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Review - Glen Davis Boutique Hotel
By Penny Parsons

1 Canobla Avenue Glen Davis NSW This grand and historic hotel is set in Australia’s equivalent to the Grand Canyon – a region of amazing escarpments and natural wonders. Overall rating?    Outstanding    What makes Glen Davis Boutique Hotel different? The setting is amazing – deep in the Capertee Valley and close to the Wollemi National Park, and yet only a few hours drive from Sydney.  The Hotel originally serviced the bustling town’s shale oil mine and various visiting dignitaries and was considered to be the finest hotel west of the Blue Mountains. Accommodation overview There are a variety of rooms from family suites to queen and single rooms.  Some have ensuite facilities, while some have shared facilities... Read more

Review - Walton House
By Hannah Kothe

Luxury holiday accommodation: Walton House Huonville, Tasmania Walton House is an historic, AAA rated, 4 1/2 star bed and breakfast in Huonville in southern Tasmania and certainly lives up to its promise of luxury. With a record of 5 out of 5 for every guest review it has received on TakeABreak, Walton House is most definitely a loved and celebrated property and a deserving winner of the 2008 TakeABreak National Award for Best Luxury Holiday Accommodation. Huonville, just 35 minutes south of Hobart, is a small town known as the fruit bowl of Tasmania and produces more than 50% of Tasmania’s apples. The town (population 1,700) sits on the banks of the tranquil Huon River, surrounded by the colourful orchards. The famous slow-growing Huon pine tree can be spotted throughout the l... Read more

Review - Romantic Beach Pad
By Col and Judy Williams

10/2 Monash Parade Dee Why NSW This studio apartment has dress circle positioning with sensational views over Dee Why Beach and the headland. Overall rating?            Excellent What makes Romantic Beach Pad different? You could not ask for a better location, waking to wonderful views, going to sleep with the sea breezes and watching the waves roll in from the balcony … this is as close as you can get to living on the beach, yet with a great choice of restaurants, shops and activities all within walking distance. Accommodation overview This studio apartment has a luxurious queen-size premium pillowtop mattress, as well as a single sofa bed (with an innerspring mattress) that is suitable for an adult.  A portacot is ... Read more

Review - Big4 Lake Macquarie Monterey Tourist Park
By Penny Parsons

Monterey Avenue Mannering Park NSW This is a large and well-priced property in a lakefront location, with fabulous views. Overall rating?      Excellent What makes Big 4 Lake Macquarie different? This is a caravan park, but once you are inside you feel as though you have your own space and privacy.  The park is in a waterfront lake location; with plenty of trees for shade and the local shops are only a stroll away. Accommodation overview The cottage has two bedrooms, there is a parents’ retreat upstairs, with a queen-size bed and balcony, air conditioning and fan. The second bedroom is downstairs and also has a queen-size bed, along with two bunks. Facilities overview This is a lakefront spa cabin, so the bathroom has a great spa bath and there is a lar... Read more

Editor's Choice - Lochinver Homestead and Cottages
By Lisa Monk

The Victorian goldfields are a treasure trove and we are not just talking about gold.  They are liberally sprinkled with other precious finds, such as Lochinver Homestead, a magnificent 1860s property nestled in 1000 acres of fine farmland in the glorious Carisbrook region, rich in history and things to see and do. The area abounds with attractions, such as driving through Maldon – the setting for the highly regarded film ‘Romulus, My Father’, visiting Kyriong, a traditional farm with resident emus, and you don’t need to be a trainspotter to marvel at Maryborough Railway Station with its café and antique shops … so much to do, so little time! Not if you stay at Lochinver – as this historic homestead is a place of peace and relaxation and t... Read more

Review - Bell Chapel
By Hannah Kothe

Bell Chapel B&B - Winner Best Accessible Accommodation Bell Chapel B&B in Carey Bay on Lake Macquarie was recently announced as the TakeABreak National Award Winner for best accessible holiday accommodation for 2008. The deserving recipients, Tricia Hunt and Tony Stephens, won this award for their charming refurbished old church, which offers an open plan space perfect for those with access issues and certified to AS1428 standards. The Lake Macquarie area is a quick 90 minutes drive from Sydney and is a perfect location for a romantic getaway. The abundance of attractions close to the cottage offer plenty of choice and the ambience of the cottage and tranquillity of the landscape will provide a perfect escape. The location is the ideal mix of lake, beach and village and ensures a... Read more

Review - Quamby Pines Chalet
By Penny Parsons

521 Quamby Brook Rd, Deloraine, North Tasmania An eco-certified, self-contained B&B in a beautiful valley, Quamby Pine Chalets has lots of room for children to run around.  There are plenty of animals on the farm for kids to see and feed. Overall rating?         Great What makes Quamby Pines Chalet different? On arrival our hosts were very welcoming with interesting conversation and the heater on in the room to take the chill off. This lovely valley setting is the right atmosphere for a relaxing holiday, taking advantage of the trout fishing, plenty of room to explore and local activities. Accommodation overview Quamby Pines Chalet has both the Cabin and Unit 2, which can be hired separately or together. The Chalet is a comfortable t... 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

Editor's Choice - Ophir Valley Cabins
By Lisa Monk

There may or may not be gold in ‘them there hills’, but Orange is certainly a place with many golden opportunities to enjoy yourself.  Set in the glorious explorer territory of the Central West, one of the first things you notice about Orange is its sense of history.  An easy few hours drive from Sydney, Orange is a city that has become a mecca for those who enjoy the good things in life, along with a flavour of the country. Ophir Valley Cabins are a short drive from the centre of Orange, and are the perfect place to stay while you discover all that Orange and the surrounds have to offer you, whether you are looking to keep the family happy, or are on the gourmet trail with friends or a special someone. You have a choice of staying in “The Lodge”, &l... Read more

Review - Kiwarrak Country Retreat
By Lisa Powell

Kiwarrak Country Retreat 26 Half Chain Road, Old Bar Manning Valley NSW Beautiful gardens give you time to take a deep breath away from everyday life. Overall rating?  Great   What makes Kiwarrak Country Retreat different? There are glorious and extensive gardens, set around a hobby farm, and the nearby State Forest makes it feel remote, yet the property is only 10 minutes from Taree and Old Bar. Accommodation overview The Kiwarrak Country Retreat consists of a self-contained cottage, comprising two bedrooms with queen-size beds – the main with ensuite - and a sofa bed in the spacious lounge area. The kitchen is also spacious as is the very large second bathroom.  The studio is a true studio and has a queen-size bed, along with dining and living area, sm... Read more

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