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Spotlight on- Woollybush Guest House
By Lisa Monk

Sometimes you want a getaway that gets away from the real world altogether… one where you spend time with your loved ones or close friends… one where your little darlings aren’t in the picture… one where you can pamper yourself in peace and tranquillity - well, Woollybush Guest House is the answer! Nestled in 3 acres of lawns, gardens and unspoiled bush and just an hour away from Perth on the Coral Coast, Woollybush is an ‘adults only’ retreat that offers you the chance to recharge, rejuvenate and re-connect. Perfect for a weekend getaway, a mid-week break away from the everyday or longer stays, the wonderful hosts at Woollybush know how to pamper you and help you to take a break. This is a remarkable B&B – the owners like to say that... Read more

Review - Church House B&B Gundagai
By Penny Parsons

91 Punch Street Gundagai, Murray-Riverina Region New South Wales This wonderful property has all the serenity of its past life as a church, including the original front door. It is beautifully decorated and has wonderful outdoor surrounds to complement the attractive interior. Overall rating?    Outstanding What makes Church House B&B different? Well, the name gives it away – its previous life as a 1930s Methodist church lends an aura of peace and tranquillity – just what you are looking for on a relaxing holiday. The property is immaculately clean and has everything you need for a comfortable and memorable stay. We arrived at night and the property was well-lit and warm and welcoming. Accommodation overview The three bedrooms all have que... Read more

Review - Seabreeze Thirroul
By Susie Moore

2/16 Bath Street Thirroul, Illawarra Region NSW This is a modern, clean and fresh two-bedroom apartment, perfectly located between the beach and the town. Overall rating?    Excellent, with outstanding cleanliness What makes Seabreeze different? This clean and bright apartment has everything you need for a seaside holiday and being self-contained, it means that you can choose to browse the local shops and self-cater, or sample the delights of the eateries in the town. Accommodation overview There are two bedrooms, one has a queen-size bed and the other has a double bed. There is room for extra guests, with the sofa sleeping one and there is also a single folding bed that can be used, if necessary. The bedrooms have plenty of wardrobe space and lovely li... Read more

Review - National Trust Heritage Festival
Australia

The National Trust invites you to celebrate Australia’s natural and cultural heritage and to be part of one of the largest and longest running community festivals in the state. In what will be the thirtieth year of the National Trust Heritage Festival, 2010 will once again see a fantastic variety of over 400 community-hosted events held across metropolitan and regional NSW. Read more

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

Review - The Shell Croft
By Angela Taylor

Rye, Victoria In a quiet location, close to Rye’s Bayside Beach, The Shell Croft is part of the Blue Moon cottages site, a group of three cottages in established gardens in the lovely seaside village of Rye. Overall rating?    Great, with excellent ambience and location What makes The Shell Croft different? When we arrived there was classical music playing, the cottage was warm and welcoming and all this, combined with the glow of the bedside lights and the complimentary bottle of wine, made us feel relaxed and welcome. Accommodation overview There are three bedrooms, two with queen-size beds and a third room with bunks (accessible via one of the queen bedrooms). Our bedroom was beautifully presented with a white cotton and embroidered doona cover and ... Read more

Editor's Choice - La Viv
By Lisa Monk

Kangaroo Island is a wonderful environment rich in nature’s treasures and with more than its fair share of breathtaking views and things to see and do.  Vivonne Bay on the island’s south coast is one of the standouts in an island of standouts, with its long crescent shaped beach, picturesque old jetty and access to many of the main attractions, such as Seal Bay, Kelly Hill Caves and the Remarkable Rocks. Living lightly in this environment is a holiday home that truly qualifies as unique.  It is not just the rammed earth, handcrafted and earth-friendly aspects, nor is it that it La Viv is one of those rare things – a completely wheelchair accessible holiday home.  It is all these things, as well as the location and the soul of the house, which its owners ... Read more

Review - Anglea House Bed & Breakfast
By Hannah Kothe

Best hosted accommodation: Anglea House Bed & Breakfast, NSW Liz is the host at Anglea House Bed & Breakfast and she knows the meaning of great country hospitality. The property was awarded the TakeABreak 2008 National Award for best-hosted accommodation and it is easy to see why. Located in the small town of Walcha, in the beautiful and productive New England Tablelands region of New South Wales, Anglea House Bed & Breakfast is a ‘home away from home.’ The serene national park surrounding the township is part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserve, a World Heritage area. Just over two hours drive inland from Port Macquarie, Walcha is a beautiful part of the world. Famed for its abundant trout fishing and the magnificent Aspley Falls, Walcha is an ideal pl... 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 - 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

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