Newly available as a holiday rental, this elegant timber home in historic Blackheath affords guests a rare opportunity to enjoy the upper Blue Mountains with all the pleasures of their own home and gardens.
Just minutes from the township of Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains, Govett\'s Leap House affords a tranquil but well appointed retreat set amidst an acre of bushland garden.
LAST MINUTE SPECIAL - Due to a late cancellation - book any stay of two nights or more from 31st Nov until the 4th December - take a whopping 20% off the normal price. Snap up a treat and enjoy the last days of Spring in the mountains.
Architect designed and built in the early 1990\'s and owned by the same family since then, the house has wide timber verandahs, spacious living area with the choice of romantic solid fuel or convenient gas heating, conservatory style dining area with views onto the garden - while deep timber floors lead you to either of the two spacious bedrooms - both with luxurious king beds. One of the two bedrooms can be configured as two single beds upon request - perfect for families. All beds feature crisp full cotton linen, warm feather quilts and individually controlled electric blankets.
Quality and design integrity are hallmarks of this unique home; the full kitchen features state of the art Miele and Gaggenau appliances with gas cook-tops and an electric oven.
All you need for a gourmet weekend away is at your finger tips with a large walk in pantry, plentiful refrigeration, plates, cutlery and quality Chef Inox stainless steel cookware.
Blackheath is host to some of the Blue Mountains\' finest restaurants as voted in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide including Vulcans and Ashcrofts - both awarded hat ratings - a few minutes leisurely stroll into the town.
Blue Mountains National Park, Govett\'s Leap and the Grose Valley are all just minutes away.
While nature abounds, a stay at Govett\'s Leap House affords our guests with the convenience and enjoyment of satellite AUSTAR television and broadband internet should you need it at no additional charge.
AUSTAR satellite provides you with a range of cable channels including World Movies as well as picture perfect ABC and SBS.
Complimentary wireless broadband means you can bring your own Windows or Apple laptop and stay in touch if you choose to. Check a recipe - pen some relaxed personal eMails - browse for new music on iTunes. It\'s there when you want it - but just as easily not if you want complete seclusion.
For lovers of music and radio - a full stereo with CD player, AM/FM tuner and cable for direct iPod connection is yours to use during your stay.
Enjoy movies on DVD; you can confidently bring your own selection from anywhere in the world for use with our region-free DVD player - or pop up the street to Christie\'s for selection of rentals.
Wide verandahs and cosy lounges offer the perfect spot to pull up a chair and enjoy a book from the library, or peruse one of the many quality magazines or periodicals also kept in bountiful supply.
Games including cards, dominoes and perennial favourites such as Risk, Monopoly and Scrabble are at hand for young and old alike to enjoy.
What some of our recent guests have said...
Some recent quotes from our guest book:
\'Thank you for a lovely weekend\'s stay at Govett\'s Leap House; we enjoyed watching the birds feeding, the wonderful comfy beds, fantastic walks and just wished for a bit more time to get through the library!\'
\'Thank you, Fiona and Matthew for being so hospitable. You have provided a place of welcome, security, beauty and comfort that was more like a home than a place to sleep\'
\'We had a wonderful relaxing time here. The house is very comfortable and we enjoyed sitting on the verandah every afternoon, glass in hand - very peaceful!\'
\'Lovely location and fantastic accommodation. A great holiday in such good surroundings. Thanks for sharing your home with us.\'
\'What a lovely place to stay. The house is a very comfortable design in a nice woodsy setting. Birds at the feeder every morning and evening. And the books! We were able to read only about a quarter of them! Thanks for a great stay\"
\'Thank you for sharing your wonderful house with us! We have been blessed with sun all week and completed a wide range of walks throughout the mountains. Fantastic beds! World-class theatre library (and a hidden gem on almost any subject if you look hard enough) Super-sharp knives, comfortable fire and best of all the real sense of home makes this a very special place. We will be back - thanks again!\'
Exploring the National Park
Govett\'s Leap itself is a pleasant twenty minute stroll into the Blue Mountains National Park from your door at Govett\'s Leap House. Once there - you will be rewarded with one of the most spectacular views in the upper Mountains - south down the Grose Valley. For the more adventurous - Govett\'s Leap is also the starting point for a range of walks, long and short - details of which can be found from the National Parks and Wildlife Heritage Centre you pass on your way between the house and the lookout.
The centre is well worth a visit - hosting information and displays on the many outstanding local walking tracks and natural attractions, camping areas, guided walks, Discovery Programme and historic site tours. There are also gifts, souvenirs, videos, an art exhibition, an interactive educational display and books. To plan ahead - call the centre on .
The centre is the start of the Fairfax Heritage Track (2 km one way) for wheelchair users and people with poor vision. It offers excellent views, glimpses of birdlife, views of waterfalls, rainforest environs and facilities.
This is one of several tracks associated with Govett\'s Leap. Another, the Pulpit Rock Walk, heads north then east past Cripps Lookout to Pulpit Rock (2.5 km one-way). Passing through verdant rainforest, it furnishes attractive views of Horseshoe Falls and excellent birdwatching opportunities in the late afternoon. This track connects up with both the Popes Glen Walk, which leads west to Popes Glen Reserve in Wills St, and the Rodriguez Pass Walk, which heads east past Trinity Falls (on Govett\'s Leap Brook).
Another track (3 km one way) heads south from Govett\'s Leap past Bridal Veil Falls and Luchetti Lookout to Evans Lookout (see subsequent entry). This track intersects with the Braeside Walk (3 km return) which can also be joined at the other end by following the road which runs off Braeside St.
In 1835, surveyor William Romaine Govett wrote \'The bold broken nature of the country on either side is peculiarly grand, and the streams which at first commence in swamps soon make their way into inaccessible gullies, until they arrive at the cliffs of the main channel where they fall in cascades....
Local legends about over the naming of the \'Leap\' but perhaps the most reliable hint can be found in the continued words of Govett, the surveyor - who wrote: \"The most remarkable of these cascades is the one near the Weatherboarded Hut [Wentworth Falls] and that which falls into the head of the Grose River; which the surveyor general named \'Govett\'s leap\' from the circumstance of my first having come upon the spot when surveying with Mr Rusden.\"
Evans Lookout Road extends eastwards from the Great Western Highway, at the southern edge of Blackheath, out to Evans Lookout which offers more spectacular views over Blue Mountains National Park. It is another node within a network of local waliing tracks. One heads north to Govetts Leap Lookout (3 km one way), and another leads south for 1.5 km to Beauchamp Falls. A walk of medium difficulty, it is a very pleasant trek. A longer trek which starts from behind the shelter shed at Evans Lookout is the Neates Glen/Grand Canyon Circuit Walk (5 km) which allows occasional glimpses of lyrebirds.
Hat Hill Rd (which becomes unsealed after 3 km) extends north-eastwards from the Great Western Highway out to further walking tracks which take in Anvil Rock, Perrys Lookdown and the Grose Valley.
Hargreaves Lookout and the Megalong Valley
The northern side of Blackheath offers further natural attractions in the area which are, in fairness, as popular as those on the more famous southern side. Shipley Road runs off the Great Western Highway to Hargreaves Lookout. Megalong Road branches off Shipley Road and heads down to the Megalong Valley and Cox\'s River. Horseriding is available at Megalong Valley Farm (Tel: ), Carlon\'s Packsaddlers (Tel: ) and Werriberri Trail Rides (Tel: ). All three are located on Megalong Rd.
Megalong Valley Farm
This tourism venture has an animal farm which is open daily with shows and demonstrations on weekends and holidays. The farm\'s Adventure Horse Riding Centre is open every day with hourly trail rides, day rides, cattle drives and overnight rides. The Outback Pub Steakhouse is a licensed restaurant open for lunch from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., and the Country Shop sells gifts and Devonshire teas every day.
Rhododendron Garden in Bacchante Street
It would seem, if you arrive in season, that everyone in Blackheath plants rhododendrons in their garden. For the serious admirer the Rhododendron Garden in Bacchante Street (at the northern end of Blackheath) is open from 9.00-5.00 daily and has established a careful harmony between native flora and the rhododendron displays. There are more than 1500 rhododendrons in the gardens. The Rhododendron Festival is held each year in the second week in November when the flowers are in bloom.
Blackheath developed as a township with the arrival of the railway line in 1869. At the time it was known as Govett\'s Leap. Initially it had no railway station. The current Blackheath Railway Station dates from 1883. St Aidan\'s Church of England was consecrated in 1884. The popularity of Blackheath as a \'hill station\', and the increased numbers attracted to the church, resulted in it being expanded in 1902. The Post Office was completed in 1910 although the original post office was completed in 1885.
The original inn was built in 1831 by the freed convict Andrew Gardiner who had completed his sentence in 1826. It is one of the thirteen historic inns in the Blue Mountains. Pull up a bar stool and enjoy a cleansing ale and soak up some local history.
Govett\'s Leap House acknowledges The Age Travel, 15th August 2007 for their overview of Blackheath.
- AUSTAR Satellite TV
- Cooking Facilities
- DVD player
- Extra temporary bed available for additional guests.
- Gas Heating
- Linen Supplied
- Pay Television
- Solid Fuel Stove
Single night stays: $325. Weekends (Fri-Sun or Sat - Mon) are $590. Long weekends (Fri - Mon) are $690. Add weeknights to any two-night weekend stay - $100 each. Full week stay $950. Mid-week stays Mon - Thu: One night : $325 Two nights : $425 Three nights : $525 Four nights: $625
Stay before 29 May 2013 for 10% off.
SNAP UP A BARGAIN! To celebrate the month of May, we're taking an exceptional 10% off bookings of two + nights or 15% for 3 nights or more on ANY booking for the rest of 2013 confirmed during the month of May. Book and confirm by May 31st - and take 10-15% off!
Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.
Prices listed based on 4 adults. Property has 3 beds and can sleep a maximum 4 people.
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