Leura is a glorious - rather hilly - village that is part of the greater Katoomba area in the Blue Mountains. Known for its gardens (and great shopping in Leura Mall) it is a perfect place to put down roots for a few nights and explore the area.
La Petite Maison, at the high end of Megalong Road, is a near-perfect two bedroom cottage that has been renovated and decorated to appeal to all the senses. Sleeping four people in two rooms, the cottage also offers a cosy lounge room with a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen and two bathrooms. There is also a surprisingly large back yard that seems to go on forever, and a wrought iron outdoor dining area under a white wooden verandah. Tres chic.
The loungeroom has a wood burnig fireplace plus DVD/TV and CD system
The light switches are period, the bed linen gracious, and the chandeliers rustic and wholly appropriate. Even the oven is special. In its entirety, the cottage is welcoming and tasteful and it doesn't feel forced or gimmicky.
Available through the Stayz website, the cottage is just around the corner from the main street in Leura. It's a short walk, although quite steep.
There are so many great things about the cottage, such as the wonderfully efficient central heating, the drawers and drawers of DVDs, books and board games and the lovely copper tubs of wood and kindling already cut for your fire (there is a how-to page at the back of the house manual which shows you how to light a fire if you aren't actually a Boy Scout).
The supplies provided with the house are very limited (one small box of UHT milk, some oils, salt and pepper, tea bags and instant coffee) but there is a Woolworths located just around the corner.
The cottage is located on what would probably be considered a relatively main road, so on weekdays the traffic is constant though certainly not a deal-breaker. On-site parking is provided for two cars.
Manicured front garden and off-street parking for two
There is a spa in the main bathroom and a conveniently located heater underneath the towel rail, so if you leave your towels there while you are showering they are toasty warm when you get out.
The second bedroom has its own ensuite and, while for some reason it doesn't have its own heater, what it does have is underfloor heating. In the middle of winter, you simply turn the central heating on when you arrive (it warmed the house within 15 minutes) and turn it off when you check out. In summer, there is air conditioning.
The cottage is child-friendly, but it is certainly not designed specifically for kids (it's very romantic). There are two queen sized beds, and a portacot can be provided if required (but not linen). Children would certainly love the huge backyard with hidden benches and birdbaths, but I would suggest packing some DVDs for the kids, as most of the massive collection provided are for grown-ups. There is also a fully equipped laundry if you feel so inclined (BYO laundry powder).