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Cloudlands  Hot Featured
Hotels 5 Green Stars
Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Oceania
Country: Australia


On the escarpment, nestled in the grounds of historic “Cloudlands” in the Blue Mountains is a restored Old Writer’s Retreat, offering elegant and spacious self-contained accommodation for 2-7 people.

Ideal for couples/groups/ executive retreats (i.e. there are 4 bedrooms – 2 double rooms with queen beds, 1 twin and 1 single) this atmospheric, romantic blue mountain lodge has beautiful timber features throughout and is set in over an acre of old terraced escarpment garden, which leads down to Prince Henry Cliff Walk.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Energy Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Staff Comment - Our property is an historic property, correctly sited north-east to make maximum use of sunlight - passive solar. We are endeavouring to install solar energy as well i. The exterior consists of native jarrah timber, which has excellent insulating properties and American Redwood shingling, The property has an Arts and Crafts feel, designed to fit in with its surroundings and containing a number of individual features. Additional insulation was placed in the walls when restoring the property by the current owners, making it warm in Winter and cool in Summer (without the need for air-conditioning).

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Programmable hot water system which allows guests to set suitable temperature, thereby need to add cold water to adjust temperature is not needed. Shower timers in all bathrooms. Guests have the option to use these or not. Organic gardeners.The rambling escarpment garden is a micro-climante, and fairly self-sustaining. Rely a lot on mulching to help us through drier times. Predominantly native garden with native grasses used as lawn, which consequently never needs watering. Have established kitchen garden which guests are also invited to selected vegetables and herbs from for their own cooking, varying depending on availability and season. Make apple jam from old apple trees and leave for guests to use.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Have always left a composting bin for guests to use. Now upgrading to a more advanced Bokashi internal composting unit for our guests .

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - When guests are welcomed and taken through the Retreat, we indicate during the "tour" our eco-actions, including demonstraing how to use 4 minute shower timers, energy efficient hot water which can be programmed to a particular temperature and eliminates the need for adding cold water, how use use battery-free self-powered torches, how to use Bokashi composting unit. From time to time, paintings are on sale in the Retreat depicting our region's wild birds. Proceeds go to Help In Suffering, an animal charity in India with a major project of establishing an ELEPHANT HOMELAND in India for the elephants, losing habitat because of the encroaching human population and urbanization. We also alert guests to the KATOOMBA HERITAGE AND ART WALK, which is a self-guided walk of the precinct, and before arriving at Cloudlands, stress there is no need to bring a car.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Foods left are sourced locally from our region's small producers and are often organic. Leave educational material in breakfast basket on Slow Food principles. Send information package to guests prior to arrival containing literature on attractions and activities conducted by tourism-related local small businesses - guided birdwatching, adventure sports, lists of local restaurants, galleries, etc. Toiletries left for guests have been hand-made at a local level, minimal packaging. and then gift- boxed by the owners in simple boxes which are recycled to give a personal touch! Information on our region becoming a Cittaslow (Slow City) and what that means.

Contact Details

4-6 Banksia,
Park Road Katoomba,
NSW 2780,
Blue Mountains,
61 247827376
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