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Experience the Italian way of life
– good food and great company.

Blue Mountains Accommodation & Italian Cooking Classes

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Sunrise over the Three Sisters and Mount Solitary in the Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba. Photo credit: Filippo Rivetti
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ABOUT

About Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat

Have you noticed how good you feel when you're on holiday? Even a short weekend break leaves you feeling renewed. You go home feeling happy and uplifted as though a weight has been lifted from your mind and body. Even if you did indulge a little – after all, that's what time out is about :)

That's probably due to spending time outdoors going on a bush walk (or window shopping!), stopping to admire the beauty that Nature and the luxury of Time offer you.

Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat sits on a 1600 sqm block with views to the Blue Mountains National Reserve. With a young olive grove recently planted, our "mini vineyard" with different grapes growing plus our fruit and nut trees dotted amongst the gum trees, our focus is on creating a Mediterranean oasis in the heart of Katoomba.

Making it the perfect location for our Italian cooking class experiences.

Run with the help of my sister and my mother, the quintessential Nonna, our classes give an insight into our southern Italian traditions which focus on food and family. My grandparents lived in a small mountainous village in Italy and even though I only got to experience their way of life for a few months as a child, it must have rubbed off on me, along with my father's lifelong connection to the land.


We are replacing the grass with edible ground covers, herbs and flowers which thrill us to see bees coming back. When time permits, we attempt to grow vegetables in beds, framed by fallen tree logs. It's a work in progress that keeps us active and outdoors if a little sore!! Jokes aside, it makes us appreciate our parents' skills and sustainable habits and we love sharing our knowledge.

Our fire pit is a great spot to sit and contemplate, whilst listening to the Kookaburras as the sun sets. During warmer weather, we serve our dessert here at the end of our classes. Seeing our participants swap stories and smile is a great way to spend the day.

Our property also offers self contained accommodation for up to 8 people, yet you don't need to book accommodation to do a cooking class. And you don't need to do a class if you want accommodation. However, you may be interested in a package.

Suitable for small groups and the perfect family accommodation with holiday house essentials and little luxuries – encouraging you to unwind so you focus on time together. It's not too big for couples either. Blue Mountains tourist attractions are all within a 5-10 minute drive and Minni HaHa Falls and Reserve is just down the street.


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GALLERY

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OUR SERVICES

Our Amenities for your Stay

Breakfast & Meals

 

Please use our pantry items (long life milk, cereal, Italian coffee, tea, sugar, salt, oil, vinegar) but don't forget to bring your own fresh food including bread.

Click this link for details on Italian meals we can provide for you during your stay.

Parking

 

On the driveway, or up onto the nature strip in front of our house.
NB: parking on neighbouring properties is very much frowned upon.

Kitchen

 

Crockery, pots and pans, glassware, cutlery etc. Electric oven and cooktop, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee percolator, tea pots for tea lovers, portable electric BBQ
(pls clean the latter after use).

NB: due to Covid 19, some items have been reduced in number but there are enough for each guest.

Free Wifi

 

Log in details are at the house.
But do try to unplug for awhile and enjoy the beautiful surroundings & time together.

Heat & Air Con

 

Reverse cycle air conditioning, a bathroom heat lamp, bedroom heaters & carpet. Plus snuggy throws. We recommend warm pyjamas in winter,  as temperatures drop early mornings. 

Bathroom & Laundry

 

Bath towel, face washer, hand towel, body/hair wash, hand soap, first aid & essentials. Washing machine & sink, laundry powder, clothes basket & pegs. Outdoor clothes line. Indoor airer. Second toilet in laundry.

Linen

 

Bed & bath linen is included in the price. All beds are made for you. 

NB: cot linen is not provided.

Child Friendly

We can provide items for an additional minimal fee – pram, stroller, high chair, cot. Plus a bath tub for them to relax in & a huge backyard to run around in. NB: must be requested on booking. All items are cleaned and disinfected before use.

Entertainment

 

Two wall mounted TVs with internal DVD player. Throws provided to rug up. Coffee table books & magazines. Movies for all ages. Music CDs. Family friendly – games, puzzles & toys for great family bonding. 

NB: due to Covid 19, some items have been reduced in number.

ROOMS

BEDROOMS

With 3 bedrooms and a converted garage, our self contained house is perfect for up to 8 people when you're looking for Blue Mountains Accommodation.

1 Queen bed, 1 Double bed, 2 Singles which may be joined on request (at booking). Plus a gorgeous timber cot for your baby. And a separate living area with double sofa bed in our converted garage.

All linen is included and beds are made for you.

SEE & DO

THINGS TO DO

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, you are advised to call ahead to check all events and venues are open for business.

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Open Gardens

 

Reinvigorate the senses and revive your soul by visiting the many open gardens in Spring and others that are open all year round.  One of the benefits of choosing Blue Mountains accommodation for your next short break.

Italian Cooking Classes

 

Onsite at our place, classes range from hand crafted pasta*, sauces & more. Classes are hands on & include eating what's made in class. Plus a glass or two of wine! We also run Adult and Child classes.

Details
*recognised by Mtns Made

Markets

 

On any weekend of the year in the Blue Mtns you're sure to find a Makers
or Growers market.
Buy unique and fresh and take home a little piece of the area's creatives!
 We also have a range of our homegrown and homemade products to purchase.

Cooking Class Experience
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Leisure Activities

 

Where does one begin?

Browse through antique shops,
stop for a coffee, people watch,
go bushwalking, try a photographic weekend, visit an art gallery
go mushroom foraging 
motorbike riding, star gazing, wine tasting ...

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Events and Festivals

Mar            Equinox Festival of the Senses

Apr-May   Sculpture at Scenic World

Apr-May   Mushroom Foraging
May           Ultratrail

Jul              Yuletide (Xmas in July)

Oct           Leura Village Fair

Nov           Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

TBC          Edible Garden Trail

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Cultural Sites

 

The Blue Mountains in NSW is a World Heritage Listed site due to its unique plants and animals. From waterfalls, caves, valleys and vistas, you will find yourself in constant awe.

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Review

GUEST REVIEW

“The most welcoming gracious hosts. Thank you for all your effort gone into the fine details, exceptional homemade Italian feast and for making my sister's 50th such a memorable family celebration! Thank you!"

Rebecca, February 2021

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