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Review - A Rainbow’s End Bed & Breakfast
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner, Hosted accommodation: A Rainbow’s End Bed & Breakfast The winner of TakeABreak’s 2009 Hosted Accommodation Award was difficult to choose because Australia is home to thousands of quaint, unique, warm, and friendly B&Bs. With so many outstanding hosted accommodation options vying for the title, the winner needed to stand out with exceptional service. A Rainbow’s End in the Adelaide Hills did just that, with many extras and special touches leaving guests feeling truly cherished. Upon arrival at A Rainbow’s End, visitors are treated to a charming afternoon tea on the patio, where they can enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. Hosts Pam and Dave go out of their way to make guests feel welcome in their home, and many rave... Read more

Review - Grass Trees Escape
By Samantha O'Donovan

35 Fern Tree Close Arakoon NSW Grass Trees Escape is quiet and private and enjoys beautiful natural bushland surrounds. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes Grass Trees Escape different? The property is peaceful and secluded and set in 2.5 acres of bushland full of birds and kangaroos, yet you are only minutes away from beaches and all the wonderful activities that South West Rocks has to offer. There is another house, Tallow Wood Pavilion, making this property perfect for larger families or friends getting away together. Accommodation overview There is one room with a queen-size bed and ensuite, another room with a queen-size bed and the third room has two single beds. Tallow Wood Pavilion has one queen room and one with two king singles. There is a tra... Read more

Review - Ebb Tide
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner, Budget Accommodation: Ebb Tide If your idea of ‘budget’ accommodation involves packing sleeping bags and sharing a bathroom with strangers, you’re in for a shock. The 2009 winner of the TakeABreak Budget Accommodation Award is Ebb Tide, a two-bedroom holiday home loaded with extras in Ocean Grove, Victoria. With attractive prices, a fully fenced backyard complete with private playground, plenty of room for a large family, and even a games room, this property offers value beyond belief. Located just 400 metres from Victoria’s Barwon River, and 1.3km from Main Ocean Grove Beach, Ebb Tide offers families, couples and friends the opportunity to experience a beach holiday with compact accommodation at less than the price of a typica... Read more

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

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