First published on 22 May 2012. Updated on 23 May 2012.
1 Lurline House
122 Lurline St, Katoomba 2780. 02 4782 4609. www.lurlinehouse.com.au.
This Federation-era guesthouse offers four-poster beds, a full English breakfast and an excellent location between the rugged beauty of the Three Sisters and the quaint charm of Katoomba town centre. Rooms start at $99 per night for two people.
2 Storey Grange
105 Lalor Dr, Springwood 2777. 02 4751 2672. www.storeygrange.com.
The owners of Storey Grange have endeavoured to create "an architectural magnificence", and we reckon it’s a mission accomplished. Situated in the Blue Mountains National Park, Storey Grange offers a series of suites designed to enhance the natural beauty of the nearby bushland, and for those who really want to take their time, a self-contained cottage. Accommodation starts at $175, depending on the season.
59 Wilson St, Lawson 2783. 02 4759 1610. www.araluen.com.
The mantra of Araluen is 'relax', and with only three guest bedrooms, it's not hard to sink into the tranquillity and forget about the world. This also lends Araluen a very personal atmosphere, and when you’re in Lawson, 90km from the bustle of Sydney, that's a very welcome thing. Rooms start at $150 twin share, with a minimum two-night stay on weekends.
4 Jamison Guesthouse
48 Merriwa St, Katoomba 2780. 02 4782 1206. www.jamisonhouse.com.
Edwardian elegance is the name of the game here. Featuring the Rooster Restaurant – a local institution – and views that stretch all the way to Kings Tableland, the Jamison is every bit as picturesque as the valley it's named for. Packages including dinner and accommodation start from $260 per couple.
5 Rose Lindsay Cottage
113 Chapman Pde, Faulconbridge 2776. 02 4751 4273. www.roselindsay.com.au.
Getting in touch with nature is easy to do at the Rose Lindsay Cottage, with over 100 species of bird frequenting the sprawling gardens. After spending time taking in the natural visions, head across to the nearby Norman Lindsay Gallery
for a look at the artist's (naughty!) work. Rates start from $198 midweek for one night and includes breakfast.