More than just a picturesque beauty, we find the plenty of style, substance and designer stays in the Blue Mountains Blackheath, number 66 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘.
Nominated by: Richard Unsworth, garden designer, garden editor for Belle magazine and owner of Garden Life; Jenny Kee, fashion designer.
Blackheath, in NSW’s Blue Mountains, has long had a reputation for being a photographer’s paradise, with its alluring mix of wildflowers, moody skies, dramatic overcrops and World Heritage-listed mountain ranges.
But there are several modern surprises among the eucalypts, says Richard Unsworth, including Logan Brae orchard: “Go and pick apples from the orchard, then order an apple juice and the sour cream and apple pie. Glorious!”
Jenny Kee, meanwhile, happens to own “a little room” nearby, available to holiday-makers looking for a complete escape. “It’s a place to come for peace and solitude,” she declares. “It doesn’t have fancy equipment.”
We’re not so sure about that – that ‘room’ is a stunning Glen Murcott-designed studio set among 2.4 hectares of native gardens landscaped by Craig Burton, featuring a Spanish sandstone bathroom with underfloor heating, Jenny Kee-designed finishes (of course) and a view for days… all for just $160 per night (airbnb.com.au/rooms/1281990).
Whether you stay there or not, though, “you must take the Lockleys Pylon bushwalk through the Grose Valley, it’s just extraordinary for wildflowers in spring,” she says.
“And Canton Palace in Katoomba has some of the best Chinese that I’ve ever eaten. Busloads of Chinese people visit it, so you know it’s great food.”
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