“Classic heritage-style retreat for lovers of fine dining and relaxation, set in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains 90 minutes west of Sydney”
All rooms are decked out in elegant Victorian style (think canopied beds and pretty florals), combined with five-star comforts like crisp sheets, feather down duvets, thick fluffy towels and wonderfully spacious marble bathrooms. They're arranged across the ground floor and over the top two floors - all have been recently refurbished.
Most Deluxe Rooms overlook the English style gardens. These have rich, sumptuous fabrics and wall coverings. The marble ensuite bathrooms have deep bathtubs.
Return guests usually request the more expensive Deluxe King Valley View Rooms for the breath-taking vistas across Jamison Valley. These are individually decorated with marble bathrooms and plush towelling bathrobes.
Lilianfels is known for the fine cuisine at upscale Darley’s Restaurant with Sydneysiders regularly making the 1½ hour trek for Sunday lunch. Overnight guests can take their time over a degustation dinner or go a la carte in the original homestead of Sir Frederick Darley, that now overlooks the rose garden and outdoor swimming pool.
The cuisine - modern Australian with a French influence - is in the award-winning hands of executive chef Hugh Whitehouse, who earned a "chef's hat" in the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide two years in a row (2006 and 2007), and for five consecutive years before that at his restaurant Milsons in Sydney’s Kirribilli. The seasonal menu offers a variety of choices, but may include delights such as premium rock oysters with champagne vinegar sorbet, followed by mandagery creek venison - rare roasted, celeriac cream, salsify, horseradish jus.
It’s all very olde worlde with stained glass, open fires and superb balcony views over the Blue Mountains. Ingredients are organic where possible and dishes are traditionally slow cooked. Fresh seafood and Australian beef and lamb feature on the menu, with locally produced cheeses and an impressive international wine list. Book at least a week ahead.
More casual dining is available at Tre Sorelle (Three Sisters in Italian after the neighbouring rock formations, but soon to be relaunched as The Grill), where the surroundings are Italian bistro in style: ceramic floor tiles, textured wooden chairs and colourful red and blue clothed table tops. Think gnocchi, think olive oil, think fresh herbs and hearty country comfort food.
The lounge area offers high tea daily; there's also a mahogany bar serving cocktails and other alcoholic drinks. House guests have access to 24-hour room service.
Children of all ages are welcome, though it's really more suited for older, well-behaved kids. Besides the hotel pool and billiard table, they will love the mountains and their family-orientated attractions (including Scenic World).
There are no family rooms as such, but families of 4 can request two interconnecting Deluxe rooms (one double and one twin).
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking