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Travel guide Tasmania

Review - Cygnet Hotel
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner, Hotel and Motel Accommodation: Cygnet Hotel The historic Cygnet Hotel has two important accomplishments to celebrate. The first – reaching its 100th year of service in the pretty town of Cygnet which is nestled in the Huon Valley. The second is being chosen as the winner of the Hotel and Motel Holiday Accommodation category of TakeABreak Awards 2009! Building of this heritage-listed hotel began in 1907 and was completed in 1910. However, you won’t find one hundred years of dust and decay in this place; recent owners John and Helen have been busy with restoration projects to ensure this beauty easily wins awards for the next hundred years. Each room is clean, cosy, loaded with character, and lovingly cared for by friendly staff. With seven H... Read more

Review - Red Rooster Host Farm
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 National Winner, Farmstay Accommodation: Red Rooster Host Farm   If you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the idyllic country life that is often portrayed in nostalgic movies, a visit to Red Rooster Host Farm in North East Tasmania is a must. Proud winner of the Farm Stay Accommodation category of the 2009 TakeABreak Awards, Red Rooster will transport you to an era where the aroma of fresh, home-baked bread greets visitors as they walk through the door; an era where jam is proudly made using only the freshest of organic berries, picked right on the property; an era where parents know their children are safe, as they play and giggle outdoors – electronic gizmos and the hustle bustle of the city long forgotten. The television and DVD playe... Read more

Review - Summertime Cottage
By Lisa Monk

120 King Fish Beach Road Southport, Tasmania Southport is the southernmost settlement in Tasmania, and as you round the sweep of King Fish Beach you come upon Summertime Cottage with its commanding views across to Bruny Island. Overall rating?         Excellent What makes Summertime Cottage different? This is a classic older style beach house, with all you need to be comfortable and relaxed. The log fire keeps you warm in winter and in summer the expansive deck is the perfect place to sit and relax, while you watch the waves roll up onto the beach. Accommodation overview There are three bedrooms, the main has a queen-size bed, the second bedroom has a set of bunks and a single bed and the third bedroom has a double bed. The rooms are c... 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 - Cosy Pines
By Hannah Kothe

As you would expect from the winner of the best budget holiday accommodation category in the TakeABreak Awards, Cosy Pines is definitely value for money. This spacious and welcoming two-bedroom cottage is in Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania, and is perfect for families or couples. Voted 'best little town in the world' by the Chicago Tribune Strahan is located on Tasmania's west coast at Long Bay at the northern end of Macquarie Harbour, about 300 km west of Hobart and 40km from Queenstown. Originally a penal colony, the town has also operated as a mining port and a base to the timber industry of the prized Huon pine.  The tiny town of Strahan (population 637 in 2006 census) is now the main tourist centre, and the gateway for Tasmania's west coast region. Boat trips to the histo... Read more

Spotlight on- Summertime Cottage
By Lisa Monk

Far south Tasmania is an amazing place, with clean air, pristine waters, rolling hills, orchards, wineries, snow in winter … and that is just for starters! The Huon Valley and d’Entrecasteaux region have beauty in abundance and offer a plethora of activities and sights.  For those who are looking for a break away from the stress of everyday life, it is a balm to the soul. Summertime Cottage is the perfect place from which to explore the wonders of this region, and it has a wonderful relaxed and cosy feel, making it the ideal spot for stressed-out mainlanders looking to relax.  This three-bedroom beachfront cottage has wonderful views across to Bruny Island and is the perfect setting off point for your adventures. The main bedroom has a queen-size bed, another has a... Read more

Review - 9 Mile Escape
By Hannah Kothe

9-Mile Escape - Winner Best Beach Accommodation While you won’t find the winner of the TakeABreak National Award for the best beach accommodation of 2008 and 2009 in the place you’d expect, its surprising location only increases its charm. The Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Town for 2007, Swansea on the east coast of Tasmania, isn’t what immediately springs to mind when you think of superb oceans views, magical sunsets and soft white sand, but nonetheless 9-Mile Escape is certainly a worthy winner of this award, with its pristine beach location and superb accommodation. The town of Swansea lies on Tassie’s ‘Sunshine Coast’, a stretch of peaceful coastline dotted with delightful historic towns and superb views that rival Victoria’s popular Great Oc... Read more

Editor's Choice - Hargate
By Lisa Monk

When it comes to things to see and do, and areas of immense natural beauty, Tasmania has more than its fair share… and Launceston certainly punches above its weight with so many sights to see, things to do, and experiences to enjoy and indulge in.  Known as ‘The Valley of the Senses’ thanks to the many flowers of the nearby Cataract Gorge, Launceston also has myriad restaurants, cafes and gourmet outlets to further tempt your senses. It is the third oldest city in Australia, behind Sydney and Hobart and has magnificent examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture, giving the city a mellow sense of history. Hargate sits very comfortably in Launceston, being a heritage listed Queen Anne Federation home built between 1900 and 1903.  It is a short drive from t... Read more

Review - Kentisbury Country House
By Penny Parsons

42 Lutterells Road West Kentish, North Tasmania This is country living at its best… views from every window, peaceful and serene and owners who make sure you have everything you need for the perfect break. Overall rating?         Excellent What makes Kentisbury Country House different? This is a lovely self-contained three bedroom home with timber floorboards throughout and any number of eye-catching rugs in the rooms.  There are views of the hills down to Lake Barrington and it is easy to feel far away from the rush and bustle of everyday life. Accommodation overview There are two bedrooms with queen-size beds and one with a double bed.  The rooms have high raked ceilings, lovely furnishings and there is good heating, with ... Read more

Review - Tenerfold Bed and Breakfast
By Penny Parsons

184 Melrose Road Aberdeen via Devonport, TAS The beautiful gardens and fragrance from the abundance of flowers is an abiding memory from our stay in this delightful B&B. Overall rating?         Outstanding What makes Tenerfold Bed and Breakfast different? This fully self-contained accommodation is attached to the main house, but has a separate entry, giving you privacy and sense of being removed from the hosts, but close by when needed. Accommodation overview Tenerfold B&B is very spacious and well appointed and has exceptional presentation.  There are two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and ensuite with a great sized spa bath and separate toilet, the other has two single beds and a separate bathroom.  The heated towel ... Read more

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