About Phil Verner
I'm a retired designer (exhibition/interior) and wood craftsman who loves timber houses. I design and make furniture and sculptural pieces often using recycled and salvaged timber. I'm currently restoring a timber house almost 120 years old where I live with my wife Ann in Sydney.
Phil Verner purchased this House in 1980
Why Phil Verner chose Blackheath
I purchased the land where the house now stands and have designed, built, extended and furnished the house over almost 40 years. As many trees were retained as possible and the house enjoys an outlook directly into the bush and overlooks the walking track to Govetts Leap. While sitting in "urban bush" the house is only 10 minutes very pleasant walk to Blackheath village with its cafes, restaurants, pubs & shops. The swimming pool (for summer) is even closer at the end of the street.
What makes this House unique
This is not a "standard house". It features a unique design, timber flooring & panelling along with handcafted furniture & decorative features. Care has been taken in the design to provide outlook and access for sun. Cross ventilation is available to provide comfort in summer including an "air chimney" to bring cool basement air into the main bedroom. A double sided wood fireplace is provided for winter backed up by externally flued gas heaters (ie no fumes in the house). A collection of largely B&W Australian photography is displayed in the house usually showing the Blue Mountains. The house is in a moist pocket and the bush garden includes many tree ferns (3 different species)
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Great family house.
We had a wonderful mid winter holiday with our kids. Everything was provided in the house and it was so warm and cosy. And a lovely view of the forest.
Great winter weekend getaway
We had a wonderful weekend away with friends at this very comfortable cottage. On a very cold winter's weekend, we found the house to be wonderfully warm with a lovely slow combustion heater, heaters and electric blankets. The kitchen was very well provisioned with every utensil, pot and plate that might be required. (Unlike other places we have stayed).
The check in process was very simple and Phil was very easy to communicate with - even allowing us early entry and stoking the fire ready for our arrival.
I would highly recommend this house to others.
Very comfortable . Great location. Happy as
Relaxing escape from the city
The Dell house was just incredible from the fire place to the great view it was just beautiful to get away from the city and relax for a weekend. the house is equipped with everything you need. We did not want to leave!
Beautiful house, beautiful location!
Thanks so much Phil and An. We had a great time at The Dell for the weekend. The house is an excellent design and we were all very comfortable. The location is great with the reserve behind the house where the path connects to the Govett’s Leap track. Hope to come back here one day!
Great house, great location
Warm and comfortable, well equipped, wonderful location with great bushwalks right outside your door, beautiful outlook from all rooms - can’t ask for much more for a relaxing weekend mountain retreat
Blackheath is a mountain village at just over 1000 metres altitude at the top of the Great Dividing Range. It's an area of great nature beauty away from the bustle of Katoomba and has good walking tracks including the recently refurbished Grand Canyon walk. The house directly overlooks the walking track to the Govetts Leap lookout.