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.
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!
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.
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
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
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!
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 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!
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.
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
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.
Guests to our beautiful Blue Mountains self contained accommodation at Glen Isla always remark on our half acre of private gardens. We love our beautiful cottage garden with many of our plants estimated to be at least 70 years old. Our wonderful gardener Will helps to keep it in tip top shape. He absolutely loves working on the garden and keeping it beautiful for our guests to Glen Isla. Some of our plants are very old indeed and he often points out something new he has found in the garden. At the moment, our blooms are starting to come out. Our recent guests will no doubt have smelt the beautiful Daphne plant which smells so beautiful near our side entrance.
Last week Will and some friends of his climbed some of our large trees on the property to trim some dead branches and let in some more light. Here are some shots of them hard at work!
We’ve received some truly lovely reviews from our recent guests to the house. It is such a pleasure to hear that people have enjoyed staying at Glen Isla. Here are just a couple of our reviews from this month:
“We had an amazing stay at Glen Isla. The property is exquisite and had everything that 3 families needed to keep us comfortable and well entertained. Kitchen has every appliance imaginable and the gardens are beautiful. The owners were only ever a phone call away. We would definitely stay again.”
– Gaby & Steve, August 2013
“Our group of friends stayed at Glen Isla to celebrate Christmas in July. We totally loved our stay. The house itself is beautiful and is really well equipped like a home away from home. My girl friends loved the Kitchenaid mixer and the full sized oven. We baked yummy things and sat by the fireplace in the evening enjoying a game of Trivial Pursuit. The beds are very comfortable and we were all kept toasty with the electric blankets. Glen Isla was fantastic and we highly recommend it.”
– Kara, August 2013
If you’re considering booking Glen Isla for your next Blue Mountains escape, please remember to check our up to date availability calendar for upcoming free dates. Lots of our weekends from now until the end of the year are booked so please get in quick to secure your Blue Mountains accommodation at Glen Isla!
Very best wishes to everyone and thank you for the continued support.
We’ve had an incredibly busy winter season this year at Glen Isla. It has been a real pleasure to have so many wonderful groups of friends and families stay at the house and we’ve received some truly lovely feedback.
In some house news, our clever gardener Will has installed our very own outdoor fire pit in the back garden. It’s the perfect place to sit outside and toast some marshmallows with the kids. We’re looking forward to enjoying it with our own daughter too!
In some sad news, Sydney IT worker Gary Tweddle (23) went missing from the nearby Fairmont Resort in Leura in the early hours of June 16. Gary was known to us personally through his work and we are shocked and saddened by the news that he remains missing despite huge efforts from local volunteers and police. We send our thoughts to his girlfriend Anika and all his friends and family and hope that he is found safely. I encourage everyone to visit the Facebook page set up by his family, and to contact police if you have any information.
Glen Isla is the perfect place for self contained family accommdoation in the Blue Mountains. With 6 large bedrooms, 5 of which having Queen sized beds and one with 4 single beds, historic Glen Isla is well equipped to accommodate large family groups or gatherings.
Glen Isla is one of the few homes in the Blue Mountains which is able to accommodate up to 14 guests comfortably which is why we have been so popular for family get-togethers, girls weekends away, and birthday celebrations.
We love being able to share beautiful Glen Isla and one of Australia’s most beautiful locations – the Blue Mountains – with our guests. We have received some really lovely reviews from our recent guests which we really appreciate.
Winter has been extremely busy in the Blue Mountains again this year, with many of our guests celebrating Christmas in July in style with roast ham, turkey and of course wine! Our toasty fire has been keeping our guests warm and cozy through the winter months.
To find out more about our beautiful Blue Mountains Family Accommodation feel free to contact us to make a booking!
The world famous Blue Mountains brings tourists from all over the world to Australia to marvel at their beauty. A common question from visitors (and locals alike!) is: Why are the Blue Mountains blue? When looking at the Mountains from a distance, they appear blue and take on a strong blue haze. This has baffled visitors since Europeans first settled in Sydney in the late 1700s.
So… why are the Blue Mountains blue?
The Blue Mountains are densely covered by Eucalyptus trees which release fine droplets of oil into the atmosphere. When combined with dust particles and water vapour, the Eucalyptus oil droplets scatter short wavelength rays of light which are mainly blue in colour. This is an optical phenomenon which is called “Rayleigh scattering”.
Blue Mountains Accommodation
Come and see the beautiful Blue Mountains and this amazing phenomenon with your own eyes. Book a stay at historic Glen Isla Blue Mountains Accommodation