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Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

"I think we are off the grid, like seriously off the grid," says Mr NQN. He looks around at our remote cabin in the woods and smiles. If anyone appreciates a bit of solitude it's my introverted husband especially on his birthday.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

The Love Cabins are a collection of half a dozen or so cabins situated in the Bilpin and Berambing area of the Blue Mountains. They range from a treehouse to caves to cabins like these. The Wollemi Cabin isn't on the map and we follow signs to get here circling a lagoon and arriving at the cabin.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

The cabin is unlocked and I feel a little like Goldilocks opening up the bear's cabin door when I enter. I've always been fascinated by the idea of staying in a log cabin having seen them on countless tv shows and movies. The Wollemi Cabin is a timber slab cabin that opens up to a kitchen, living and dining area. Large glass sliding windows frame a gorgeous view of the Wollemi National Park spread out below.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

It is so private that the first thing that they tell guests in the compendium is that they can sit by the fire naked and only the native wildlife will witness it.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

There's a kitchen with a microwave, oven, cooktop and a fridge freezer. These are all empty and you do need to bring all your provisions with you.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

There are two queen bedrooms, one of the bottom level and one on a loft level. The latter upstairs bedroom requires a bit of dexterity as the ladder is steep with large spaced rungs.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

The bathroom has a bathtub shower spa bath combo and a compost toilet which isn't as confronting as it sounds. It's just a little odd not flushing a toilet but it is well maintained.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

It feels a bit chilly so we tend to our first task: the fire. The fireplace is the only heat source for the whole cabin so you will need someone who can build and maintain a roaring fire, otherwise during winter months it will be very cold.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

Mr NQN and I have a deal. I keep him well fed and in return he makes sure I'm always warm. He sets about with his first task: making a fire in the fireplace. He spends the next few hours tending to the fire and making sure that it progresses to a roaring one.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

Entertainment wise, there is a television and books available. There is no wifi and internet flicks from 1 bar 3G to 1 bar 4G if you're lucky. Because of COVID-19 there is no towel service so you'll have to bring those along with all toiletries and food and drinks as only salt, pepper, tea bags and oil are provided.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

Speaking of food, at 6pm a car arrives. As the cabins are so remote and the nearest place to get food at night is probably an hour's drive away, guests can choose in-cabin catering. Caroline, a local caterer at Come By Chance has arrived with our selection for dinner: osso bucco with citrus and mint gremolata, couscous, carrots and broccoli. On the side are home made rolls and butter. She also brings warmed plates. It's a substantial sized portion and satisfying.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

For dessert I pre-ordered apple pie because it is Mr NQN's favourite dessert and it is his birthday after all. The apple pies have a fantastic short crust and plenty of apple slices. They come with scoops of vanilla ice cream. We sit by the fire eating our apple pies.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

The next morning Caroline arrives with our freshly made breakfast. It's a plate of ricotta and citrus pancakes and yogurt with fresh fruit.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

Ricotta and Citrus Pancakes With Strawberry Smoothie

My choice is the savoury one with avocado toast on slices of crunchy sourdough bread. One half has bacon and a poached egg on top while the other has basil pesto and feta cheese.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

Avocado Toast With Mango Smoothie

Another morning we try the baked pita bread cup filled with caramelised onion, roasted tomatoes, maple double smoked ham, basil leaves and baby spinach. These are hearty, country sized breakfasts and could conceivably take us through to dinner (especially if your only task is to potter around the cabin).

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

Filled Pita Bread Cups

All of the breakfasts are very tasty but my favourite breakfast of hers is the fantastic Croque Madame on sourdough bread, poached egg, Mersey Valley Vintage cheese bechamel, double smoked ham and dijon mustard.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

Croque Madame

Coffee wise, she brings plunger coffee and teabag tea but you can also avail yourself of the strawberry or mango smoothies which are both very good.

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

One of the special treats is an in-cabin massage. Massage therapist Gina will set up her massage table in front of the fireplace so that you remain snug and warm during the massage.

Gina has been doing massage for 40 years and practises a combination of shiatsu and Swedish massage. She also spends a lot of time on areas that I asked her to like my head and hands. I drift off at times, only to wake up and startle myself to realise that my only plan that afternoon is a nap on the couch.

So tell me Dear Reader, what is your idea of a perfect birthday? Do you like solitude or are you more of a social person?

Love Cabins, Wollemi Cabin Blue Mountains Accommodation

NQN and Mr NQN stayed as guests of Destination NSW but all opinions remain her own.

Wollemi Cabin

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In cabin dining:
Dinner $189 for 2 courses and wine/beverages x 2 people. Breakfast $74.50 for 1 course and beverages x 2 people