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“Oldy-wordly experience in the mountains”
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Leura House
Ranked #5 of 10 Leura B&B and Inns
Reviewed 6 August 2014

I read the reviews of Leura House, but still went ahead with the booking. This place is enchanting in an oldy worldy way. For me the experience was like stepping back in time. Something reminiscent of sharing an old boarding house with like-minded strangers, creaky floors and old paintings and artefacts scattered around. We had the the mid-week special. For that we got a room with a balcony - comfortable bed, fridge, shower with good pressure, and associated coffee/tea/ milk stuff. The owner, Gary, was lovely, and responded to our request for a room with a balcony with ease (not bad for a Wotif booking with a follow-up phone call). He also was happy to talk about the history of the house and explain the history of some of the paintings.Leura House is on the other side of the railway - away from the shops and main street. It has one of the most amazing views from the entrance to the driveway - all the way back down to Sydney and the southern tablelands - that's something you don't see everyday in the Blue Mountains. Breakfast was continental - juice, cereal and toast. I don't know about the bacon and eggs reviews - perhaps that's only on the weekends. But there was plenty of food for us and it was great to see fellow travelers - couples with babies, couples without babies, a large extended family group, and a a few backpackers happily cooking toast together. We have stayed in many establishments in the blue mountains over the years. Leura House was not the best or the worst but it was certainly charming and original. Sometimes we miss the graciousness and the history of a place in the desire for a hot breakfast. We enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

A delightful old convent which could be a delightful place to stay. Instead, the owner's mean attitude takes away from the historic feel of the place. No log fire, poor breakfast, lots of rules written everywhere. This may have suited the nuns, but if you're looking for a warm, welcoming, generous B & B in the Mountains, look elswhere!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Johnnyblueb
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Grabbed the mid-week special (good value) and were allocated a room at the rear of Leura House. The room, Number 7, overlooked the garden and there was only a little noise from the Great Western Highway and railway line. Nothing to worry about. The room was adequately furnished with a very comfortable bed and plenty of drawer space. It was heated, but not air conditioned, and had a small balcony. The bathroom had a shower and was very clean except for some cobwebs on the ceiling light. Rooms are on ground and first floor. If you have trouble with lengthy and narrow stairs, ask for a ground floor room. Leura House is an old style Victorian guesthouse with multiple bedrooms and some common areas. It has a wide range of furnishing and decoration styles and fits perfectly into the Agatha Christie style guesthouse. It would be easy to host a 30's style "Murder Mystery Night" here. A large comfortable lounge room is available with a great bookcase of books for your use. Yes, the House is somewhat tired but it does have charm and is not all chrome and Mod Oz as some hotels are these days. There may be some negative issues with some guests; breakfast is only between 08.30 and 09.30. It's cereal and toast style. Reception is only available in the morning between 09.30 and 10.30 so those wishing to leave prior to then are asked to push their room key under the Office door. Reception is open for about four hours in the afternoon. There is no evening restaurant, but the House is only a few minutes walk from Leura Mall which has multiple cafes and restaurants. Off street parking is available

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the rear. Rear external stairs close to car park.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Richard T
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We were lucky to get a midweek special in early May - so for the price, I was pleasantly surprised by the super-comfy queen bed, large room, spotless bathroom, and views over the garden and the Blue Mountains. We loved the Victorian feel of the building, and the comfortable lounge area, and the internet worked well. The only negatives were not finding anyone at home when we arrived (we had to wait outside until a guest let us in), and a fairly basic breakfast (fine for us walkers paying a midweek special price, but if you were paying full price you'd expect better). The room was cold when the temperature dropped, but otherwise very comfortable and on a sunny afternoon, the balcony would be fabulous... It's a house with history but is bright and comfy. Easy walk to shops and to walking trails.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jen B
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

We paid top dollars as it was Easter weekend (I do understand that this is going to be more expensive. Bed very hard. Decor very sad and dated. I requested gluten free bread for breakfast, but they had neglected to provide any saying that the shops had been shut the day before so they hadn't purchased any. The breakfast was very stingy - 2 tiny rasher of bacon and an egg. Fruit juice not fresh and out of a can. Accommodation was very poor and the service was even worse. Have stayed many times in both Leura and Katoomba and have enjoyed exellent hospitality on many occasions. This fell a long way short and I certainly would not stay there again.
Very poor all round.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Wendy B
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We arrived to find the appearance of the building did not match the photo, clearly it had been taken some time ago. We were welcomed by the owner who was more officious than friendly and provided a tired overview of the history. We were bustled up to our room and given brief instructions on how to get in and out of the building without assistance with a sense of "we don't want to be bothered". Rooms have now air conditioning and we were advised to open the window and fit an expanding fly screen which fitted with gaps allowing mosquitoes access. The building has some great history but needs a good restoration. Breakfast is only served between 8:30 and 9:30 in the dining room where you will find cereals and toast. The owner popped out from the kitchen in shorts and thongs and greeted us with "Eggs and bacon?", I don't believe we had any option. Food was ok but short in quantity. In an area with lots of quality B&Bs, we will not return.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Ianthomo
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

First point - dont bother turning up before 2pm because the office is not open.
We stayed in February and it was very hot in the rooms. No airconditioning and no fan. Breakfast is only served between 8:30 and 09:30 so its very restrictive. Saying that the breakfast wasnt great, hard poached eggs, bacon and tomato. The back garden is pretty, if you do stay here which I dont advise ask for a room which overlooks the garden. We were able to have a drink on our little balcony.
Its close to the shops so you can walk but be careful of the traffic. Its not very safe to cross at some points

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LucyOrangeNSW
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Address: 7 Britain St, Leura, New South Wales 2780, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Leura
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Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Leura
Price Range: £64 - £155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Leura House 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This mountain Guest House (c.1880) is an historic and magnificent home. Spacious gardens and sweeping valley views surround the house situated on the highest point (1,900 ft above sea level) of the beautiful village of Leura. Central heating throughout with log fire in the lounge. Superb dining, conference and reception facilities. Adjacent to the many tourist attractions, walking tracks, sporting activities, village shops and railway station. elegantly furnished with lots of old-world charm. ... more   less 
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