04.03.2018 – The Everglades, Leura

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“The Everglades” at Leura in the Blue Mountains is the former 1923 home of Georgina Stonier who named it.  Mr and Mrs Van de Veldes took ownership in 1930 and employed landscape gardener Paul Sorensen to produce Australia’s most spectacular inter-war period gardens.

The Everglades’ Tea Rooms are within the Art Deco home which can be explored also. The “His” and “Hers” bathrooms a bit ‘over the top’!

Views of the gardens from the home and from look-outs across the mountains are beautiful.  The above photo is take at “The Grotto” – man made during the Van de Veldes’ ownership.

The Art Deco theme of the house is carried outside, to the railing at one of the look-outs and within the walls of a courtyard at the rear of the home.  Within the walls are wrought iron features picturing the exploits of the Van de Valdes’ terriers chasing the garden’s peacocks with Mr Van de Valdes holding a golf club.

There is a separate building to the house – a squash court – where artists have exhibitions.  The exhibition we saw this day was fantastic.

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