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The Blue Mountains in New South Wales is one of the most visited places in Australia, yet many visitors only go for a day tour to see the usual hot spots including the Three Sisters and Scenic World. As a result, many visitors fail to realise the depth of culture, natural heritage and history that have earned the Greater Blue Mountains its UNESCO World Heritage status.

Blue Mountains - Mountain Whispers

An external view of the luxurious Varenna.

With so much to see and do beyond the usual tourist traps, any visit to the Blue Mountains should include overnight stays to allow more time to properly take in the surrounds. Take Leura Village as an example. While it is only a mere twenty minutes’ drive away from Echo Point, the famous look-out where hordes of tourists rush off their tour buses like cattle to view the Three Sisters and take happy snaps, very few tourists know about this quaint little village.

Lined with boutique and quirky shops, galleries, fine dining restaurants and more, the garden village boasts a tight-knit community of just over 4,400 residents who work in harmony to maintain the vibrancy of the region. Whether it be summer, autumn, winter or spring, there is always something happening at Leura Village.

Steeped in history and with the themes of romance lingering in the mountains, a great way to indulge in the setting, while escaping into a bygone era, is to stay at a property that represents all of that and so much more.

The 4.5 star rated Mountain Whispers is a boutique collection of four self-contained luxury properties (Varenna, Leura Rose, Strawberry Patch and The Gatsby), all of which have been lovingly restored back to their former glories by owner and historic restorer, Lorraine Allanson. The collection reflects the very essence of the Blue Mountains. It’s luxurious, it’s romantic and above all, it’s comfortable.

Blue Mountains - Mountain Whispers

A room in the The Gatsby, one of four self-contained Mountain Whispers luxury properties.

While each historic house features period furniture of its time, modern facilities ensure comfort levels are maintained for luxury seekers of today. Guests will discover that Mountain Whispers offers the full luxury indulgence package that not only includes total privacy and exclusive use of the properties, personalised in-house services (such as an in-house chef or masseuse) and decadent extras, but more importantly, great value for money that savvy travellers of today appreciate.

Although the properties are able to accommodate between four and six guests, couples who book their stay at any of property will enjoy the entire place to themselves for the entire duration of their stay and at the price of just the one room. More and more, exclusivity is as important as the luxury of space as that is something not obtainable at traditional hotels. Guests may have the privacy of their own rooms, but they will still sharing all the other common areas with other guests.

And to top that, every booking includes a complimentary bottle of boutique wine from Orange, port, hand-crafted chocolates by award winning Josophan’s of Leura, a gourmet breakfast and fresh flowers. It really doesn’t get any better than this. For more information, visit

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