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Published June 9th 2012
If you happen to be happily planning a little break up in the Blue Mountains and are rather stonkered at the amount of things to do there, then let me add another place to your list. It's not one of those places everyone goes to, which I rather like, but it's definitely somewhere you should go to if you're spending some time in the gorgeous town of Leura.
It was built just before WW1, and was a modern marvel at the time. Built on twelve acres of the most beautiful and well-cared for gardens and influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, the house alone is worth the visit. The home is Heritage listed and is displayed in its original state, including original paint finishes, furnishings, fixtures and fittings. But that's not the only reason you might visit the house. Inside the house you'll also find the most interesting collection of antique toys and collectables. They have a great assortment; from tin toys, to antique dolls and teddy bears, to Barbie and Ken & friends, to model trains and carriages.
And if it's model trains you like, or trains of any sort really, then you'd better take a wander around those gorgeous gardens I was mentioning earlier. Out there is a couple of the best little electric train sets I've ever taken my boys to see.
There are also an assortment of train stations from various different places sprinkled throughout the garden for your sitting pleasure, as well as those spectacular gardens themselves. Kids love it here, they can run around, hide behind hedges, run through little hidey holes and pretend they're waiting for a train.
This is a great place to come to with the whole family. Everyone will have something to look at and enjoy and across the road are the most breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains, just to remind you where you are.