Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The French Shoppe in Leura

Christmas shopping is a breeze at The French Shoppe in Leura ♥ Their exquisite products are sourced and imported directly from France ~ Traditional soaps from Marseille, Luxurious Bath products, Room Diffusers, Fine Perfumes, French Gifts, Handmade Bijoux Jewellery, exquisite Parisienne Umbrellas and deliciously scented Candles. A beautiful one stop Christmas shop that will make looking for presents a pleasure ♥

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Blackheath in Spring time

Photographs hardly justify the beauty. Seeing these flowers in full bloom overwhelms the senses. <3 There's nothing quite as beautiful as Blackheath in the spring <3

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Visit The Megalong Valley Tearooms

Just a short drive out of Blackheath, down the winding road through the rainforest of The Megalong Valley you will arrive at the 50-year-family-owned Megalong Valley Tearooms. Nestled in a rural oasis beneath stunning sandstone escarpment, it is renowned for its Devonshire tea, home-made apple pies (my favourite!), delicious home-style cooking and good old fashioned country hospitality. It’s a must see/do while visiting Blackheath.
Smell that country air as you enjoy a superb home-cooked country breakfast of free range eggs, crispy bacon, mushrooms, home-grown tomatoes and their own recipe of home-made baked beans in the sprawling garden setting while horses and kangaroos graze in the open paddocks. On cooler days you can nestle into the warm cosy dining room beside the log fire and enjoy the real feel of old style country dining. Highly recommended  <3
Visit www.megalongtearooms.com/menu.php to view their menu and click on the History tab to read about how the Megalong Tearooms came to be.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Blue Mountains Mystery Tours

Blue Mountains Mystery Tours offer spine chilling GHOST TOURS that take you behind the beautiful landscape and into some dark history with access to unique and secret locations. Explore haunted sites where ghosts, myths & legends are believed to reside. Visit:
·         Historic wells
·         The ghost of Mt Vic past (Lady in Black)
·         Abandoned cemetery
·         Convict graves
·         Convict stockade
·         Mystery sights
Come prepared ~ sturdy footwear (no thongs, high heels or sandals), warm jacket, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, umbrella, camera/film & torch.
Tours operate Friday and Saturday nights ~  4 to 5 hours. Minimum numbers: four people
For more information http://www.bluemountainsmysterytours.com.au/
Book a date with Blue Mountains Mystery tours ~ WE DARE YOU ~ Mwahahaha!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Everything’s Apples at Logan Brae Orchards, Shipley Plateau, Blue Mountains

Ever eaten apples picked straight from the orchard? Crisp, juicy apples that are firm and fresh ~ the way good apples are supposed to be!  From Jonathans to Lady Williams, Delicious to Bonzas, the harvest is in by third generation farmer, Graham Jackson.
The freshly crushed Apple Juice is also a revelation. It’s pure, preservative free, almost clear in colour and so deliciously good! So why not drop by and stock up on Logan Brae apples, Logan Brae apple juice, delicious Apple Jelly Jam and Apple Blossom Honey ~ It’s the freshest that fresh can be <3 An apple a day ... :D 
Logan Brae Orchard
139 Shipley Road, Shipley Plateau
(via Blackheath) NSW 2785 Australia
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

In a Quaint Country Village ...

... There are many treasures to find ...

How pretty and authentic to serve ice cream in Coney Island cups! Just one sample of the many thousands of treasures to be found within the world of Rick Rutherford's Country, at Lawson ♥ A shop I love to get lost in ♥

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Soy Wax Candles from The Hartley Home

At Brantwood Cottage we use 100% soy wax candles hand poured in The Hartley Home. These elegant candles come in a variety of subtle, delicate scents:
Velvet Pear, Vanilla Bean, Berry Patch, Pocket Posy, Oriental Zest, Rambling Rose, Gardenia, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Winter Night and Pink Peony
Soy’s greatest advantage is that it is completely renewable. A well-made soy candle will burn cleanly and slowly (up to 70 hours). While the performance and beauty of soy candles speak for themselves, soy wax is truly an eco-friendly, biodegradable and sustainable product.
Orders may be placed via Email thehartleyhome@gmail.com or by phoning Rebecca on 0433 455 400 or Cailin on 0410 469 726. Candles can be shipped anywhere within Australia. Please ask about their gift wrapping service.
Candle jars by The Hartley Home are reasonably priced at $15.00 each or three for $40.00. They are beautifully presented in a square glass jar with lid, and adorned with attractive ribbon. 

These candles have left a lasting impression with our guests ~ a treat to have lit and lined along the tub while taking an indulgent, relaxing soak. My love currently lies with Velvet Pear, but Vanilla is sounding very tempting J
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Enjoy shopping at Château La Belle

Chateau La Belle, at Govetts Leap Rd Blackheath, showcases beautiful French inspired home wares, furniture, lighting, clocks and gifts in a store that is a pleasure to visit.
Our gorgeous French Clock from Chateau La Belle <3
Their range of products combine good quality, moderately priced everyday products with stunning, high quality French and European ranges; Gien tableware, Jean Dubost cutlery, Terre d'Hautaniboul lighting from France; Il Fanale and Favel lighting from Italy; Savoy House lighting from Spain  -  only a few examples. They also have a range of delicate room sprays which we use when preparing Brantwood for new guests. Pop in for a visit while visiting Blackheath <3
 Au Revoir J

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sydney Morning Herald Travellers Section REVIEW :)

A very special Thank You today to Angie Schiavone, Travel Writer for SMH. Angie and her party stayed at Brantwood in June and she has written this brilliant piece on Brantwood Cottage. We are ever so grateful for her kind words; the way she has so beautiful captured the essence of Brantwood. Makes us feel very proud - and makes it all the more rewarding for the work we put into the cottage. Angie also made mention of some local businesses, cafes, restaurants and attractions - a real rap for the Upper Blue Mountains.

Angie's Verdict The home away from home you've always wanted.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/holiday-type/weekends-away/finding-happiness-within-20110720-1ho8a.html#ixzz1Sv4cAGvv 
Definitely a happy day in The Heath today :D

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Short Walks - Leura Cascades

If you’re spending time in Leura on a misty, drizzly morn, take a short walk down to Leura Cascades.
Even if you’re not up for a bushwalk, you can still see the Cascades from the picnic area near Chelmsford Bridge. Leura Cascades consist of two parts – the lower Cascades being more spectacular.  It’s like walking under a rainforest canopy – the plant species range from tall Eucalyptus to an abundance of tree ferns, mosses and lichens. It's an experience that will stay in your musemory forever.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Enchanté from Brantwood

At Brantwood you’ll experience a touch of French Country. The style is relaxed yet elegant, with colour schemes that are easy on the eye.
The French country bedroom is open, light and airy, creating a restful haven that is harmonious and romantic.French country bedrooms are characterised by their freshness and simplicity. The French love individuality, beauty and comfort, and have their own way of interpreting style. Its mode may be simple but that doesn't mean it will be short on luxury.
Every component is carefully chosen, mixing old with new, intricate with simple, all in perfect harmony. It’s a softer, more feminine approach to home decorating and one we’re sure you’ll enjoy while staying at Brantwood.

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Day Tripping in the Heath

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Popped in at the Lotus Temple today, a shop that has an ambiance like no other. Incense wafting, the sounds of the rainforest playing in the background, and an abundance of unique items for purchase. 
For all things Spiritual, Crystal, Cloth, Esoteric or New Age, visit Lotus Temple, 38 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath - and experience a journey into the Far East <3

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Winter winds cause chaos in Blackheath

Poor old Blackheath copped a battering this week with winds reaching up to 140kmph. By the grace of God nobody was hurt. Brantwood was spared, thankfully, but some other places weren't so fortunate. Towering pines and ghost gums fell, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The Firies, SES, Endeavour Energy and local volunteers have been working tirelessly. Such a brave community, all pulling together, resilient, helpful and courageous - all of them, heroes.

Winds are still gusting today between 40 and 80kmph in the Upper Blue. It'll remain that way into the night. Endeavour Energy last night announced that 7000 homes would remain without power this morning with the restoration effort resuming today. There may be intermittent highway closures throughout the day as the clean-up continues.

Power has been restored to the centre of Blackheath - so shops, cafes and restaurants are up and running. This is encouraging news for the community. It may be romantic to spend a night or two by candlelight and a roaring log fire, but no central heating, no functioning kitchen and no hot water is far from fun in these chilly conditions.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Yulefest 2011 is here!

It's Yulefest in the Blue Mountains. Experience the warm hospitality of Brantwood Cottage, where we capture the atmosphere of a true winter Christmas - a decorated tree, wine, cheese, crackers and chocolates - to enjoy by the roaring log fire. Brantwood will be decorated until the end of August, so book now for your winter escape. The Blue Mountains truly is a Winter Wonderland, and at Blackheath we may even get some (more) snow!

Snow - 21 June 2011

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Winter Wonderland Special - Book now! 10% Off 3-5 June 2011 + More!

Don't miss a moment of winter - Book Brantwood this first winter weekend and receive a complimentary breakfast for your first morning plus 10% off our usual tariffs.

Seal yourselves off from the rest of the world, cocoon yourselves in the comfort of Brantwood. A burning log fire, a glass of red, a little chocolate, and you'll be taken back to a time when you first fell in love. Enjoy the romance, indulge and spoil one another.

Pack a small suitcase and come up for air. Be swept away by the French-inspired furnishings, luxury linens, the surrounding local galleries, restaurants and antique shops in the picturesque village of Blackheath.
Brantwood Cottage - your home away from home

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Book your Yulefest Getaway now!

The colours of autumn are at their finest, the leaves gently swaying as they fall, carpeting the lawns and walkways - which can only mean the magic of Yulefest is near! 

It’s the most wonderful time of year to experience the warm hospitality of Brantwood Cottage. At AAA Rated 4.5 Star Brantwood, we capture the atmosphere of a true winter Christmas - a decorated tree, delicious fruit cake, wine, cheese and crackers, and delicious Lindt chocolates. 

Snuggle up on our comfy new couches and enjoy Yulefest treats while relaxing by the roaring log fire. With central heating and beautiful French country furnishings throughout, Brantwood is perfectly cosy accommodation for couples, families, or a weekend with friends - and at Blackheath we may even get some snow! 

See why our guests have made Brantwood Cottage their home away from home.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Welcome to Brantwood Cottage

Brantwood is an exquisite holiday cottage, nestled in the heart of Blackheath. Relax and unwind in boutique accommodation and discover why Brantwood has become home away from home to many of our return guests. Just minutes from cafes, lookouts, resturants and shopping, it's the perfect base for your Blue Mountains experience.

Fourteen Reasons to Fall in love:

Generous breakfast provisions for your first morning;
Ample supply of tea and coffee varieties;
Quality linen, towels and toiletries;
Cosy Log Fire and RC Central Heating;
Electric blankets, fluffy doonas and quality cotton sheeting;
Airconditioning for the warm summer months; 
New gourmet kitchen with Smeg appliances;
New Victorian style bathroom with walk-in shower;
Second separate indoor toilet;
Sunny north facing front verandah with furniture;
Rear deck with gas BBQ - perfect for alfresco dining;
Austar pay TV; Iphone Docking Station;
Lock up garage; and
Books, magazines, DVDs, CDs & fluffy toys for the kids.

To secure a booking, please don't hesitate to contact us direct on
(M) 0405 187297 (Tanya); or (M) 0404 479411 (John) 
For more information, Please visit our Website