Things to Know
Once you're settled in, Bronwen will leave you to explore, relax, read, swing in the hammock or on the tree swing. Here's a map for you to see where you are in relation to the property. You'll also receive a copy of this map 2 days before you arrive by email, with some other bits of useful information.
Ingredients for your creat-your-own 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 plates, cups etc... There's a small fridge, microwave and hot plate in each space. 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 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, vegemite, cheese, milk, sourdough bread and croissants. You can put together whatever you desire.
Bronwen has three different accommodations with a shared firepit, labyrinth and treehouse:
1. CHILL (rental 1): A king bed studio attached to the main house with its own entrance, kitchenette, fireplace and clawfoot bath/shower. This boudoir is a great room to relax in, and to enjoy the pleasure of your own gorgeous fireplace. Suited for up to 2 people.
2. BREATHE (rental 2) : A king bed studio attached to the main house with its own entrance and bathroom and shower, and kitchenette - 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 its own entrance, a queen-sized bed and a glorious outlook over the green garden and kitchenette. 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. Never chase any of the animals at the retreat as that is not good practice and the animals are free-roaming.
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.
There is no public transport in the area. However, there is a local concierge who will drop you off and pick you up locally. His name is Aaron and his mobile is 0474 446 147.
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). There is approximately bedding for 6 adults and also the option for 3 double fold-out beds plus camping. You will need to get in early however to ensure you can have the whole place to yourself.