Enchanting 4 bedroom, 3 bedroom ridge top haven set in tranquil gardens
About Suzanne J
I purchased this lovely old colonial style home in 2003 after losing my home in Grand Canyon, Medlow Bath to a bushfire. I was living and working in Asia but always intended to come 'home' to the mountains. The renovations have evolved over the years to establish what has become our family gathering point for special events and celebrations. I moved back to Australia around 2010 and eventually brought the collected treasures from my homes and years in Singapore, India, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, coupled with some family pieces. Together this has become a most eclectic melange which could only be called maximilist! But it all works harmoniously to create a genuinely uplifting and restoring space.... a home. Unfortunately work took me away in early 2012 and the many friends and family who have stayed over the years encouraged us to make it available to share with others. I communicate directly with every group who stays at my home and about half of our guests return again and again bringing their families, friends and international visitors. Many tell me they feel it is their home, their go-to getaway and nothing sums up better what I have tried to create at Rawson Retreat. I'm a musician in an inter generational family of now amateur musicians and the big room (6.4 x 6.4 metres) with the baby grand is a favourite hangout. That said, many would argue the huge back deck with the fireplace and the giant daybed is our fave! But then the foodies would say, no, the kitchen! I'm a passionate cook but I like to keep it simple on weekends, letting the local produce speak for itself. And we certainly have wonderful fresh ingredients to work with in the upper mountains. We LOVE going to the farmers markets and buying everything from homemade cheeses, smoked trout, fruits and vegies in season - the apples and stone fruit from Bilpin and Orange, honey from local hives, homemade pickles and jams and then we eat. O, I should mention the wines!!
Why Suzanne J chose Leura
This is a home. A real live space that invites you feel the warmth and comfort. It has everything you want and expect in a home, with a hint of the quirkiness that characterises everyone's home. I'm often disappointed when I stay somewhere and there are 6 matching utensils aligned in a pristine drawer. O I'm a total believer in clean, even neat, but we keep it real. Our utensil drawers have peelers, zesters, satay skewers, pastry brushes, can openers, cupcake papers, every kind of wrap, rubber bands, birthday candles and sticky tape - never know what you'll need, right!? Rawson Retreat is big and spacious - we all love our friends and family and part of keeping that real is space to get away from each other! We have 2 deck areas - one facing the sunrise (gorgeous for breakfast) and the huge west facing one (perfect for sunset cocktails). There is a big comfy sofa in the open plan kitchen dining area plus the huge lounge/music room with daybeds, lounges and armchairs to curl up and chat. There's enough space for 4 or more cooks to hang out AND good knives! There are several places to eat - the kitchen deck (with BBQ), the breakfast bar, another table adjoining the kitchen, the dining area with a big table and candles, place mats, napkins etc, and the enclosed back deck with BBQ and fireplace. The property is over a third of an acre with several distinct garden areas to the front, side and back. There's a beautiful quiet spot or meditation platform to one side of the large terraced back garden which is fenced with gates to keep little ones safe. There are four bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, again plenty of space and amenity. We're absolutely into comfort! Pure cotton sheets, fluffy towels, electric blankets, rugs crocheted by my mother, Persian rugs on polished wood floors, plump cushions, soft lamp light, woolly throws, comfy beds, plenty of hot water, programable central heating, heaps of places to recline with wine, books, snacks and music.
What makes this House unique
This is the perfect large home for a group getaway. All the together space and amenity with lots of personal space to rest and recharge. It's beautifully laid out and fitted with a unique collection of furniture, furnishings, textiles and artworks. It has all the comfort, gadgetry and forethought of a genuine home rather than an investment property. Leura is the artistic heart of the Blue Mountains, Rawson Retreat is close to Leura but positioned to the north east in tranquil bush with views from the east and west into national park valleys. If you're the organiser of your group break - you not only get first choice of bedroom - you'll get heaps of kudos for finding this perfect Blue Mountains house to create your special getaway. And we're lovely to deal with (really!) - which is also why our guests return over and over.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Comfy home in Leura
Booked for the long weekend, Rawson Retreat is a comfy large house full of unexcited surprises. Great communication prior, easy check in made for an enjoyable weekend.
Hi Ross so glad you and your group of 7 had a lovely weekend. Plenty of space to hang out together but still some quiet one on one time! You've been a great guest and delighted to have you back anytime. Suzanne
Great family getaway
Rawson Retreat was all we expected and more
The house is beautifully presented, with loads of space
The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need for entertaining and cooking
We enjoyed the outdoor fire that is well protected on the back verandah
The house was toasty and warm thanks to the central heating
Communication with owner Suzanne was a breeze
A perfect getaway
Thanks Robyn! What a delight it has been having you as our guests and thank you of the lovely video of your husband playing the piano. So glad this break was all you had hoped for and my very best wishes with all you have going on. Suzanne
Beautiful living spaces
We really enjoyed sharing the large living spaces with our two families. There is always a quiet place to retreat and read, and another place to play games, and another place to sit, chat and have a drink. It's a house that makes rainy days and fog a treat...
Thanks Dan, so glad you made our home yours....that's exactly how we feel about it!! Please come back anytime as you have been a pleasure to deal with and lovely guests. Have a great year. Suzanne
Great value for home away from home
The photos don't do justice to the size of this place. It was lovely, convenient and very comfortable for the 7 adults we had staying.
Delightful luxurious unique home away from home
Tucked away in the trees is this unique property. As soon as you step through the front door you will think you have entered a boutique hotel, with beautiful furniture throughout, amazing entertainment spaces inside and out for a family or a group of friends and everything you could imagine available, from piano, drums, games, fully stocked cupboards including condiments. You won't want to leave! In only a short distance from Leura Mall too
A wonderful mini break
Recently stayed at Rawsons for a few nights with 9 family members. Despite the cold, rainy weather we thoroughly enjoyed pottering about in the beautiful house. There was plenty of room for us all and plenty to do inside....we cooked, played the piano, listened to music, played games, read books, and just enjoyed the lovely atmosphere. The house is warm, cosy, very well stocked with cooking utensils and has the most beautiful and interesting collection of artifacts. We will definitely return and highly recommend this place.