Bunya Hill might be famous as the residence of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban but for one woman the Sutton Forrest property holds a special place in her heart.
In her early twenties Frances 'Fran' Factor caught the steam train every weekend from Sydney to Bunya Hill to help run her family's guest house.
Her family owned the property for six years from 1945. It was known as Shrublands at the time.
Fran would make beds, wait tables and soak up the country sunshine in post World War II Australia.
Now 94 years old, Fran looks back at this time with nostalgia.
"We enjoyed it," she said.
Seated in a wing-back chair at Abbey House in Bowral, Fran clutches a black and white photo of herself from 1946.
In the picture a 21 year old Fran poses with a croquet mallet and ball outside the iconic property.
Fran was born in 1925 and has worn many hats in her time - beloved daughter, milliner and stylist to the stars - the hard working woman even has ties with Max Factor cosmetics.
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Her uncle-in-law named Max Factor founded the company in Hollywood after he moved from Poland.
Fran met the love of her life, Mendel, at a Jewish dance in Melbourne in 1948. The Sydney girl was in Melbourne to support her sister after a miscarriage.
However, it wasn't love at first sight for Fran.
"He could hardly speak English," she said.
"I wasn't very impressed."
The young woman had just experienced a broken engagement and wasn't looking for another relationship, but Mendel was determined to win her affection.
"The next day he told me he was going to marry me," Fran said.
She said Mendel wasn't tall, dark and handsome but "he was very nice looking".
A Holocaust survivor, Mendel travelled to Australia on the ship Johann de Witt in 1947.
He studied English at night school and practiced by writing letters to his sweetheart.
After a short courtship they married on May 31, 1949 at the Great Synagogue in Sydney.
The couple opened a dress shop on the North Shore and catered to stars and socialites.
The Francis Factor Frock Salon grew to include several outlets throughout Sydney.
The store was originally a hat shop, but Fran had to diversify the business after the church announced that hats were no longer compulsory to attend service.
Then came the new ultra stylised hairdos of the day.
"Hats ruined the new boofy hairstyles," Fran said.
"Overnight people stopped wearing hats.
"In the end we were giving them away."
Fran and Mendel worked together to overcome such obstacles throughout their time together.
The couple were married for 65 years and bore three children.
Mendel passed away in 2014 aged 93.
Fran had spent years designing fashionable dresses and retirement didn't stop her creative flow.
She took up ceramics and other arts and crafts later in life.
Artwork lines the walls of her room and a large box of handcrafted felt brooches sit in a prominent position.
Her family's gardens are filled with her ceramic and pottery works.
After almost a century of experience Fran offered life advice.
"Just try to be happy, don't make any waves, and look after your family," she said.
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