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Review - Bronte Cottage, Bygone Beautys Cottages
  • The quaint and fascinating Tea Rooms
  • The well equipped kitchen has everything you need to whip up a gourmet meal
  • The leafy outlook of the back patio
  • The piano has pride of place at Bronte Cottage

Bronte Cottage, Bygone Beautys Cottages
78-80 Genevieve Road

Bullaburra NSW
 
 
Set at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, you drive through lush green gardens and abundant foliage and then come upon the white, French provincial-style Bronte cottage. It is a lovely way to arrive at a property.

Overall rating? Outstanding

What makes Bronte at Bygone Beautys different?
Statues flank the low steps to the front door and the interior of the house strikes you as being very luxurious, with beautiful living space, extensive floor-to-ceiling windows and an abundance of light. The French provincial feeling is continued with the large fireplace and a grand piano in one corner.
 
Accommodation overview
The main bedroom with ensuite and queen-size bed is well appointed, and the bathroom is nicely modern, but with lovely old touches throughout such as the ornate toilet roll stand and dial telephone.
 
The second bedroom with queen-size bed and double sofa bed has a mini-lounge and French doors opening out on to a patio and the twin bedroom is long and narrow, looks out onto the main road, and is perfectly suited for children. All linen and toiletries are supplied, and the beds are fitted with electric blankets, although the central heating is excellent, so you are unlikely to need them. 
 
Bygone Beautys have eight accommodation options for you choose from including Bronte, Robins Nest and The Chalet so you're sure to find something for everyone.
 
Facilities overview
Bronte Cottage is fully self-contained and there are plenty of supplies when you arrive, such as provisions for a cooked breakfast, a fruit basket, fresh flowers, loaves of lovely bread, selection of cereal packets, tea and coffee, chocolates and fresh, locally made apple juice.
 
The main living space is enormous, and has an adjoining dining area with large French windows throughout, overlooking a fabulous garden and terrace patio. There’s a lovely selection of outdoor furniture, including a small gazebo/rotunda at the bottom of the garden, past the extremely large lawns. At the bottom of the garden, a double gate leads to an astonishing shared park area that guests have access to, which includes a very good tennis court, duck ponds, tended gardens, statues, trees, another gazebo and a thick bushland area with walking trails. The gardens are stunning and certainly large enough to host a wedding or large family gathering.
 
Also included in the tariff is a traditional Devonshire tea experience at the Bygone Beautys’ tearooms in nearby Leura, which is an outstanding touch. For an extra cost, you can also order gourmet meals, picnic baskets and BBQ facilities direct to the house. Also provided free to guests is a voucher booklet with all kinds of discounts to local restaurants and attractions.
 
Location
Bronte is 1.5 hours drive from Sydney, between Lawson and Wentworth Falls and around a 15-minute drive to Leura.
 
Suitable for children? Yes
The gated backyard is a paradise for exploring, and the shared park nearby (with tennis courts), presents endless possibilities. Inside the house, there are two sets of stairs dividing the kitchen and living/dining areas, which can be a concern for very young babies or toddlers, but other than that it is ideal for children. In fact, the Bygone Beautys properties have special rates for children, making it very family-friendly.
 
Suitable for pets? Yes
Bronte is extremely pet-friendly, with cats and dogs of all sizes allowed. The gated garden is ideal for pets, as is the shared parkland.
 
Wheelchair access? No
There are steps to the front door and steps down from the kitchen to the living area.
 
Perfect for?
Bronte is easily the most attractive building on the entire street and is set nicely back in huge decorative gardens. It is perfect for families and large groups, as well as romantic weekends. I stayed with my wife, 12 month old son and sister-in-law and the property was perfect for our needs.
 
Why stay longer?
The amazing French windows within the living space – it gave the house such a grand feel and the light was amazing. The lush gardens went on forever and were a pleasure to explore. The tennis court, set in such well-tended and intricate gardens, was one of the loveliest I’ve seen and we made good use of it.
 
This is the perfect location for seeing all of the Blue Mountains, however the property is so good that you’d happily spend all day there, wandering the gardens, playing tennis or sitting in front of the fire.
 
Why you wouldn’t stay longer?
Can’t think of a reason not to stay longer except the demands of real life pulling you back. If you are looking for nightlife, then you’re in the wrong region in the first place, however there are options such as the many restaurants in the area and the Baroque Nightclub at the Carrington Bar on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
Pricing
Standard rate is $310 a night ($390 a night on weekends) with a two-night minimum. Kids under 12 months old are free, one to four years $15 a night, five to 11 years $35 a night, 12 to 15 years $60 a night, 16 and over pay full price. The rates may vary seasonally so check the Bygone Beautys accommodation listing for details.
Bookings:

Make an enquiry for your holiday at Bygone Beautys Cottages - Bronte through TakeABreak and the property operator will get back to you directly to confirm pricing and availability. Visit their listing for more pictures, further information on rates, the availability calendar and guest reviews.

   

About the author
Greg Barton wrote this article

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Comments
  Bygone Beautys is a perfect name for these cottages, it really does look like you are stepping back in time. I like the look of Blue Haze, which is pet-friendly too so we can bring along our little dog.
Posted on Jun 02 2010 at 07:49

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