Luxury Bush Escape is a studio guesthouse in the Blue Mountains, and at the time of writing was the No. 1 listing on Airbnb for the region. Here’s why I think it’s one of the best places to stay when you visit.
As the host of Luxury Bush Escape I may be a little biased when recommending this private abode as one of the must-do experiences in the Blue Mountains, but given it has so many rave reviews on Airbnb I don’t think it’s far from the truth. So what makes this accommodation for couples and small families or groups so great?
1. It’s champagne taste on a chardonnay budget
You know how you can sometimes find really good wine for a fraction of the cost of an supposedly superior bottle? That’s what Luxury Bush Escape is to rooms at well-known resorts here in the Blue Mountains. One night at our very private, serene and luxurious studio will cost you around the same as a night at a run-of-the-mill motor inn elsewhere in the Blue Mountains, the difference being our accommodation has waaaaaay more appeal. There wouldn’t be many places offering uninterrupted valley views, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and tub with an outlook over the bush, plus proximity to all the main attractions of the Blue Mountains at this price. The reason I keep it so affordable is because I’d rather give all visitors the opportunity to experience it and have it booked out all week than hike up the price and only have it booked out on the weekends. I also haven’t included a TV as I’d prefer the keep it ‘unplugged’, though there is NBN internet.
2. That bathroom
When we renovated our guesthouse one of my top priorities was to have a view from the bathroom. There’s something magical about having a shower or soaking in a tub while gazing out at the tree-lined horizon. Just imagine it: taking a bath, sipping a glass of champagne, surrounded by tea-light candles, watching the changing colours of the dramatic Blue Mountains sky on sunset… bliss.
3. Goodbye tourists
Luxury Bush Escape is located in Bullaburra, which you won’t find on any tourist maps because – while it’s only a 5- to 15-minute drive from the major tourist attractions of Wentworth Falls, Leura and Katoomba – there’s not a lot right here in the way of walks or restaurants. What that means, though, is that you get to experience a unique little patch of Blue Mountains paradise that’s away from the humdrum of tourist hot spots yet conveniently close to all that when you want it.
4. Complete privacy
A lot of Airbnb listings offer private rooms within someone’s house with a shared kitchen or living area; Luxury Bush Escape, on the other hand, is its own private entity. It’s completely separate from the main house, with a couple of deck areas and some landscaping dividing the two buildings (about 10m apart); plus it has private access. And with privacy comes quiet: but for the sound of birds or occasional rain on the tin roof, you likely won’t hear a sound during your stay.
5. A serene space
Luxury Bush Escape has such a peaceful feeling inside it’s affectionately known amongst our family as the ‘dojo’, which is what Zen Buddhists call their meditation halls. The jute carpet, contemporary furnishings and uncluttered space makes it perfect for rolling down a yoga mat or just curling up with a good book. We’ve purposefully not set up a TV so as not to ruin the vibe, although we do provide wifi internet access.
6. The friendly neighbours
No, I’m not talking about the people next door; I mean the locals living up in the trees… At Luxury Bush Escape we receive frequent visits from rosellas, king parrots, kookaburras, cockatoos, bower birds, lyrebirds and even the odd black cockatoo snacking in the pine trees overhead. We also give guests some seed to feed to the birds so you can get up close and personal with these bright and chirpy characters.
I could wax lyrical all day long about Luxury Bush Escape, but you might prefer to hear what people who’ve stayed here have to say about our studio… or maybe even make a booking!