The original guesthouse, "Fairmount", was built circa 1913. It remained in the same family for generations. There are some photos of the original house, the family and advertisements from the 1920s Katoomba Tourism Gazette framed in the living room today.
Advertisements from local papers in the late 1940s-50s, show that the house was used as residential flats.
From 1987, No14 was restored and extended and became No14 Backpackers Hostel (or Number Fourteen) in the 90s. Run by Mandy & Kym, the wonderful murals you see around the house are by another member of the family.
No.14 Lovel St
In October 2017, the next chapter for 14 Lovel Street began with Annette & Gavin becoming the proud new owners. We were very lucky to have Mandy and Kym stay on 'show us the ropes'. We are super excited to be the next caretakers of this historic guesthouse.
Our Community includes our guests, our local community (in particular traditional custodians), and our wider community. We believe in a 'think global, act local' mentality. We believe in giving back. We have charity fundraising, on a honesty basis with our guests, as well as donating a percentage of our income to our chosen charities. Charities we support include local Rural Fire Service (RFS), Rural Aid (Buy A Bale), and Food Solutions. Food Solutions is a local charity feeding those in our community who are less fortunate.
No.14 Lovel St is on Gundungurra land. No.14 Lovel St is on Gundungurra land. We acknowledge the Dharug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, Tharawal, Darkinjung and Wiradjuri people are the traditional custodians of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal land.
We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice.
We believe that it is essential for Australia to prioritise reconciliation with our First Nations people. We do not pretend to know all the answers. We are still learning, and want to do whatever we can to be part of the solution, and make it part of the conversation. We have gathered some information into a folder on the coffee table in the main lounge. We also have several books you may enjoy in the library.
Environmental sustainability as individuals and as a business. We believe in doing the best we can for our guests, our community and our planet. We have invested in improvements at No.14: LED lighting, supporting reduce/reuse/recycle with our interior fit out as much as possible, composting, recycling, and choosing products made from recycled materials wherever possible, 16.8kW solar electricity system.
We now have 17K litres of rainwater tanks, filtered to drinking standard, supplying everything in the house; backed up by Sydney Water when there is not enough rain.
We are silver members of Low Carbon Living Blue Mountains, and also support the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute as one of our charities.
Wellness incorporates physical and mental wellbeing. Most of our guests come to the beautiful Blue Mountains region to get out and enjoy the great outdoors (at least in part!). Rest and recharging are equally important - in whatever way is right for you.
We support Beyond Blue and Cancer Council as part of our group of charities.