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Blue Mountains Business Awards

We’re excited to be nominated for the Blue Mountains People’s Choice Award for 2015.  The Awards are hosted by the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber and have categories celebrating the best businesses in the Blue Mountains.  The People’s Choice Award is the only category which is open to voting so we would REALLY appreciate your support.  You can find the link to vote for us here:

VOTE FOR GLEN ISLA IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS AWARDS 2015 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

You will need to confirm your vote by clicking the link on the email sent to you.

The 10 businesses that receive the most votes will become finalists.  Entries close next week so get busy 🙂

We really appreciate your support!

Thanks!

Amy xx

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Snow in the Blue Mountains does happen occasionally, but not very often.  Although the weather gets quite cold in the Winter, in the 3 years since we’ve owned Glen Isla we had yet to see snow there – until this year!  In July, we woke to the news that Wentworth Falls and the Upper Blue Mountains had been blanketed in snow.  The roads were closed temporarily but reopened by the afternoon so none of our guests’ plans were interrupted.

Our wonderful cleaner managed to get to the house in her 4×4 and was able to get these photographs for us.  The house sure does look beautiful with snow in the garden!

blue mountains snow wentworth falls blue mountains snow wentworth falls blue mountains snow wentworth falls blue mountains snow wentworth falls blue mountains snow wentworth fallsIn other news, our availability for the Summer school holidays is starting to get filled up.  So, if you’d like to make a booking for the busy holiday season, be sure to get in touch!

 

Best wishes!

Amy xx

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We were thrilled to host Foxtel travel show ‘Eat, Play & Stay’ back in March. They featured our segment a couple of weeks ago on their program. If you missed it, be sure to check it out here on YouTube. We’ve had a huge influx of interest after the screening of this segment which has been great.

Blue Mountains accommodation Eat Play Stay

The busy Winter period here in the Blue Mountains is well and truly upon us. The June to August period is by far the most popular time of year for us with our accommodation booking out weeks and sometimes months in advance. There are some great events over the Winter period celebrating the romance of the cooler months, warm fires and toasting marshmallows.

All our weekend dates have now been booked out until September. If you’d like to stay during the school holidays, we only have midweek dates left so please be sure to get in touch with us ASAP to avoid disappointment. We are also starting to receive enquiries and bookings for the Summer holidays so get in early to be able to choose your dates.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

Amy xx

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The Blue Mountains is famous for its’ gorgeous natural beauty, but another big drawcard is the annual Christmas in July Yulefest.  Our Xmas season, although special in its own way, isn’t what most people think of when they think of Christmas.  Being in the hot Australian summer, our traditional holiday season is more about lazy days by the pool or beach, outdoor BBQs, and backyard cricket with the family.  If you’re craving a more northern hemisphere style of Christmas celebration, then the Blue Mountains Yulefest Christmas in July celebrations might just be the ticket.

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The winter months of June, July and August are peak season here in the Blue Mountains.  Many of the local restaurants and establishments hold Christmas celebrations complete with Santa, log fires and if you’re lucky the occasional snow fall.  Last year some of our July guests were fortunate enough to experience some snow while staying at Glen Isla.  A truly spectacular sight.

Here are a list of our pick of the top events on for the Blue Mountains Yulefest 2015:

 

Winter Magic Festival – 20th June 2015

When:  20 Jun 2015
Where: Katoomba

Winter Magic is the Blue Mountain’s highest profile and most anticipated annual event.  During the event, the main street of Katoomba is closed to cars and opened to pedestrians only allowing it to become a performance space.  The streets are lines with market stalls and artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs, stalls and community take over one of Australia’s most famous towns.

More info:  www.wintermagic.com.au

The Goon Show Yulefest 2015

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Sat 27 Jun – Sat 1 Aug 2015
Details:

Every Saturday from June 27th to August 1st, 2015 – AND a special Sunday Afternoon Tea matinee on Sunday 5th July 2015Join us for terrific Yulefest Blue Mountains comedy & a delicious Christmas-in-July dinner at the Hotel Blue in Katoomba.  The Goon Show LIVE! is perfect comedy entertainment, with high energy and snappy one-liners that you will be quoting for months to come.Returning for its third consecutive year, this dinner and show has become the Yulefest Blue Mountains event for everyone who wants a memorable world-class entertainment & dinner experience alternative to the traditional Christmas ‘do’.

Based on original BBC broadcasts starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers & Harry Secombe, the shows include original scripts & unique sound effects engineered especially for you. If you love British comedy, yule LOVE The Goon Show LIVE!

Where:  Hotel Blue in Katoomba
More information:  Call Hotel Blue on  02 4782 6922
Yulefest in Jenolan Caves
When:  4 Jul to 26 Jul 2015Where:  Jenolan Caves

Kids meet Santa inside a cave & grownups enjoy that Christmas feeling.  The Caves also host a special Yulefest menu on Friday and Saturday nights in July which include a glass of wine with each course and a Christmas gift.

More information:  www.jenolancaves.com.au

Our weekend bookings for the Winter Season are going fast so if you’d like to spend Yulefest 2015 in style at Glen Isla, be sure to contact us ASAP!

 

 

Happy New Year Posted January 9, 2015 | Tags: , ,

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Happy New Year to everyone!  We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and the holiday season.  We have been very busy over the past few weeks taking lots of bookings for the coming year.  We often find over the summer holidays, families get together to plan out their big get-togethers for the rest of the year resulting in lots of bookings for us at Glen Isla.  Glen Isla is a very popular venue for family groups coming together to celebrate a special occasion such as a parent’s milestone birthday.  It’s lovely that the house can host so many unforgettable memories for our guests.

Over the break, our next door neighbour’s tree was struck by lightening.  It was apparently a most incredible sight!!  The tree has virtually exploded and the trunk twisted around from the energy of the strike.  Unfortunately it has resulted in lots of debris and branches being strewn in our garden which our wonderful gardener has been working hard to fix.  For the time-being, one corner of the garden has been taped off for our guests safety until the large branches can be cut up and removed from the site.  We are sorry to our guests for the inconvenience.

Our vacancies are filling fast for the reminder of the year so to secure your preferred dates, please do get in touch with us ASAP!

Best wishes for 2015 everyone!

 

Amy x

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Glen Isla was the host of a wonderful photography retreat for a group of photographers last weekend.  As an avid photographer myself I was thrilled to have a request from the amazing Barb Uil to host her JinkyArt workshop at the house last year.  A talented group of women who are just as passionate about photography as I am enjoyed a weekend of learning, chatting, and laughing.  It was fantastic to have the opportunity to watch Barb in action in our beautiful Glen Isla.  We even hosted a little miniature trick pony for some final images in the afternoon.  What a thrill!

Almost all our weekends for the remainder of the year are taken, so if you’d like to enjoy the beauty of Glen Isla, please do get in touch very soon to secure your preferred dates.  At the moment, we do still have availability for New Years Eve although have had quite a few enquiries so do get in quick if you’d like to ring in the new year at our beautiful Blue Mountains property.

We’ve also taken bookings for the peak Winter season 2015, so if you’re planning a Christmas in July celebration, be sure to send us a booking request!

Best wishes to everyone on the lead up to Christmas and the festive season.  Thank you for all your support this year!

Amy xx

 

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Many of our guests come to us seeking family accommodation in the Blue Mountains.  Often it’s for a parent’s milestone birthday, or sometimes it just for an annual get-together of all the extended family.  We love hosting large family groups at Glen Isla.  We’ve received some really lovely feedback and testimonials recently from family and friend groups who have enjoyed staying at Glen Isla.  Here are just a few things that our guests have had to say about staying with us:

 

“My extended family and I recently stayed at Glen Isla in wentworth falls and had a wonderful time. We were 8 adults, 4 children and 2 babies and we fit very comfortably in this gorgeous home. We even had a spare room which nobody used. The house is fitted out with the latest technology, a huge DVD library, an amazingly stocked kitchen for all of your cooking, pool table and seriously comfortable beds. This is our second time booking this great house and we hope to be back again!”  – Nayana, July 2014  (Stayz)

“We had a wonderful stay at Glen Isla, it was very comfortable like home away from home, child friendly & everything we needed was there. A beautiful setting among the pine trees & close to Leura & Katoomba. Would love to stay again.”  – Jan, June 2014 (Stayz)

 

Virtually all our accommodation dates for the Winter months have been booked out.  We have started taking enquiries for Winter next year so if you’d like to experience Glen Isla  and the Blue Mountains in the beautiful winter months, please send us a booking request so you can secure your preferred dates.  We hate disappointing people who we are unable to accommodate at the last minute so be sure to get in early!

Thanks as always to our wonderful guests for your support in making Glen Isla a very special place for accommodation in the Blue Mountains.

Amy xx

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Winter time is the most popular time of the year for the Blue Mountains with Christmas in July & Yulefest celebrations attracting a huge amount of tourists to the Blue Mountains.  Many of our guests at Glen Isla enjoy celebrating Christmas in July by soaking up the beautiful atmosphere in our gardens and then relaxing with friends and family next to the warm fire with a glass of wine. christmas in july blue mountains 2014  Although we do have ducted heating throughout the house, there’s nothing quite like having a nice fire going so we’ve kept our old fireplace in the living room for those chilly winter nights.  You’ll also enjoy snuggling up in our comfy beds with electric blankets.

All of our weekends for the Winter months have now been booked, however we do have availability for mid-week stays so please contact us via the booking form to enquire about availabilities and rates.  If you’re already booked to enjoy Winter with us at Glen Isla, you’ll be glad to hear there are lots of planned local activities for you to enjoy.  Here are just a few:

 

Blue Mountains Christmas in July Events 2014

  • 2 – 30 July – Kids can meet Santa inside Jenolan caves.  Also on Saturday and Wednesday nights throughout July, Chisolm’s restaurant will service festive fare.  Visit www.jenolancaves.org.au for more information
  • 1 Jun – 31st Aug – Explore the Winter Wonderland of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden on a self guided trail.
  • 21st Jun – Winter Magic Festival.  Enjoy a fun festival of local artists, musicians, dancers and dummers.  The theme for the grand parade this year is ‘Phoenix Dreaming’.

 

Whatever you plan to do in the Blue Mountains this Winter, we hope that you enjoy your Christmas in July Yulefest celebrations at Glen Isla!

 

 

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Next month, we will be celebrating a whole year since we purchased Glen Isla and started offering self contained accommodation in the Blue Mountains.  We have been overwhelmed by the support our wonderful guests have given us over the past year and would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has chosen Glen Isla for their Blue Mountains accommodation.  We have recently taken bookings from several of our happy guests who loved staying at Glen Isla so much last year, that they have chosen to stay with us again.

We are constantly striving to make Glen Isla one of the best properties for self contained accommodation in the Blue Mountains.  In light of some of the feedback from our guests last year during winter, we have installed a new ducted air conditioning and heating system through the main part of the house.  This in addition to the wood fire will help keep the house a little bit cozier during the popular Winter in July.

Speaking of Christmas in July in the Blue Mountains, almost all of our weekend dates over the winter months are almost entirely booked out.  If you’re currently considering booking Glen Isla for your self contained accommodation in the Blue Mountains over this popular time of year, we encourage you to book very soon to avoid missing out.  If you’re flexible with your dates, you may also like to consider staying mid-week to avoid the popular weekends.

Thanks again for all your support.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking to book Glen Isla for your self contained accommodation in the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Fires 2013 Posted November 9, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

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As most people will be aware, some parts of the Blue Mountains were affected by fires in October.  These fires caused loss of homes in the lower Blue Mountains areas near Winmalee and Springwood.  However, it is important to note that the Upper Blue Mountains areas that is most frequented by tourists and our guests are completely unaffected by smoke or fires.  Areas impacted by the fires are a good 45 minute drive from Glen Isla and the major tourist destinations such as the Three Sisters, Scenic World, Leura and Wentworth Falls have been unaffected and continue to operate as per normal.

While here at Glen Isla, we’ve been fortunate enough not to be affected by cancellations, many businesses in the area experiencing a significant downturn.  Tourism is the major industry in the area, so it is important that people continue to visit the Blue Mountains to keep our community alive.  So please, while you’re visiting our beautiful area and staying here at Glen Isla, please remember to support our locally run businesses.  The Blue Mountains is very much open for business and remains a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit.

Find out more information about staying at our beautiful Blue Mountains Accommodation in Wentworth Falls.