special Muesday menu. There is a taxi rank outside the station in the main street of the village. There are two small grocery stores in the village, two pizza places, and a Chinese restaurant. The local hotel is quite ok for dining, with a friendly bar and helpful staff. Nearby towns are Leura, with spectacular gardens and great shopping and cafes, and Katoomba, which features wonderful natural scenery in a world class national park, and the beautifully restored Carrington Hotel. Try the patisserie in the main street - great cakes! They also do nice Malaysian food. If you like North indian cuisine, the Tamerin restaurant at Leura is great. I eat there often with friends or family. Mesa Bario in Lawson is a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant. The Garage in Leura is very good for fine dining, or just lunch or coffee (just don't order too much.) Blackheath with its antique stores, nature trails, bookshops and cafes, and its Rhododendron gardens, is only fifteen minutes drive away. The lovely Wentworth Lake is a relaxing place to walk and picnic, and you can stroll around the entire lake. Wentworth Falls is my favourite village in the Blue Mountains, and I love living here. If you want to wander further afield, Bathurst, Orange, Cowra and beyond are very interesting towns to visit, with an array of natural, culinary and cultural attractions. Try the sweet shop on the way to Lithgow, which has great home made fudge. There are some great op shops to be found if you like collecting old wares, too. See as movie at the Art Deco cinema at Mt. Victoria, or at The Edge in Katoomba, have lunch in Blackheath and enjoy the local walks.
Wentworth Falls is accessible from Central station in Sydney, and every major village here is accessible by train. A local bus service operates to connect the villages, and the taxi rank is conveniently located at the train station. I am happy to provide transport to/from the station if needed, when guests come by train and don't have a hire-car.
Other things to note
Guests please note that the house pets are not free to roam in the bushland. The cat, Mao, is not allowed outside to prevent loss of wildlife (and loss of cat). The dog is outside in the back garden during the day, in the main house at night. Both are in their twilight years.
The owner is allergic to cigarette smoke, so it is a completely non-smoking space, inside and outside the house.
Guests who are quiet, friendly and respectful of others are welcome. This is a non-smoking (anywhere on the property) , non-partying house with two personable pets. The cat is old and can be cranky, and so I would prefer no pets. The cat is an inside cat who rules the sunroom, but she likes visitors and being petted, as does Freida the German Shepherd. Please take care not to let either pet escape when you are coming and going.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I'm a teacher and writer who likes a quiet life, and I also enjoy meeting new people. Those who need to practise their English skills are especially welcome. I myself love to travel, and favourite recent destinations have been Canada and the US, especially New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Anywhere where nature is stunning and the people are friendly is okay with me. When I travel I prefer staying i(URL HIDDEN)with real people as opposed to impersonal hotels, especially when the hosts are friendly and knowledgeable about their location, and it's convenient and close to public transport. As a host I am casual and like people to relax and take the opportunity to visit the well-known attractions that the area has to offer.