Old Leura Dairy
Property Locality: Leura, BLUE MOUNTAINS
Type of Property: Six self-contained retreats
Number of Bedrooms: various: 1-5 bedroom lodges
Number of Bathrooms: various: 1-3
Maximum Persons: 11 in large cottage
Children: suitable for children
Rates (per couple per night)
Price Range: from $175 to $350
Weekend: $280 per couple per night
Midweek: $175 per couple per night
Please note: Rates are considerably lower for larger groups (from 4-11) and for longer stays. Please enquire.
Gourmet Breakfast: $23 per person
Rates are inclusive of GST and are subject to change without notice.
The Straw Bale House - sleeps 11
5 bedrooms each with a king size bed or 2 single beds, 3 bathrooms.
The Studio - sleeps 2
Cute, quaint and cosy. 1 room with a king size bed or 2 single beds, an ensuite bathroom with claw foot bath, and a kitchenette and gas BBQ
The Worker’s Cottage - sleeps 6
3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. 2 king size beds which can be split into 2 single beds and 1 double bed.
The Milking Shed - sleeps 4
Retaining the quirks and characters of its chequered history it was a labour of love. – 1 hayloft bedroom with king size bed or 2 singles and 2 singles downstairs.
Moo Manor - sleeps 4
2 bedrooms with king beds or 2 single beds, 2 ½ bathrooms, large open plan living area with full kitchen, TV, DVD, CD player, slow combustion fire and sunny covered deck.
Buttercup Barn - sleeps 2
Loft bedroom with a king bed or 2 single beds, an ensuite bathroom with claw foot bath, slow combustion fire, tea, coffee and toast making facilities, TV, DVD, video, sound system.
- recycling of building materials - We have resurrected all manner of things from structural materials (about 8,500 metres of timber), old fence palings, all the doors and windows to rusty old cast iron tubs and ancient cream urns.
- passive solar design of The Straw Bale House ensures minimal use of our precious resources due to the huge insulation value (approximately R43) of the straw bale walls, and design features that maximize collection of heat in the winter and minimise heat ingress in the summer.
-the aspect of the buildings allow the sun’s warming rays to enter the house in winter, heating the thermal mass of the tile floors and mud brick walls. This heat is, in turn, released back into the room at night and so a more constant ambient temperature is maintained.
- the mud brick walls also collect the heat generated by the fireplaces.
- the central cooling tower has the function of both beauty and creating an airflow channel within the house. The hot summer air rises up the tower and out the open vents while drawing air in from the cooler southern side of the house.
- all storm water from the roofs is channelled into gravel pits and returns to the water table instead of running off into gutters.
- the garden features natives which have been planted to stabilize the soil, as well as drought tolerance, food sources and growth cycles that ensure continuity of life and provide shelter for insects, birds and animals
- we stock only recycled toilet paper,
- organic aloe vera soap, and
- environmentally friendly “detergents” in our properties. In cleaning our properties we use colloidal cleaning products – the most friendly cleaning products available.
- We encourage our guests to recycle where possible, and to use our compost bags for their fruit and vegetable scraps so we can feed our earth!
We have created an environment that is healthier for our world. As importantly we believe we have created an environment that is healing for our souls.
Host: Shaina Gliener and Michael Hennessy
Address: 61 Kings Road, Leura 2780 NSW
environmentally friendly accommodation, ecotourism, green travel