Over a century ago, Leura was the site of several large residences built by various orders of nuns on prime sights on the crest of the Leura hill. One of these, St Raphael (circa 1902) remains. It is a former convent and local landmark. Today it boasts three elegant, self-contained holiday accommodations set in a 6000 square metre private estate with a rambling Sorenson garden and views to Sydney. St Raphael is only a leisurely five minute stroll (300 metres) from Leura Mall, the railway station, taxis and tourist hop-on hop-off buses. Leura Mall has an outstanding selection of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and galleries.