Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blue Mountains Girls’ Getaways

The girls got up and went to the Blue Mountains, close by to Sydney for a getaway.

By Guest Blogger Caroline Gladstone

Our butler Andrew greets us at Lavender Majestic, a beautiful sandstone cottage in Katoomba where all sorts of pampering is set to take place.

Cottage is a bit of a misnomer for this 1890’s home, built for Mark Foy, the department store entrepreneur and creator of the famous Hydro Majestic Hotel.

Dry Ridge Winery owner, Emma MacMahon.
Current owner Nicky Vaux extended the house, adding a new wing with extra bedrooms (one huge enough to have four single beds and comfy lounge chairs), and created an outdoor deck and barbecue area, where a hot tub built for at least six takes pride of place. It is the perfect venue for a girls’ getaway, be it a weekend or a week-long escape. While Andrew rustles up gourmet breakfasts, guests can add extra pampering treats such as a class at the Blue Mountains Cooking School or in-cottage catering.
Our butler Andrew serves the breakfast pastries.
Conservatory at Lavender Majestic.
After a deep tissue massage and plenty of lingering in the light-filled conservatory, we visit Dryridge Estate, the only cellar door in the mountains. Then it’s off to Blackheath to pick up our meal of slow-cooked lamb from popular restaurant Vesta, before heading home for a soak in the hot tub complete with a glass of bubbles.

Ahh, bliss.


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