Blue Mountains Accommodation – Historic ‘Glen Isla’
Glen Isla was built in around 1885 by Captain James Somerfield Murray – a key figure in Wentworth Falls over 100 years ago. Murray was a captain of ships which sailed between Britain and Australia. He was also the leader of a small team known as the ‘Irish Brigade’ who worked for two years to construct the National Pass – a spectacular bushwalking track completed in 1908 that descends down a 90 metre cliff face to the middle tier of Wentworth Falls. Captain Murray lowered himself over the ledge in a bosun’s chair to survey and assess the cliff. The Brigade completed the work using dynamite, picks and shovels.
Captain Murray married Elizabeth Lilla Murray (pictured) in 1884. Elizabeth came to Australia in 1882 on a P&O ship commanded by Captain Murray. In that same year she was appointed the first matron of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She continued as matron until 1886. Captain & Mrs Murray acquired property in Wentworth Falls during the 1880s and built several houses both for themselves and for letting. ‘Glen Isla’ was one of these letting houses and was built in circa. 1886. It shared an original timber laundry building with another Murray letting cottage next door – ‘St Cyrus’. This laundry building still exists on the property (the locked timber shed in the northern corner of the property).
Over the years, the original house fell into a state of disrepair. In the late 1980s, a previous owner bought and painstakingly restored Glen Isla and the grounds over a number of years. The original cottage was extended to include the additional main bedroom, en-suite, loft and garage in the early 1990s. The house has been beautifully restored and furnished to offer couples and families visiting the Mountains with beautiful accommodation in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains. We are sure that you’ll enjoy your stay with us and will want to return to Glen Isla again and again.