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Editor's Choice - The African Cottage and The Rondawel
By Lisa Monk

Often when we think of holidays, we think of sparkling sands and pristine waters. However by thinking only of beach holidays, we are missing many of the glorious treasures that nestle in the hinterland behind the beaches. They offer a different type of holiday, but one still within close proximity to beaches, if that is what you are looking for. The hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast hides many treasures, such as The African Cottage and The Rondawel. These African-inspired cottages are the brainchild of Matilda, who came to Australia from South Africa over 20 years ago. She spent many years running a restaurant that served traditional South African food as well as developing a range of sauces, chutneys, marinades and spices. These Gourmet Afrika products are still available, however M... Read more

Spotlight on- The Old Church
By Lisa Monk

The hinterland around Byron Bay is truly God’s own country, with the lush pockets of rainforest, emerald green rolling countryside, fabulous beaches and access to the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay itself or quaint and historic villages like Bangalow. There are wonderful shops, cafes and restaurants, galleries and any number of artisan shops, with everything from saddles to crystals. So, why not stay somewhere that reflects the wonders around you? The Old Church at Newrybar, just near Bangalow, is a beautiful and historic church, built in 1911, that now pays homage to the wonders of this beautiful region, without losing the sense of serenity from its former life. The property has been lovingly restored over the last eight years and features polished floorboards throughout much ... Read more

Spotlight on- Saltus
By Lisa Monk

We all know that life is busy and pulling us in many different directions … work, family, friends, community obligations – but what about our obligation to ourselves? We all need the chance to step away, take stock and recharge, otherwise life becomes merely an obstacle course to overcome, rather than the great adventure it is meant to be. Places like Saltus allow us to draw breath and remember what is really important, and the beauty of the surrounding countryside in the Hepburn Springs region of Victoria makes it easy to forget about pressure and deadlines. These luxury villas are set high above the Mineral Springs Reserve, with panoramic views across the valley below, and yet they are in the heart of the village itself, with easy access to the many delights and attrac... Read more

Review - Blue Moon
By Myrna Smith

18 Killcare Road Killcare Central Coast NSW Blue Moon on New South Wales’s Central Coast is a great retreat only one minute from the beach and close to the shops. Come and enjoy this beautiful cottage. Overall rating?           Excellent What makes Blue Moon different? This cottage in charming Killcare is a great escape from the city. There is so much to do with the nearby beach, national park, shops and more. Robyn makes you feel very well looked after and the house is beautifully prepared, the only thing you need to do is relax.   Accommodation overview This wonderful three bedroom cottage sleeps up to seven people. The upstairs area is a huge open plan expanse with large windows looking out to the view and access to th... Read more

Review - Villa Merlot
By Penny Parsons

Cypress Lakes Resort Cnr McDonald & Thompsons Roads Pokolbin Hunter Valley NSW This self-contained apartment is within the Cypress Lakes resort, but has a feeling of privacy and solitude, thanks to the elevated outlook and the leafy surrounds. Overall rating?      Excellent What makes Villa Merlot different? It is wonderful to be so close to all the facilities that a world-class resort offers, and yet feel separate and private. The upstairs location, coupled with the beautifully tended grounds and bushy outlook, means that you feel quite apart from the bustle of the resort – yet with access all the facilities you could want. Accommodation overview Villa Merlot has one spacious bedroom with a king-size bed and fine quality linen.  There is a d... Read more

Review - Kurrara Cottages Retreat
By Emily Kothe

Henry Lawson Drive Mudgee NSW We arrived as the sun was setting, and the view across the working vineyard was gorgeous – and matched by the warm welcome from our hosts. Overall rating?       Outstanding What makes Kurrara Cottages Retreat different? The warmth of the welcome – fresh carrot cake helped! – and the sense of peace that envelops you as soon as you arrive. It is one of those places that feel right from the moment you walk through the door.. Accommodation overview Our cottage had a queen-size bed and was perfect for a romantic getaway. All linen and toiletries are supplied. Facilities overview The layout is open plan, with the indoor sunken spa bath and living area accessible from the bedroom area.  There is a small ki... Read more

Spotlight on- Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat & Conservation Sanctuary
By Lisa Monk

Western Australia is special and very different to the other states of Australia. It has a marvellous climate, beautiful white sand beaches washed by the amazingly clear waters of the Indian Ocean and a variety of landscapes, which offer something for everyone. The region of Margaret River is a stand out in a state full of stand out attractions and seems to have more than its fair share of bounty … world-class wines, an ever growing gourmet food industry, incredible beaches, karri forests, wildlife and Yelverton Brook. This property is really something quite special, with its eco-friendly materials, such as rubberwood and other timbers, stone and solar dried mudbricks, wool insulation and other thoughtful design features that flatter, rather than harm our environment. Escape from... Read more

Review - Milton Country Cottages
By Nicole Corson

83 Egan’s Farm Lane, Yatte Yattah, NSW Only a short drive from Milton, this wonderful bed & breakfast is perfect just to sit and relax after a stroll through the gardens looking at the pottery made by the owner. Overall rating?  Outstanding What makes Milton Country Cottages different? Milton Country Cottages has such a relaxed atmosphere, with wonderful hosts who are there if you need them or just ready for a chat, without making you feel crowded during your stay.  In a great location, not far from Milton, it is just far enough away that you can enjoy the native flora and fauna from your private verandah in the evening while eating dinner, yet know that anything you need from the shops is only a short drive away. In fact, not long after we arrived a couple of k... Read more

Review - Pendragon Hall
By Justin Wastnage

120 Goulburn Street West Hobart This converted church is distinctive in style and the musical welcome you receive from the owners – along with the amazing interior – really sets this property apart. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes Pendragon Hall different? It is very rare to be able to sleep inside a genuine old church.  Waking up to the sunlight streaming through the enormous stained glass windows was magical and the 25m high ceilings give a sense of space you would never have experienced before.    Accommodation overview The church is one large hall with two double four-poster beds – complete with curtains. The king-size master bed is at one end of the nave (and is screened) and it is lit by a magnificent four-panel ... Read more

Review - Howards Hill B&B
By Sally Hobson

Review – Howards Hill 101 Curzon Road, Boneo Cape Schanck  VIC Howards Hill B&B is the perfect place for the perfect break, and has something to suit almost everyone.  From the moment you arrive you will be filled with the serenity of the location in glorious Cape Schanck and the property is set in 30 acres amongst ancient grass trees and manna gums. Overall rating? Outstanding    What makes Howards Hill different? This is a property that offers so much… it is a farm stay, a B&B, has a self-contained barn and of course, the stables.  If you love horses, this is the place for you.  If you love gorgeous surrounds, this is the place for you.  If you love a place that lets you ‘feel the serenity’ - this is the ... Read more

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