Every year we indulge the family with a winter retreat from the city to the mountains to reunite the children with their rural heritage and day trips to the caves. And every year the children ask if we can stay at the beautiful grand old house in Mt Victoria, which they tend to talk about extensively more than any of the other mountain experiences. We have chosen to stay numerous times at the Manor House and will continue to do so. We don't want an impersonal expensive resort found in neighbouring towns and we don't want the alternate backpackers-styled accommodation offered in this town, instead every year we are delighted with the grace and warmth of this guesthouse. Our rooms are large, airy and bright opening (yes, windows that open!) onto the historic old verandah and overlooking established trees, the beds are comfortable with doonas and electric blankets, the bathroom is modern, there is more than enough fresh linen to suit our family needs and the whole hotel is very well-heated - bliss! The house is lived-in, the furniture isn't matching, and the decor, thankfully, isn't beige or white - the house instead feels loved and steeped in history. I am not terrified of my children making noise as they dash around discovering more and more rooms or across to the park, but the house is so large with so many different lounge rooms that I don't even notice that there are other families and couples staying except when we would pass in the dining room. Breakfast is generous and friendly - seated in the formal dining room we are offered cereal, fruit, cooked breakfast to our requirements and endless cups of tea and coffee. The owners are helpful, chatty but not obtrusive. I think this guesthouse exists as a reminder of what accomodation was offered in the past to the genteel tourist to the Mountains and travellers out west but is sadly lost in modern sterile hotels and resorts. I love its graciousness, its warmth, its beautiful ageing facade, the quietness and the comfort. Plus, as a family, I also love its price! We will be back again next year. Thank you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Mountains Manor House, the most prominent home erected in the late 1870's by J.R. Fairfax (S.M.H.) on the most commanding point at Mount Victoria. Blue Mountains Manor House is still a magnificent, rambling edifice constructed on solid stone foundations, embellished architecturally with cedar fittings. Sympathetic restoration has retained its impressive qualities, combined with an ambiance you can feel as you walk in the front door. "Just when you think the last of the true old fashioned guesthouses are dead and buried, along comes Blue Mountains Manor House ...fast emerging as one of the best, old style getaways in the Blue Mountains." Good Weekend. We are extremely lucky in that Blue Mountains Manor House is in a quiet position. Most houses that have spanned 3 centuries have the highway or railway right on their doorstep. We enjoy the peaceful surrounds of grounds and a small 19th century village. The house has 13 en-suite rooms and 3 apartments all individually decorated with queen or king ensembles, feather doonas and electric blankets. All en-suites have been introduced in the last 2 years and 7 have full baths (1 spa bath), 3 have half baths and 4 with showers. ... more less