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Kurrara Historic Guest House
Ranked #2 of 19 Katoomba B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Evelyn and Ian have rescued this classic. The 1902 Guest House “Kurrara” has been turned into a first class B&B.

The guesthouse is ideally located in walking distance to all the iconic landmarks of the Blue Mountains area. Kurrara lies in a quiet residential street about a half a mile from both the Echo Point Lookout and the Katoomba town centre.

Evelyn and Ian are so welcoming and friendly! The rooms are immaculate, as is the rest of the guest home. We stayed in The Margarite Suite. Both the suite and the bathroom were beautifully decorated, clean, warm and very comfortable. The bed is easily the best bed we have slept in!

The breakfasts are just so tasty and generous. You'll also be very impressed by the incredible selection of tea that is on offer. But my personal favorite experience was the fact that I could connect to the Internet via the guesthouse’s superb Wi-Fi network free of charge – now there is a point of difference!

Finally both Evelyn and Ian are really great people and made many helpful recommendations for places to see and restaurants to visit in the area. Which by the way all turned out to be wonderful suggestions. These guys really understand “how to delight their customers”.

We have stayed in many other B&B's, but “Kurrara Historic Guest House” ranks # 1 on our list.

We will be back for sure, highly recommended!

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Victorian era charm combined with modern day comfort. Beautifully done and friendly service. Walking distance to shops and Echo Point (Three Sisters). Extras include a shared sitting room with a huge choice of movies, a sunny verandah for breakfast and a lounge, all furnished with Victorian antiques and friendly touches including a glass of port, cake, biscuits and fruit.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

I am writing this review because there are very few recent ones and the older ones do not fairly represent the property.
It is a lovely old building with great atmosphere.
There is spacious on-site parking. The rooms were very clean and tidy.
Afternoon tea is provided in a very comfortable and attractive guest lounge.
Rooms are not huge but why should they be in this type of accommodation?
Our bed was very comfortable and had good quality linen.
There is a great selection of DVDs and TV reception was excellent.
Wi-fi reception was good in the main area of the property but hit and miss in our room. But..hey... it was included and at least it was there, unlike some places. These days I see it as an absolute essential.
The bathroom was very generously proportioned and had great hot water and pressure.
Breakfast was a real surprise. A great selection of cereals, cheeses, breads, fruits and yoghurt, along with croissants and muffins.
The employees we met were friendly and we were given a good tour of the place.
We enjoyed our brief stay here and will recommend it to our friends

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Having arrived in Australia from the UK (mid February 2014) and spent our first 3 nights in Sydney it was great to journey into the stunning Blue Mountain region.
Kurrara house is set in, what we felt, was a nice quite area of Kattomba within easy walking distance of both the town and the Echo point attractions. 1st impressions can often count for a lot and we were not disappointed by this historic accommodation. We were shown around the house and then taken to our room which was clean, comfortable and all we could have asked for during our short stay

Iain was more than happy to help and give us his advice on things to do and where to go to make the most of our couple of days

Breakfast was a good mix of cerials / fruit and fresh continental breads which was more than enough to set us up for the day

When we return to Australia I intent to spend more time in the region and would definately look to come and stay again at the Kurrara

Thank you for your hospitality

Gary and Ness

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

Stayed 3 nights in January and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was quite a change from the large hotels we'd been in for the rest of our trip, but all the better for that. The house itself is very quaint with all the original features intact. Can't remember which room we were in but I think it was one of the larger ones, furnished and decorated in keeping with the rest of the house. The bed was almost too comfortable, we had to discard the comforters and throws, but it did look lovely. The continental style breakfast was good with plenty of choice and lovely coffee (which was available all day). Other nice touches was the cakes and biscuits left out for afternoon tea, and port available in the lounge. We took our breakfasts in the porch area overlooking the front garden. Iain and Evelyn were really welcoming and we even got yoga lessons from Evelyn to help my husband's back pain. All in all a really enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed at Kurrara in Feb and had a pleasant enough stay. The owners were very friendly and helpful during the stay. Our room was small and we were told was still to be fully renovated. It had a new bed, but the room needed a paint and a bathroom upgrade. We could hear voices in the next room,but we just closed the bathroom door, which fixed that. We did have a look in to the adjacent room next day, and this appeared to have been renovated and although small, did look a lot better. Breakfast is a good array of continental offerings (no hot food) with excellent breads jams and cheeses. Juices, cereals, yogurt were all laid on. They have two separate eating rooms, one overlooking the front garden.
The B and B is close to Katoomba main steet and not far from Echo Point.
I am sure when all improvements are finished, this place will be even better.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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KurraraHouse, Owner at Kurrara Historic Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

Thank you for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Iain and I purchased Kurrara in May 2012 and have implemented an ongoing program of refurbishment to restore this beautiful old home. Having been a guest house since 1902, Kurrara is most likely the longest running in Katoomba. We are passionate about preserving the history of Kurrara and the age of the house. The decor has been carefully chosen to reflect its age, and to offer modern day comforts, with brand new latex eco-beds, natural textiles, carpets and curtains. Room by room, we are creating a benchmark of quality and comfort. We hope you will return to stay with us in the future. If you visit our website you will find up to date information and photographs of all our rooms, and if you book direct you can choose your favourite room. We offer 3 large spa suites downstairs with 4-poster beds, some with garden rooms, and 5 upstairs rooms of varying sizes. Once again thank you for taking the time to review our property.
Best regards,
Iain & Evelyn

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

We attended the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival in February 2014 and our hosts, Beverly and Iain, were very hospitable and made our stay all the more enjoyable with their attention, excellent recommendations and local knowledge. We enjoyed the ambience of a 100+ year old guest house being restored to its former glory with twenty-first century embellishments. Lovely bed, good breakfast, convenient location with the (truly) stunning Echo Point 15 minutes quiet walk away; we'd be happy to return.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Kurrara Historic Guest House

Address: 17 Coomonderry St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Katoomba
Price Range: £75 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kurrara Historic Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kurrara Guest House was built in 1902 as one of the first guest houses in Katoomba. In 2012, it was handed over to new owners and has undergone a transformation. Our beautiful Mountains Guest House is centrally heated, and offers 3 spa en suites, with 4-poster beds and period furnishings. 5 Upstairs shower en suites are individually decorated and have been recently refurbished. Our guests enjoy relaxing in our communal lounges around Victorian gas log fires and a large screen TV/DVD & library. Enjoy tea & coffee on arrival, and complimentary Port. We offer a full continental breakfast of homemade muesli, cereals, freshly baked bread, fruit, yogurt, and fresh juice. Free wifi is available in all rooms. Kurrara has its own private carpark and off street parking. Situated on a quiet and peaceful corner, surrounded by rhododendrons and mature trees. We are within walking distance to Katoomba town centre and wonderful restaurants, Echo Point and The Three Sisters and the many bushwalks in the surrounding area. We welcome you to stay with us and become part of an 110 year tradition of visitors to Kurrara. You won't want to leave! ... more   less 
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Kurrara Guest House Hotel Katoomba
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