Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Nestled in the Blue Mountains five minutes from Blackheath, Heatherton House was built in the 1890s as a summer retreat for the Bishop of Bendigo. Once inside the old country manor it’s not hard to imagine how reluctant the Bishop must have been to leave his cool mountain sanctuary for the sweltering heat of the plains. By day, sunlight pours through a three-arched picture window on to the white floorboards of the lounge area, and at night the five-bedroom property is warmed by firelight, twinkling chandeliers and a big, friendly, farmhouse kitchen.

Heatherton manages to be rustic, cosy and unfussy at the same time as being effortlessly, flawlessly stylish. And, should you tire of admiring the garden vistas from every room, reading a book by the fire, relaxing in the north-facing conservatory or soaking in a bath overlooking blooming azaleas and rhododendrons, there are several scenic bush trails, horse riding and an 18-hole golf course nearby.

Details // Leichhardt St, Blackheath, NSW. From $550 per night. www.heathertonhouse.com.au, (02) 4787 8231.

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