Eliza Lee One | Jindabyne
A stylish chalet with chilled out vibes on the edge of the Snowy Mountains.
Stylish & Comfort
JULY 2019 | OUR FAMILY OF SIX | 3 NIGHTS
From the outside, we weren’t too sure what to expect as it looked like a dated swiss alps chalet. But as we entered the code in the electric door keypad, our first impressions were completely shattered. It was like we walked into a magazine shoot – fresh, stylish and oh, so homely! My four boys, who have become quite the travellers, gave it a thumbs up straight away.
The property is a renovated duplex that’s incredibly clean and stylish. It made me think about how holiday properties don’t have to be the newest or the best property, but what makes or breaks it is how it makes you feel, the comforts, and the cleanliness. And Eliza Lee One ticked all these boxes.
Even though it’s a duplex, you feel like you have no neighbours. You walk into an open plan living/dining and kitchen space, and up a few steps is a modern main bathroom complete with underfloor heating and an oversized bath. The main bedroom has a small ensuite with underfloor heating, and the second bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The third bedroom has a bunk bed (single on top/double on bottom). My boys played rock, paper, scissors to decide who got the bunk bed!
Downstairs is a double garage with remote control access. There is also a third bathroom (which we never used), laundry, a drying room and plenty of storage.
The styling was really what made Eliza Lee One feel amazing. I knew that it would be styled to perfection as the gorgeous Catherine from The Stables had been engaged for the project. Using my 70/20/10 rule, I would describe the style as scandi, contemporary Australian and modern design.
My favourite room was the kitchen – fresh, white and minimal. Everything was white from the tap to the oven to the cabinetry. The simple styling touches of the timber breadboards, cookbook and pastel-coloured salt and pepper shakers from Country Road, completed it beautifully.
The framed prints throughout were also a standout. Although not located in the snow, the use of the prints allowed you to feel like you were there.
Hands down, for my husband, it was the fireplace. What is it with men and a fireplace? He was like a boy in a lolly store. But it was so nice after a day on the slopes to come back and sit on the lounge in front of the fireplace.
The oversized bath was a big hit with the boys; every night, they would all jump in. And especially with the underfloor heating, it was heaven after a day with ski boots on.
From a practical point of view, the downstairs garage and drying room was priceless. You could drive into the garage unload all the snow gear, take off your wet clothes and hang it up ready for the next day. And then again in the morning, head down to get dressed, jump in the car and off you go. It really did make the ski holiday so much easier as a family of six.
The town centre of Jindabyne was a five-minute walk away; however, we never did the walk. Birchwood Café was awesome. The food was fresh, service was great, and the coffee was hot. We ventured there on our first day for lunch and returned on our last morning for breakfast.
There is a Woolworths in town for supplies, and places to hire ski gear. We can highly recommend the BP Ski Hire, their service, friendliness and prices were great. They even helped us deal with four boys who were getting frustrated by turning it into a fun family experience.
The pub, bowling club and restaurants were all in walking distance. However, we didn’t venture there as after a day on the slopes all we wanted to do was relax at home in our PJs.