Things to Know
Once you're settled in, Bronwen will leave you to explore, relax, read, swing in the hammock or on the swing, even make nettle soup if you so desire (yes, she's included a recipe in the Guest Book - just don't forget the provided work gloves when you go picking, "Ouch").
Ingredients for breakfast, sheets, blankets, pillows and slips. You could always bring your own pillow or blanky though if it makes you more comfortable. We have lots of cooking utensils, plates, cups etc... There's a small fridge in each space (if you're a large group you might want to bring an esky or something similar). They also have herbs and spices, oil, balsamic, milk, and some basic cooking materials such as flour and sugar.
Each room has dressing gowns and slippers as well as tea and a coffee machine.
There's even firewood, sticks and fire starters ready for your cozy fire. Any questions? Just ask.
WHAT TO BRING
It's always a bit fresh in the mountains - even in summer. We do get one or two really hot days a summer season, but generally, it's a mix. So, bring something warm to wrap up in. We have some basic food items but we would recommend you bring any food items you need to cook with. We might not be far from Sydney but we don't actually have a lot of shops around for any snack foods so bring everything you need. There's an IGA at Kurrajong Heights 15 minutes away as a last stop.
Breakfast yummies are included at the Tomah Retreat to help you create the perfect holiday breakfast. Bronwen will make sure she gets you what you actually enjoy for breakfast. If you're kind to the chooks they might even lay you an egg or two!
Apart from eggs, there's normally muesli, toast, jam, nutella, vegemite, cheese, milk. You can put together whatever you desire.
Bronwen loves to cook, so if you're staying at the Retreat for a number of days she might even surprise you with one of her plant-based delights. Mmmmmmm. Fingers crossed!
ACCOMMODATION Bronwen has three different accommodations with a shared firepit, labyrinth and treehouse:
1. UNWIND (rental 1) : A large, two roomed free-standing shed with a powerful slow-combustion wood heater that can bed 10 people or 2 families with views over the pond and out to the Grose Valley. There is a bathroom with shower, and the handy kitchen offers a fabulous industrial stove with enough utensils to cook up a storm for a very large family. Suited for up to 11 people but is fine for just 2 people if you so desire.
2. BREATHE (rental 2) : A double bed studio attached to the main house with its own bathroom and shower, kitchenette and cooking utensils - you'll be set to enjoy the lovely produce that the Blue Mountains offers. At night, get cozy as you become transfixed by the flames in your own fireplace, then, in the morning, laze in the sunny window seat overlooking the pond while you enjoy your crossword puzzle. Suited for up to 2 people plus a blow-up bed for a small child if required.
3. RELAX (rental 3) : A bright, happy room, attached to the main house, with a queen-sized bed and a glorious outlook over the green garden. The bathroom and kitchen are shared with the main house. With your own fireplace and personal bookshelf you'll never want to leave. Suited for up to 2 people.
Children are welcome at the Tomah Retreat. There is a large pond so your child MUST be able to swim, just in case (I know of another local private BnB that has a gorgeous cottage if you can't find somewhere to stay in the area - just ask). Otherwise, babies are also welcome (as long as they're not toddling around :-)). The kids will love the swing from the great gum tree, the treehouse and hammock chairs, and, of course, the animals. Do make sure your kids understand that animals are our friends and show them how to let an animal sniff your hand before patting - just general animal safety is a great boon for all kids to know in life.
The Tomah Retreat has bees. They're beautiful and buzzy with spectacular honey but if you're allergic we recommend that you don't come and stay with us - just in case. Not that they're wanting to sting us, but in case you tread on one in the grass, for example.
YOU WOULD LIKE TO HOLD A RETREAT HERE?
We'd love to be able to help you hold a retreat at the Tomah Retreat (we do it all the time). Just ask and I will give you the options and prices. But basically you can rent the whole place out (there will be a caretaker on the property) and there is a base fee with an additional cost per person, per day. There is approximately bedding for 15 (includes double beds) and also the option for camping. You will need to get in early however to ensure you can have the whole place to yourself.