We were looking for a 2-bedroom holiday cottage so we could do what our guests do......you know the kind of thing, take a short break and recharge the batteries and enjoy the beautiful bushwalks in the Blue Mountains, but along came the oldest surviving guest house in Katoomba with 9 bedrooms and we were smitten!
Restoring Kurrara to its former glory has been a labour of love for us both, and a sensitive approach to refurbishing the building while keeping a sense of history was called for (Kurrara opened for business in 1902 as a guest house). The house was like Steptoe's house - 'the rag & bone man', remember that TV show? full of junk, bar a few good antiques. Our nature strip became our dumping ground of unwanted furniture, all of which was seized for upcycling by the local community. But today the junk has been replaced with genuine antiques and beautiful textiles.
Not for the faint-hearted is running a guest house, it's a 24/7 job, and we joke that the only way that owners can take a holiday is to sell up and retire, and in our 5 years of operation we have watched the demise of many around us. It's hard work that's for sure, but it's rewarding just the same, and you get to make many new friends along the way, who return year after year. We are fortunate to live in the middle of a world heritage national park, the Blue Mountains is an amazing place, and there is so much to see and do.
Maybe one day we will get out to enjoy one of those beautiful bushwalks!