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

Blue Mountains Accommodation & Italian Cooking Classes

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

About Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat

Now more than ever, we are feeling the need to be in tune with each other and with Nature. Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat sits on 1000 sqm block with views to the Blue Mountains National Reserve and Minni HaHa Falls and Reserve is just down the street. Our property is a self contained relaxing space for 8 people with a peaceful aspect where you will experience that 'ahhh' moment instantly. Yet Blue Mountains tourist attractions are all within a 5-10 minute drive.
 
Presentation and cleanliness is everything to us (well before Covid-19). Our attention to detail could possibly be borderline obsessive – if you consider polishing all the taps til they gleam or lining up the coffee cups so the handles face the same way obsessive. I just call it thorough.

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.

Consider adding one of our hands on Italian cooking class experiences to your stay where everyone takes part. Run with the help of my mother, the quintessential Nonna, our classes give an insight into our southern Italian traditions which focus on food and family.
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Gallery

Grose Valley lookout, Fifth Ave Kat
Grose Valley lookout, Fifth Ave Kat

Govetts Leap Lookout at sunrise, worth the early rise and only 15 minute drive away. Tip: turn the combustion stove on before you go, and come home to a toasty warm house, ready for your coffee!

Blue Mtns Accomm queen bedroom
Blue Mtns Accomm queen bedroom

Weekend getaway Blue Mtns Katoomba accommodation, perfect for families, small groups and couples.

Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat looking pretty at dusk. Rob Walsh Photography 2013

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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

 

Just a flick of the button & you have all the romance of a log fire, without having to work out how to light one!  Plus reverse cycle air conditioning, a bathroom heat lamp, bedroom heaters & carpet.

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 in closet for great family bonding. 

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

 

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.

 

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!

 
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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

 

Jan               Leura Shakespeare Festival

Feb             Roaring 20s Festival

Mar            BM Music Festival

Apr-May   Sculpture at Scenic World

Jun             Winter Magic Festival

Jul              Yuletide (Xmas in July)

Aug            Writers Festival

Sep            Mid Mtns Garden Festival

Oct           Leura Village Festival

Nov           Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

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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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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