Tabu Bed and Breakfast, Cairns

Tabu Bed and Breakfast, Cairns

 

‘Tabu’ is located in the foot hills of Cairn’s rainforest, in northern Queensland. An exclusive pavilion style room (1 only), opens onto a furnished deck with a view of the exotic tropical gardens. Guests have their own private entry to their room.

Your accommodation has a comfortable king size bed, personal ensuite and is fully air conditioned. Your room boasts fine designer linen, quality towels, coffee, tea & ironing facilities, the bar-b-que is available if you wish to ‘fire up a feast’.

The serene azure pool is set amongst cool plantings of mangos, lychees, bananas, gingers and palm trees, and is designed for your own private enjoyment.

A self served continential breakfast of fresh tropical fruit, baguettes/croissants & muesli for your enjoyment on your deck or in the garden.

Tabu is located 10 mins drive from the airport and 15mins from the city centre of Cairns, set in the leafy rainforest of Freshwater. Local community shops include an exquisite French artisan bread & Patisserie are easily reached within a quick walk. Tabu is situated a 3 minute walk from the Freshwater station which is your hop on point for the famous “Kuranda Rail” journey.

The local bar/hotel provides a large menu, occasional entertainment and courtesy bus to and from the venue.

Facilities

  • King Size Bed
  • Luxury linen
  • Quality towels
  • Pillow selection
  • Private ensuite
  • Airconditioned
  • Large wardrobes
  • Wi-fi
  • Tea, coffee and milk
  • Beach/pool towels
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & iron board
  • Clock radio
  • Bedside lamps
  • Personal deck

Fairlie & Mark at Tabu can book and organise many of the reef trips & tours which Cairns has to offer.

Kangaroo Paw Picnic at Cranbourne Gardens

Kangaroo Paw Celebration

 

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Cranbourne Friends are combining to present a wonderful opportunity for people to participate in a very special occasion in November 2016.

The iconic kangaroo paw and its relatives will be a celebrated in a number of activities. We may be familiar with kangaroo paws in our own and other gardens, but there is a whole lot more to this fascinating plant family.

The Australian Garden at Cranbourne will be enlivened by the planting of over 5000 kangaroo paws. The main plantings will be in the Cultivar Garden and the Northern Exhibition Garden precinct. Planting of gardens and containers of varying proportions will provide a stunning floral display.

Over November 2016, the Gallery at the Australian Garden Visitor Centre will have a Kangaroo Paw and relatives themed exhibition of artworks, crafts and floral art. Cranbourne Friends groups such as Botanical Illustrators, Botanical Basketmakers and Botanical Fabricators will be represented. During the month there will be a ‘Best Kangaroo Paw Pic Instagram Competition’ with winner announced on 27 November 2016.

 

Kangaroo Paw Picnic

 

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2016

Held over the weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2016 the Kangaroo Paw Picnic will provide a varied program of activities for everyone to enjoy.

 

Cranbourne Gardens

Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive (off South Gippsland Fwy), Cranbourne, 3977.

Open: 9am – 5pm. Entry to Cranbourne Gardens is free.
Please leave your dog (other than assistance dogs) and other pets at home to protect our local wildlife.

 

Some of the highlights include:

–   Guided Tours by Angus Stewart [Bookings are essential: ph (03) 5990 2200]
–   Launch of the beautiful Angus Stewart bred Anigozanthos ‘Landscape Violet’ at 11 am on the Saturday.
–   Special Growing Friends Plant sale of Kangaroo Paws & Cottonheads
–   Floral art demonstrations with Kangaroo Paws & Australian plants.
–   Live music by Dan Arnott & The Gardeners Blue Grass Band.
–   Everybody will have the opportunity to vote in the ‘Best Kangaroo Paw Competition’.
–   There will also be displays by Sponsors and Public Gardens in the Melbourne Region

 

The Horticultural Media Association Victoria is one of the sponsors of this important ‘Kangaroo Paw Celebration’.

 

The Jungle Lodge, Mount Tomah NSW

The Jungle Lodge

 

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
Bells Line of Road
Mount Tomah NSW 2758

The Jungle Lodge includes:
Bedroom 1 1 x Queen Bed, 1 x Port-a-cot & adjacent bathroom
Bedroom 2 1 x Queen Bed & Ensuite
Bedroom 3 1 x Double Bed, 1 x Single Bed & Ensuite
Bedroom 4 2 x Single Beds & 1 Trundle Bed & adjacent bathroom (share
with bedroom 1)
 After hours access to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
 Sole use of the Jungle Lodge
 Large lounge/dining room/LCD TV/DVD/Stereo System with MP3 docking station.
 Modern kitchen with all appliances including oven, griller, microwave, dishwasher,
fridge, kettle, toaster
 BBQ with gas supplied
 Main bathroom with bath, shower and toilet
 Two ensuite bathrooms with shower and toilet
 Additional separate toilet
 Electric blankets on beds
 Ceiling fans installed in bedrooms
 Iron & ironing board
 BBQ facilities & Outdoor setting overlooking the beautiful Devil’s Wilderness of the
Grose Valley across to the Wollemi National Park
 Slow combustion fire with firewood included
 Basic cleaning products
 Midweek & weekend bookings available
Guests are encouraged to bring all bedding/towels required for their stay (including linen,
pillows and doonas/blankets). Bedding packages are available at a price on application

 

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah features 28 hectares of gardens, including a southern hemisphere woodland, many conifer species, a bog garden, the Brunet Meadow, a Proteaceae collection including waratah and south African protea, remnant rainforest, formal garden and rhododendrons.

Havelock House, Hawke’s Bay

Havelock House, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

 

This elegant colonial style home offers a quiet semi-rural oasis for leisure or business. Designed for relaxation and comfort, enjoy its spacious ensuite rooms, elegant gardens, personalised friendly service, and amazing breakfasts. Havelock North’s finest accommodation awaits you.

Luxurious suites and sitting room
Unwind and relax in one of the three luxurious and spacious king bed and ensuite guestrooms, in their own private guest wing, all enjoying wonderful quiet garden vistas.

Enjoy afternoon tea or a drink on the quiet verandas or by the fireplace in the comfortable guest lounge and browse through the brochures on Hawke’s Bay to plan your next day’s activities.

Snooker or swimming anyone?
The guest lounge is large and comfortable and for the sole use of the guests. A huge games room with full sized snooker table and many books and board games offers a place to relax. Enjoy a game of snooker, get some exercise on the all weather tennis court, or cool off and refresh in summer in the landscaped swimming pool.

Great breakfasts daily
Breakfast at Havelock House is a real highlight of the day and many of our guests return because of it! Breakfast is served in a lovely dining room overlooking the garden or outside on the veranda. The tables are set with crisp white table cloths, linen napkins and fine Wedgwood china. Start each day with a delicious cooked breakfast with eggs, from our own hens, served on individual tables overlooking the gardens.

Relaxing Gardens
The stunning gardens have been described as an oasis with lots of bird song, roses, shady gum and palm trees. With Hawke’s Bay known as “the fruit bowl of New Zealand” of course there are fruit and citrus trees in the 4 acres of garden which you are free to explore. Palm trees surround the swimming pool and there are lots of fragrant roses in the garden.

Location
Havelock House is approximately 4.5 Hours drive from Wellington and 6 hours drive from Auckland and 2.5 hours from Taupo. Havelock House is short 4 minutes drive from Havelock North village, and signed off Middle Road. There is plenty of parking, including for boat trailers.

Hawke’s Bay is a centre for visiting Te Mata Peak, great food – Hawke’s Bay is known as the ‘fruit bowl of New Zealand’ and offers superb dining experiences, lots of wineries, the art-deco city of nearby Napier, craft and food markets, overland safaris to see the gannet nesting grounds at Cape Kidnappers and, of course, loads of outdoor activities like cycling, swimming, walking and golf. And other gardens to visit!

Havelock House
77 Endsleigh Road
Havelock North 4130
Hawke’s Bay 4130. New Zealand

Mandulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge Sri Lanka

Mandulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge Sri Lanka

 

The Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge is located on a picturesque 25 acre tea plantation just 30 km away from Sri Lanka’s hill capital of Kandy and approximately 150 km away from Colombo.

Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge commands a majestic view of the UNESCO World Heritage Knuckles Mountain Range – so called due to its shape similar to the knuckles of a clenched fist. It offers 18 secluded lodges with comfortable amenities, specially designed to make your next holiday in Sri Lanka a truly unforgettable one. All lodges are made of high quality tarpaulin canvas specially imported from South Africa. This is the very same material used by many world renowned safari camps especially in campsites all over Africa. Each lodge at the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge can hold a maximum of 3 people and feature:

A front porch with ‘out-of-this-world’ views, comfortable beds, full bathroom with walk-in shower and a separate private WC.

Guests staying at the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge will appreciate the many facilities and services on offer. Some of these facilities include;

  • A real colonial style “planter’s” estate house with:
  • Reception, welcome area and Information Desk
  • A Library with Internet Access and a Business Center
  • An English styled estate Lounge Bar with an impressive stock of beverages
  • A Grand Dining Room and Restaurant with a cozy fireplace
  • A stand alone Infinity Pool offering fabulous views of the Madulkelle Village as well as the majestic Knuckles Mountain range
  • Seating Areas placed within the tea estate, ideal for a quiet read, meditation or just to spend some quiet time alone with nature
  • An Organic Vegetable and Herb Garden yielding fresh vegetables and herbs all year round helps our Chef to prepare fresh and delicious meals daily
  • Drivers’ and guides’ live-in quarters with Onsite Parking
  • opportunities for adventure sports with our highly skilled team
  • hiking and trekking through lush tea plantations, forests, paddy fields and water falls. See unique birds and wildlife, plus overnight camping available.

 

 

Our Garden

We understand and respect your need for healthy meals. Therefore, our hotel has a special garden for fruits, vegetables and herbs. It is grown organically with our staff with the support of two gardeners. We do not use synthesized pesticides and fertilizers, and instead, organic pesticides (Neem extract), and manual methods of pest control and organic fertilizers are been used to produce a healthy harvest.

Around 60% of the vegetables and herbs used in the hotel kitchen are harvested from the garden with the careful supervision of our executive chef. We maintain year- round harvest of carrots, chili varieties, green veggies such as spinach, cabbages, gotukola and many more. The varieties of fruits we have are pineapples, avocados, papaya, guava, wild-strawberries and black-berries, mangos, locuts, and citrus-fruits.

Our Chef adopts food preparation methods in Native medicine called Ayurvedha, as he has family background of it, and he is careful to select the best parts of vegetable and fruits in the best levels of their maturity in order to prepare an excellent dish.

 

Experiments

Our garden is also a place for experiments and knowledge dissemination. We have established a demonstration model of a Micro-home garden suitable for estate line-rooms, which was developed collectively by the Extension department of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, our staff and the InGaDS Sri-Lanka, our advisor in social responsibility. Already, there are around six micro-home gardens established by the Line house dwellers (in our neighbor community) as a results of the knowledge dissemination trough the demonstration model.

Furthermore, we provide our staff the opportunities in gardening, which in turn become a recreational activity for them after their duties.

 

Contact us:

Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge
Madulkelle,
Kandy,
Srilanka.

Telephone: +94 (0)813801052
Fax : +94 (0)719378672
Email : info@madulkelle.com 
Web : www.madulkelle.com

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

 

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a premium 5 star hotel located in uptown Mejiro in the heart of Tokyo. The hotel is a 3-minute taxi ride or a 10-minute walk from Edogawabashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line.

The hotel has 260 rooms, 36 banquet halls and 12 restaurants.

The gardens have many historical artefacts, such as the three-storey pagoda, a sacred tree reputed to be more than 500 years old and many statues, lanterns and shrines.

The gardens are beautiful in all four seasons.

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
10-8, Sekiguchi 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo,
112-8680, Japan

Tel: +81 3 3943-1111
Fax: +81 3 3943-2300
Email: info@hotel-chinzanso.com

The Paradise of Sri Lanka with Michael Bates

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1
Thursday 18 February 2016
Home – Negombo

Meet your tour leaders Michael Bates and Paul Van Reyk at Sydney International Airport. Arrive late to Colombo. Transfer to your hotel in the resort town of Negombo, rich in culture and history. Accommodation: Jetwing Blue, Negombo

DAY 2
Friday 19 February 2016
Negombo – Kandalama (B/D)

Join Paul and Michael for breakfast and then set out for Dambulla within the cultural triangle in the centre of the island. Dating back to the 1st century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus for 22 centuries! The cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks, is covered with exquisite 2,000 year old murals depicting life and times of Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues in various sizes including a reclining Buddha 15m long. Vividly coloured frescos are the largest antique painted surface in the world. Finish our day with a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. Check into the Heritance, a hotel surrounded by pristine tropical jungle, designed by Geoffrey Bawa and overlooking the magnificent expanse of the Kandalama wewa (part of Sri Lanka’s famous ancient irrigation system) and across to the Sigiriya rock fortress in the distance. The hotel is one kilometre long and the hotels seven floors are unobtrusively set into the mountainside. Hotel boasts 3 swimming pools for relaxing. Welcome dinner tonight.
Accommodation: Heritance, Kandalama

DAY 3
Saturday 20 February 2016
Anuradhapura (B)

Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura to visit its greatest treasures -dagobas – hemispherical shaped white domes. We’ll swing past the 2250 year old sacred Buddha’s tree of enlightenment – the Bo tree is said to be the oldest tree in the world and protected by UNESCO. Onward to Minintale for a beautiful mountain walk under frangipani trees to discover Buddhist caves.
Accommodation: Heritance, Kandalama

DAY 4
Sunday 21 February 2016
Sigiriya (B/L)

Explore Sigiriya or Lion Rock, a must-see natural wonder of Sri Lanka. Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century and an astonishing feat of engineering and construction. Sirigiya rises 200m of sheer core of rock above a forested plain. Discover a series of ancient gardens, moats, ramparts, pools, fountains arranged symmetrically on either side on the rock. Spot the remains or a pair of giant lions paws still guarding the staircase that leads to the summit, once occupied by a royal palace.
Enjoy a lunch cooking demonstration with Paul and the hotel chef.
Accommodation: Heritance, Kandalama

DAY 5
Monday 22 February 2016
Kandalama – Kandy (B/L)

Travel to Kandy stopping en route to visit a coconut rope maker and lunch in a spice garden where you can explore the history, tastes and ayurvedic health uses of spices for which Sri Lanka is renowned. Arrive in Kandy in the afternoon, a town that nestles in the hills at an altitude of 488m and the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. The name Kandy conjures visions of past, splendour, legend, folklore, mystery and traditions kept alive lovingly for years.
Check in to the breathtaking retreat of Amaya Hills in the verdant mountains of Hanthana, 9km from Kandy, where the architecture is Kandyan palatial style and the 170ft swimming pool is more than tempting!
Accommodation: Amaya Hills, Kandy

DAY 6
Tuesday 23 February 2016
Kandy (B)

This morning visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which was originally the pleasure garden of royalty. Nearly 4000 species of plants are found in the garden which is encircled by the Mahaweli River. Bandara Palipana, Professor of Botany who has worked in the garden for 25 years, will take us for a walk around the gardens that are famous for their collection of orchids. Afternoon tour of Kandy with its lakeside setting and a visit to the sacred Temple of the Tooth, which houses one of Buddhism’s most sacred relics and attracts followers of the faith from all over the world. The Royal Complex situated around the Temple of the Tooth and Kandy Lake comprises the Kings Palace, Queens Palace, Audience Hall, Boathouse and Royal Summer house, represent a zenith of ancient Sri Lankan architecture.
Accommodation: Amaya Hills, Kandy

DAY 7
Wednesday 24 February 2016
Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary (B/D)

A special visit to an elephant orphanage today with 75 elephants ranging from newborn to elderly matriarchs, some orphaned, some injured in the wild and others abandoned. We’ll watch them eat, play and bathe in the river.
Back to Kandy for a home visit with a difference, a midula is an open planned house with space for drying the harvest and relaxation.
Dinner tonight at Helga’s Folly.
Accommodation: Amaya Hills, Kandy

DAY 8
Thursday 25 February 2016
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B/HT)

Board the train at Peradeniya for one of the most scenic train trips in the world through stunning hills and tea plantations. We’ll get picked up at Nanu Oya station and drive to Nuwana Eliya to spend a relaxing afternoon in the hills and a special high tea at the Hill Club (dress code applies), which was founded in 1876 by a British coffee planter, as a home away from home, and today is a private club and hotel.
Check into the old world charm of Jetwing St Andrews, a former country house, reminiscent of the days of the British Raj – it’s all about English breakfasts, high tea and stiff brandy.
Accommodation: Jetwing St. Andrews

DAY 9
Friday 26 February 2016
Nuwara Eliya (B)

Tour Nuwara Eliya and understand how abundant rainfall, sunshine and cold nights makes the perfect cup of tea. Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea in the mid-19th century, Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry where rolling mountains in the highlands are carpeted by green tea plantations. Tea plantations abound as we get a little taste of England in the hills with rose gardens and dotted with stone houses. We’ll wander around the Hakgala Botanic Garden and visit a Tea Plantation with tea tasting this afternoon.
Accommodation: Jetwing St. Andrews

DAY 10
Saturday 27 February 2016
Nuwara Eliya – Galle (B)

After breakfast we travel to Galle, an ancient Dutch outpost located on the south western coast of Sri Lanka. Pass by the landacape that was filmed for ‘The Bridge over the River Kwai’ on the Kelani River near Kitulgala which is famous for white water rafting. The minimalistic, stately and elegant Lighthouse Hotel is our home for the next four nights, another hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa who was responsible for linking the islands ancient architecture with modern modernism. Hotel terraces sweep down to a small sandy bay and unrestrained views of the Indian Ocean. Hotel is famous for local seafood, Japanese delicacies and the very best of Sri Lankan cuisine.
Accommodation: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle

DAY 11
Sunday 28 February 2016
Galle (B/L)

We discover Galle Fort’s low lined streets and rampart. The fort is a hive of activity and is one of the few World heritage listed sites which thrive with a bustling population, restaurants, shops and galleries, making this a pleasant and leisurely day. Today Chef Nimal and Paul will put on a luncheon cooking class to demonstrate the local lamprais – a great treat. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Accommodation: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle

DAY 12
Monday 29 February 2016
Galle – Lunuganga (B/L)

Visit the Lunuganga estate, the former country home of Geoffrey Bawa. Started in 1947, the garden led Bawa, originally a lawyer to the bar, to decide to become an architect. The garden in the estate here remained his muse and an experimental laboratory for new and exciting ideas. Explore the garden with Michael leading the charge. Lunch to be taken within the gardens.
Accommodation: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle

DAY 13
Tuesday 1 March 2016
Galle – Bentota (B/T)

Coastal drive this morning, passing coastal villages to Bentota, where our destination is Bevis Bawa’s Brief garden. The estate is located along the south coast in Bentota. Bevis, Geoffrey’s brother, also an architect and artist, designed and converted what was a rubber plantation, bequeathed to him by his mother in 1929, into the legendary garden it is today. It’s a magical world surrounded by a thick bamboo hedge. The garden is a private wonderland filled with nooks, alcoves and cloisters, and the house quite invisible with a roof completely concealed in white bougainvillea. Beautifully filled with sculptures by Bevis himself and his many artist friends, including Donald Friend, who went for a weekend and stayed for six years. The house also contains many artworks including a magnificent mural of Sri Lankan life by Donald Friend in the style of Chagall. Lunch will be served at the third of our Bawa hotel visits– the Bentota Beach Hotel.
Accommodation: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle

DAY 14
Wednesday 2 March 2016
Galle – Colombo (B)

After a leisurely morning at the hotel we drive to Colombo. This modern city still retains its old world charm in places. We check into the iconic-historic-colonial Galle Face Hotel located within the heart of Colombo, situated along the seafront facing the famous Galle Face Green. Built in 1864 the hotel reflect the grandeur of the British Colonial period and is one of the oldest hotels east of the Suez, renowned for warm Sri Lankan hospitality.
Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

DAY 15
Thursday 3 March 2016
Colombo (B/D)

Explore the commercial and historic hub of Colombo. The city tour will take in the sights – old city fort, Viharamahadevi Park, Hindu temple at Sea street, Dutch church at Wolfendal and the historial Davatagaha mosque. Drive past the Hulftsdorp Law Courts and Independence Square and Pettah, a noisy oriental bazaar with a mix of chaotic bargain shopping. Afternoon free for shopping for precious gems, clothing and antiques. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Gallery café situated within the former office of Geoffrey Bawa.
Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

DAY 16
Friday 4 March 2016
Colombo – Home (B)

Day at leisure. We have arranged a late checkout. Evening transfer to the airport.

DAY 17
Saturday 5 March 2016
Arrive Home

Evening arrival into Australia.

Coucals Cottage, Queensland

Coucals Cottage, Queensland

 

This spacious double brick family home set in the hinterland of Brisbane includes:
3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
Fully equipped kitchen
Lounge room, Dining area & Breakfast area
Rumpus Room
Laundry
Car Port and a huge covered verandah
Fully air-conditioned
IDEALLY SITUATED
30 kilometres from Brisbane CBD
40 minutes to Brisbane Airport
1 hour to the Gold Coast & Toowoomba
2 hours to Sunshine Coast
With 2 acres of landscaped gardens plus 2 acres maintained bushland

‘Coucals’ of Mount Crosby is situated 30 km west of Brisbane, Australia in the D’Aquilar ranges.
The 2 acre gardens, have been landscaped using 200 tonnes of Helidon sandstone.  The raised garden beds are flanked by 30 metre Spotted Gums and many other native trees originally situated on the property.
Jim and Jan Flanigan bought the property in 1980 where they built a house and raised 2 children.
In 1998 after a trip to the Butchart Gardens, Jan started to seriously garden, previously growing orchids in bush houses and planting shade trees.
These gardens have been created by Jim and Jan with just the aid of a Bob Cat machine to move some of the larger rocks. Jan designed and worked the gardens with Jim cutting rocks and building the many gazebos and seating areas.

A sloping hillside property with huge gums and views of the D’Aguilar ranges.
A variety of gardens incorporating various themes displaying a wide range of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate planting that is unified by the natural sandstone edging. Visitors can discover these garden areas via meandering paths and steps leading you on a journey of discovery, or quiet contemplation should you wish to sit in one of the many seating areas and just take in the bird calls, perfumes and natural beauty of the bush land setting.

The gardens include:

2 Rose Gardens
Rainforest Walk
Circular Terraces
Conifer Walk
Ponds
Waterlily Lagoon
Bromeliad  & Orchid Garden
Succulent Garden
Gravel Garden
Orchid & Wisteria Courtyard
Palm Border
Gazebos
Seating areas
Olive Grove/Dry slope
100 metre Mixed Border
Waterfall garden
Fairy garden
Vegetable garden
Bulb terrace
Bambooserie

OUR CLIMATIC DETAILS
Brisbane enjoys a Sub-tropical climate with temperatures between 0-20 degrees Celsius in Winter which is May to August.  The rainfall is low during these winter months and our driest time is Spring which begins late AugustThe Summer rains start about October and go through to April.  It is most humid (60%-90%) between December to February.  Temperatures during this time are generally around the low 30 degrees Celsius with a night time temperature around 20 degrees Celsius.

Our autumn (March to May) is just a ‘cooling off’ period with most leaf and bark drop in early spring or during dry times.

India and Bhutan with Peter Whitehead

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1
Thursday 26 November 2015
Home – Kolkata (D)

Meet Ross Tour Leader Peter Whitehead at Sydney Airport for our flight to Kolkata. Rest of the day at leisure. Spend the next 2 nights in Kolkata.
Accommodation: Overnight in Kolkata

DAY 2
Friday 27 November 2015
Kolkata (B/L)

We’ll take a walking tour of North Kolkata to the Marble Palace, then Kumartuli, a potter’s village, Jorasanko, the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore, and finally the Jain Temple. Enjoy dinner cruise on Hooghly River.
Accommodation: Overnight in Kolkata

DAY 3
Saturday 28 November 2015
Kolkata – Guwahati (B/L/D)

Morning flight to Guwahati in beautiful Assam. Begin with a sightseeing tour. Visit Kamakhya temple on top of Nilachal Hill. Nobel Laureate Tragore’s ancestral home. See the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery before embarking on our cruise vessel. Set sail aboard our river boat, home for the next five nights.
Accommodation: Overnight on board

DAY 4
Sunday 29 November 2015
Cruise (B/L/D)

The day will be spent mostly cruising upstream with jungle-covered hills rising on either side. Time to pause and visit the north bank village of Khirakata, with its lush green fields of vegetables.
Accommodation: Overnight on board

DAY 5
Monday 30 November 2015
Cruise (B/L/D)

Leaving the hills behind, we will enjoy our first taste of the wilderness experience. See weavers at work in their homes and production of jaggary from sugar cane juice. Moor for the night with the Himalayas in view.
Accommodation: Overnight on board

DAY 6
Tuesday 1 December 2015
Cruise (B/L/D)

Today we’ll reach Tezpur, visit the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins. Explore the town by cycle rickshaw. Stop at Cole Park with medieval stone carvings, and pass by the bungalow where tea pioneer Alexander Bruce lived.
Accommodation: Overnight on board

DAY 7
Wednesday 2 December 2015
Cruise (B/L/D)

We drive to the Nameri NP at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh. Take a float trip down the Jia Bhoreli River through the park, while looking out for the great hornbills and wild elephant.
Accommodation: Overnight on board

DAY 8
Thursday 3 December 2015
Guwahati – Kaziranga (B/L/D)

Continue upstream to moor at Steemer Ghat. Disembark the ship onto the wild and untamed Kaziranga NP. Check into our lodge. After lunch we drive to Kaziranga’s Western Range for a jeep safari. Next 2 nights in Kaziranga.
Accommodation: Overnight in Kaziranga

DAY 9
Friday 4 December 2015
Kaziranga (B/L/D)

An early rise and adventure to Kaziranga’s Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, we think this is the best way to get really close to the rhinos. After breakfast drive to a Mising tribal village, then visit a tea estate. After lunch we take a jeep safari in the little visited Eastern Range.
Accommodation: Overnight in Kaziranga

DAY 10
Saturday 5 December 2015
Kaziranga – Siliguri (B)

Drive to Guwahati for our flight to Bagdogra. On arrival we will be met by local guide and drive to Siliguri.
Accommodation: Overnight in Siliguri

DAY 11
Sunday 6 December 2015
Darjeeling (B/L/D)

Travel to Darjeeling to experience the World Heritage Listed Toy Train, a beautiful blue British built steam locomotive on our Darjeeling Hill Rail trip. Afternoon walk to Observatory Hill and Bhutia Basti. Darjeeling for the next 2 nights.
Accommodation: Overnight in Darjeeling

DAY 12
Monday 7 December 2015
Darjeeling (B/L/D)

Early morning visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery, After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park and Tibetan Refuge Centre.
Accommodation: Overnight in Darjeeling

DAY 13
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Darjeeling – Paro, Bhutan (B/D)

Drive to Bagdogra Airport for flight from Bagdogra to Paro. The flight into Bhutan is one of a kind giving us a taste of our upcoming adventure. Look down over the Himalayan ranges. Meet our local guide who will take us to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Dinner in a local restaurant. Thimphu Hotel for 2 nights.
Accommodation: Thimphu Hotel, Paro

DAY 14
Wednesday 9 December 2015
Thimphu (B/D)

We explore Thimpu’s cultural sites. See the world’s largest book in the National Library and Folk Heritage Museum. We’ll walk to the revered National Memorial chorten and the lively weekend market.
Accommodation: Thimphu Hotel, Paro

DAY 15
Thursday 10 December 2015
Thimphu – Trongsa (B/D)

This morning we drive to Dochu-la pass to view the high Himalayan peaks towards the north east. Stop at Wangduephodrang town for lunch, then continue on to Tongsa across Pele-la pass. Stop en route at Chendebji Chorten. Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon.
Accommodation: Overnight at Trongsa

DAY 16
Friday 11 December 2015
Trongsa – Bumthang (B/D)

Walk by famous Trongsa Dzong, home to superb artworks and architecture. Drive to Bumthang over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m). After lunch visit Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang (7th century), Tamshing Monastery and Jakar Dzong.
Accommodation: Overnight at Bumthang

DAY 17
Saturday 12 December 2015
Bumthang – Punakha (B/D)

Explore the valley of Bumthang and Punakha, stopping along the way at Tongsa for lunch. Visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town en route to Punakha.
Accommodation: Overnight at Punakha

DAY 18
Sunday 13 December 2015
Punakha – Paro (B/D)

Morning visit to Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. The Dzong has withstood damage from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. Drive to charming Paro. Stay in Paro for 2 nights.
Accommodation: Overnight at Paro

DAY 19
Monday 14 December 2015
Paro (B/D)

Hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Temple. After lunch, we drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in the war of 1644. En route visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century, then visits to the National Museum, and Paro Dzong, built in 1646. Overnight in Paro.
Accommodation: Overnight at Paro

DAY 20
Tuesday 15 December 2015
Paro – Kolkata (B)

Morning flight back to Kolkata, India. On arrival we’ll be met and transferred to our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Accommodation: Overnight in Kolkata

DAY 21
Wednesday 16 December 2015
Kolkata – Home (B)

Our homeward bound journey starts today.

DAY 22
Thursday 17 December 2015
Arrive Home

Sensational Sabah with Libby Cameron

Itinerary

 

DAY 1
Thursday 11 June 2015
Home – Kuching

Meet your Ross Tour Leader, Libby Cameron at check-in. Depart Sydney for Kuching, capital of Sarawak State, Malaysia.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel, Kuching

DAY 2
Friday 12 June 2015
Kuching (B/L/D)

Morning city tour of Kuching, once the seat of the White Rajah dynasty where Malay, Chinese, Indian and British created a unique community.
Afternoon visit to Semenggoh Nature Reserve to see orang-utans in their natural environment and their afternoon feed.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel, Kuching

DAY 3
Saturday 13 June 2015
Sarawak Cultural Village (B/L/D)

Sarawak Cultural village is built on 17 acres on the edge of a beautiful lake. Here we get a good understanding of the major ethnic groups found in Sarawak namely the Bidayuh, Ibans, Orang Ulu, Melanau and Penans. Browse around the village and watch the locals cooking, demonstrating their skills in traditional handicrafts such as pua weaving and bamboo carving and making blow-pipes and other hunting instruments.
After lunch at Bayridge Restaurant we will relax back in our hotel before our evening Sarawak River Cruise (with light refreshments).
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel, Kuching

DAY 4
Sunday 14 June 2015
Kuching – Kota Kinabalu – Kinabalu Park (B/L/D)

A short flight this morning to Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah. After lunch we will travel over the Crocker Range to UNESCO World Heritage Kinabalu Park. Established as a state park in 1964, this botanical paradise emcompasses four climate zones. Stop at the Nabalu hilltop market to buy local fruit and handicrafts.
Accommodation: Kinabalu Pine Resort, Kota Kinabalu

DAY 5
Monday 15 June 2015
Poring (B/L/D)

Back into Kinabalu Park this morning. Mt. Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia at 4095m (13431 feet). Enjoy the cool air as we trek around the foothills to learn about the unique plants of Borneo including the carnivorous Nepenthes, rhododendrons & orchids.
In the lowland dipterocarp forest at Poring we will traverse the rainforest through the tree tops on the Canopy walkway 35m above ground level. We can take a dip in the Poring Hot Springs or we can bathe in the cool river pools. Hopefully we will see the world’s largest flower, the elusive Rafflesia.
Accommodation: Kinabalu Pine Resort, Kota Kinabalu

DAY 6
Tuesday 16 June 2015
Kinabalu Park – Sukau (B/L/D)

Travel through the heart of Sabah today from Kundasang in the mountains to Sukau on the Kinbatangan River. Relax in the tranquil surroundings of our lodge accommodation.
Accommodation: Kinabatangan River Lodge, Sukau

DAY 7
Wednesday 17 June 2015
Sukau (B/L/D)

Dawn and dusk cruises are our treats today as we explore the Kinabantangan River. We will be watching for hornbills, wild monkeys including the remarkable Proboscis monkey and orang-utans in the wild. Our boat will navigate the narrow Menanggul River to enjoy the best bird watching. Bring your binoculars!
Accommodation: Kinabatangan River Lodge, Sukau

DAY 8
Thursday 18 June 2015
Sukai – Abai (B/L/D)

Travel by boat downstream to Abai Village. We will participate in a re-forestation project this afternoon along with the locals.
Settle into our hotel before an evening walk in search of frogs and fireflies.
Accommodation: Abai Village Lodge, Abai

DAY 9
Friday 19 June 2015
Abai – Sandakan (B/L/D)

A morning river cruise to Sandakan. Visit Agnes Keith House Museum, the restored heritage quarters of the British Colonial Government called “Newlands”. Lunch today is a grand affair at the adjacent English Tea House overlooking Sandakan Bay.
Visit Sandakan War Memorial on the original POW camp where thousands of Australian and British POW’s died in WW2.
Accommodation: Sepilok Nature Resort, Sandakan

DAY 10
Saturday 20 June 2015
Sandakan – Kota Kinabalu (B/L)

Morning visit to the famous Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre to watch them feed and learn about the rehabilitation of orphaned orang-utans.
After lunch we transfer to Sandakan airport for a flight back to Kota Kinabalu.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu

DAY 11
Sunday 21 June 2015
Kota Kinabalu (B/L)

Start the day at the Sunday Gaya Street Fair then an orientation of historic landmarks including the State & City Mosque, University grounds and Kingfisher residential area. Another treat this afternoon in a beautiful private garden. Wander the waterfront this evening to sample food in the various stalls and cafes.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu

DAY 12
Monday 22 June 2015
Kota Kinabalu – Keningau (B/L/D)

Head south this morning over the Crocker Range into the beautiful Tambunan Valley. This is farming country with rugged mountain backdrop. Stop at the Tambunan Rafflesia Centre. Check into our hotel with dinner then wander through the night markets.
Accommodation: Hotel Juta, Keningau

DAY 13
Tuesday 23 June 2015
Tenom (B/D)

Tenom Agricultural park is a paradise for plant lovers filled with all the heliconias, gingers, bouganvilleas and tropical shrubs you could dream about.There are 21 gardens including a ‘living crop’ museum, an evolution garden, orchid houses and pitcher plants.
Accommodation: Hotel Juta, Keningau

DAY 14
Wednesday 24 June 2015
Keningau – Kota Kinabalu (B/D)

Travel back to Kota Kinabalu via Tambunan with a stop at Kipandi Butterfly Farm to see an exquisite collection of orchids, pitcher plants and hoyas, insects and butterflies.
Accommodation: Shangrila Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu

DAY 15
Thursday 25 June 2015
Kota Kinabalu (B/D)

Free day for optional tours or just relax in our resort hotel. Farewell dinner tonight at Shangrila Tanjung Aru Resort.
Accommodation: Shangrila Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu

DAY 16
Friday 26 June 2015
Kota Kinabalu – Home (B)

Mid morning transfer to airport for return flight to Singapore and connecting with overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 17
Saturday 27 June 2015
Home

Arrive home today.

 

Brickendon Colonial Farm Village Cottages

Brickendon Colonial Farm Village Cottages

 

Brickendon Estate offers guests an extraordinary experience of staying on a World Heritage Site in an original convict built cottage.

The Coachmans and Gardeners cottages were built by convict labour during the 1830s and have been restored to offer an authentic colonial experience. Deep old fashioned baths, antique furnishings and private cottage gardens, these cottages are the closest cottages you will find to times gone by but with modern conveniences. Located in the magnificent Heritage Gardens of Brickendon, both cottages offer unique features that will make your visit to Brickendon complete.

Brickendon’s Farm cottages are a wonderful alternative to the colonial cottages. Constructed with recycled materials and traditional building techniques, the three farm cottages ooze personality and invite guests to relax and unwind from their busy lives. With great views over the farm, a short walk to Brickendon’s World Heritage listed convict built Farm Village and a stroll to the river, these cottages provide a real home away from home. Ideal for either couples, families or groups the farm cottages are often visited by a wandering turkey or rooster and it is not uncommon to see a hen with her numerous chickens passing by. The friendly farm animals are close by so come and enjoy life on the farm.

When planning your holiday – it is worthwhile thinking about travelling distances as Brickendon is within one hours drive of most places in Northern Tasmania and only two hours from Hobart and the East Coast. Use us as a base and enjoy coming home at night to your private cosy cottage.

Historic Cottages

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The historic Gardeners Cottage was brought back to life in 1991 and offers guests a private cosy cottage featuring the original open fire, bread oven and recycled convict bricks around a deep old fashioned bath. Enjoy the delights of the quaint cottage garden while sipping a complimentary port on the verandah – you may even be visited by some passing sheep! Sleeps 2. See more

 

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The historic Coachmans Cottage reflects a time of romance and wealth. Being regarded as the top servant, the Coachman’s lodgings were the most extensive and guests now days have many comforts. An open fire to sit in front and sip your complimentary port, antique furnishings, two upstairs and one ground floor bedrooms, a deep old fashioned bath and a delightful private cottage garden to enjoy the sounds of the evening. Sleeps 6. See more

 

Farm accommodation at Brickendon

In our rustic farm cottages you can wake up, look out across the paddocks and enjoy the sounds of our farm animals. What a contrast from city life!

  • 130_3084.JPG1_thumbPea in a Pod Cottage

    Very cute and very compact, Pea in a Pod is perfect for solo travellers or couples. See more

    Sleeps: 2

     

     

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    Pumpkin Cottage is our delightful one bedroom Farm Cottage overlooking the lush English style countryside and only a short stroll to the Macquarie River renowned for its excellent trout fishing. See more

    Sleeps: 4

     

  • 115_15751_thumb_1Sweetcorn Cottage

    What a perfect way to enjoy the company of friends or family. Sweetcorn Farm cottage can sleep up to 7 guests in two bedrooms and enjoys fabulous views over the farm. See more

    Sleeps: 7

Hoshinoya Karuizawa

Hoshinoya Karuizawa

 

Hoshinoya Karuizawa is a boutique high country resort only one hour from Tokyo by bullet train. Relax in steaming onsen (hot springs baths) and with Japanese traditional massage and healing, enjoy beautiful birds and local wildlife, including flying squirrels, and hike to nearby Sengataki Falls.

Riverside villas are located along the river, extending out over the water. Many rooms have their own private miniature Japanese garden courtyard.

HOSHINOYA Karuizawa
Address:
Hoshino, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun,
Nagano,389-0194
Tel: +81-(0)50-3786-0066 (8:00~21:00)
星のや 軽井沢
〒389-0194 長野県北佐久郡軽井沢町星野

Rosetta House, Durban

Rosetta House, Durban

 

Rosetta House is a gracious Edwardian homestead which has been beautifully restored and successfully established since 1998.

This is where perfect location, fine food, abundant hospitality and attention to detail are keynotes of a memorable stay.

 

Accommodation:
Four luxury en-suite bedrooms (three with own entrance and patio)

All rooms are bright and airy and beautifully decorated with a tasteful blend of specially selected antique and modern pieces.

 

All Rooms:

  • Serviced daily
  • Complimentary (free) Wi-Fi.
  • Flatscreen TV
  • MNET and own DSTV decoder offering The Lodge Bouquet and CNN
  • Ceiling Fan (3 rooms)
  • Low-Energy (Green) Airconditioning (all rooms)
  • Tea/Coffee facilities
  • Fridge
  • Clock radio
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Safety deposit box

 

Local area:

We offer well-lit, off-street parking and are centrally located in exclusive Morningside (adjacent to the Berea) with easy access to:

  • Florida Road (2 min)
  • International Convention Centre (10 to 15 min)
  • Major sports venues (5 to 10 min)
    (Rugby, Cricket, Golf; Horse Racing)
  • King Shaka International Airport (34 km / 35 min)
  • Beaches (5 min)
  • Clifton School, Durban Prep. and Gordon Road Girls’ School (2 to 5 min)
  • uShaka Marine World (15 min)

Redbrow Garden and Guesthouse, Murrumbateman

Redbrow Garden and Guesthouse, Murrumbateman

 

Located 20 minutes drive from north Canberra, and close to many acclaimed wineries and gourmet restaurants, Redbrow Garden is an ideal retreat for discerning Australian and international visitors to the Canberra region.

Our every aim is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment while you share the delights of Redbrow Garden and the local area with us.

Redbrow Garden is a 20 minute drive through scenic farmland to Australia’s national icons including the National Museum, Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery. It can also simply be the place for you to relax, rejuvenate and unwind. Take an early morning bushwalk to hear the songsters of the Australian bush, pick in season berries and fruit from the extensive garden or float silently amongst the reeds on the nearby lagoon. Lounge lazily with a good book in a garden nook, or converse with the farm’s inquisitive alpacas, Pedro and Amigo, or the dozen “Redbrow Girls” who provide your eggs each day.

We have four spacious, individual lakeside ensuite rooms. Designated by one of the common bird species in the garden and tastefully decorated with views of the garden’s thriving wetland habitat, all rooms have a large en suite with double showers and toiletries and are air conditioned/heated.

A room bar fridge is stocked with complimentary drinks. There is also a separate guest lounge with a TV, fridge, crockery, cutlery, microwave, electric frypan, electric wok and rice cooker.

The 3 bedroom self contained self contained Guesthouse is privately attached to the main homestead and has:

  • 2 bedrooms each with 2 single beds
  • A Master bedroom with a king bed, space for additional beds if needed in adjoining room
  • Large lounge area with enclosed fireplace
  • New fully equipped kitchen
  • Bathroom (2 additional toilets available nearby)
  • Parking at the rear entrance of the guesthouse.

Plentiful breakfast provisions are included in your tariff and include a selection of cereals, fruit, fruit juice, fresh eggs from the “Redbrow Girls”, bacon and sausages, teas, coffee and milo, a bread selection and condiments (including home made jams) plus a freshly baked item daily.

The Boomerangs at Johanna

The Boomerangs at Johanna

 

The Boomerangs at Johanna is Great Ocean Road luxury accommodation which is quintessentially Australian. Three award winning boomerang shaped cottages, each with 2 bedrooms, offer guests a truly memorable experience. Set within three acres of magical, landscaped gardens they provide guests with sensational, forest, valley and ocean views. Very quiet and very private. Architecturally designed, the cottages blend with the natural surroundings. Birdlife is prolific and privacy is assured. There is nothing like this in the rest of Australia.

This is an accommodation experience a little out of the ordinary. Come down and put your feet up and take in the spectacular views. Do nothing, go for walks on the beach, visit some of our local attractions, have a BBQ, dine out at a local restaurant or have a massage in the comfort of your own cottage. Free Wifi is available so you can stay in touch if need be. We recommend a stay of at least 2 nights. Anything less will disappoint. The Boomerangs is wheelchair accessible accommodation.

Located in the Great Otway National Park and midway along the Great Ocean Road on the Great Ocean Walk, The Boomerangs at Johanna are perfectly positioned to enable customers to take full advantage of all that the Otways and the Great Ocean Road have to offer. The Great Ocean Walk weaves its way along this rugged and beautiful Victorian coastline in Australia for 91 spectacular kilometres. Base yourself at The Boomerangs to explore sections or all of this incredible walk. Recover each evening in luxury accommodation and ready yourself for the following day’s activity.

Temperate rainforests and waterfalls, exquisite walks, deserted beaches, the 12 Apostles, the Otway Fly and the Cape Otway Lightstation are all just a short drive away. At home in the cottages – let nature reveal herself to you! Of course, natural attractions are not all that’s on offer down here. There are some great towns nearby which have some fantastic cafes and restaurants and shops of all description. Lavers Hill, which is just a few minutes away has numerous cafes where you can get a great cooked breakfast and superb coffee.

Kamahi Cottage, Otorohanga

Kamahi Cottage, Otorohanga

 

Whether you prefer the privacy of your very own self-contained romantic cottage or you’d like to join us over a meal in the homestead, the choice is yours.

Spend a night for a treat, plan a weekend escape or stay longer to relax, unwind and discover our exciting local attractions.

The valley views are breath taking, the location serene and totally private and the setting a beautiful country garden.

As New Zealand’s only 5-Star farm stay, we provide all the extras you expect from a luxury lodge. If you’d like to end your day with dinner delivered to the cottage, or you have a special occasion to celebrate, we can prepare a gourmet dinner complimented with fine New Zealand wines. (Please advise us early to avoid disappointment).

Relax and experience our wonderful scenery and local attractions. (We’re 30 minutes from Waitomo and 15 minutes from Otorohanga.) There’s so much to do in the Waitomo & Otorohanga area – Black Water Rafting, cave abseiling (rappelling), glowworm cave eco-tours, the Otorohanga Kiwi House, horse riding, walking trails, trout fishing, golf, farm and garden tours.

Quick facts:

– Single party occupancy – up to 4 guests

– Family friendly – we welcome children of all ages

– Rates include full gourmet breakfasts

– Queen bedroom upstairs

– Stylish Danish-design sofa converts to a super comfy double bed downstairs

– Modern downstairs lounge and dining area

– Spacious modern bathroom

– Fully equipped kitchenette (ideal for self-catering)

– FREE WiFi available in our home – it’s a short walk through the garden

– Complimentary fresh flowers and exclusive Linden Leaves toiletries, home baked treats, freshly ground coffee, tea assortments, port (and Evan’s potent and delicious home-distilled schnapps!)

– Gourmet dinners by prior arrangement (extra charges apply)

Chorleywood B&B, Burradoo

Chorleywood B&B, Burradoo

 

Chorleywood B&B in Burradoo in the NSW Southern Highlands features a spacious, detached, private cottage with its own entrance.

The cottage contains a double bed (or twins), ensuite bathroom, with fluffy towels and all linen supplied.

Cool in summer, and cosily heated for those colder evenings, relax in comfortable lounges and enjoy TV, music, or reading magazines and books.

A fully equipped kitchen, with stove, fridge, microwave and all utensils, allows you to make your own meals during your stay.

Of course, at Chorleywood a generous breakfast hamper is provided with country fresh provisions to start your day: cereals, breads, ham, eggs, tomatoes, milk, plunger coffee and a range of teas.

Burradoo, established about one and a quarter centuries ago, is today an elegant residential area adjacent to Bowral, in the centre of the Southern Highlands.

Long favoured as a country retreat by generations of city folk, Burradoo’s leafy streets and lanes, grand houses, and magnificent gardens have their own very special attraction for the modern visitor.

Bowral, with its many cafes and excellent restaurants is just a fifteen minute walk away.

However, our guests often prefer to cook in the kitchen, serve a gourmet take-away and relax and dine in the cottage, or if you prefer – in the main house’s elegant dining room nearby.

Or better still, feel free to join your host Sue Hawick pottering around in the garden, or just spend some time in quiet reflection on one of the many benches and seats among the beautiful garden beds and trees and watch the abundant native birdlife.

A morning or evening stroll around the nearby picturesque streets of Burradoo is a local custom you will not be able to resist.

Sue will be happy to offer information about local attractions, and can help organise intineraries for sightseeing, golf, bushwalking, shopping, and assist with transport – to and from the train station, or while you are enjoying your getaway in the Highlands. Or, if you choose, offer a private and quiet environment for you to enjoy during your stay.

– Outstanding garden

– Internet Available

– Close to winery

– Close to restaurant

– No smoking on property

British Isles, Castles, Gardens, History and Birdlife Cruise

11 Days (10 nights) – London to Edinburgh

Day 1. Arrive London and Embark Ship

On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Portsmouth (12.30 pm from the pre-cruise hotel or 1.00 pm from Victoria Coach Terminal) to board the MS Island Sky, your floating home for the next 10 nights.
Stay: Ten Nights: Aboard the luxurious small ship, the MS Island Sky
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Isles of Scilly and Tresco

Today you will cruise amid the beautiful Isles of Scilly, an idyllic archipelago off Great Britain’s southwestern tip. Disembark on the Island of Tresco, considered by many to be the most attractive of the islands. It is leased by the Dorrien-Smith family, who have created a wonderful 40-acre sub-tropical garden near their Tresco Abbey home. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent gardens, now internationally known as one of the finest examples of sub-tropical flora and fauna in the Northern Hemisphere. During your time here, you’ll also have the opportunity to go for a relaxing stroll along the traffic-free lanes of the island, and wander along one of the lovely white-sand beaches where the sea colour has more in common with the Aegean than the North Atlantic. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Dunmore East, Freedom of Choice Touring

Your ship will arrive this evening at the picturesque fishing village of Dunmore East in County Waterford on Ireland’s southeastern coast. From here, you’ll travel to Mount Congreve Gardens, a vast and visually inspiring woodland garden set on the banks of the River Suir. Measuring around 70 acres, this privately-owned property features a four-acre walled garden. Later, choose from two touring options. You might like to drive to Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s most historic and attractive cities, where you will tour the Kilkenny Castle and design centre. Or, perhaps remain in County Waterford and visit Lismore Castle, which features the oldest continually cultivated gardens in Ireland, followed by a tour of the world-famous Waterford Crystal Factory.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Dublin, Freedom of Choice Touring

Arrive in Dublin Bay and enter the mouth of the River Liffey. From here, you have a choice of activities. Perhaps travel by coach into Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains and visit the gardens of Powerscourt and Mount Usher, or perhaps visit the private garden of botanical author, Helen Dillon and Mt Usher, or enjoy time at leisure to explore Dublin.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Welsh Gardens, Freedom of Choice Touring

This morning after breakfast, you’ll cruise to the Welsh Coast. Here, choose from a tour of Portmeirion village and its gardens, or perhaps visit the gardens of nearby Plas Brondanw, the family home of Clough Williams-Ellis. Then drive through the famous Snowdonia region to Bodnant Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in the United Kingdom. Spanning some 80 acres, the garden is set above the River Conwy and offers views to the Snowdonia range. Spend the afternoon strolling through the upper garden with its terraces and informal lawns, then continue into the wild garden of the lower section, formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn. In the evening, you will return to your ship for dinner back on board.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Belfast and Mount Stewart

Disembark your luxurious small ship in Belfast and enjoy a sightseeing city tour. Later, visit Mount Stewart, an 18th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland. Planted in the 1920s by Lady Londonderry, the beautiful gardens today are owned by The National Trust and are of significant international importance.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Isle of Jura, Isle of Gigha, Achamore House and Gardens

Cruise to the Isle of Jura, where you’ll have the option to visit a 200-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery or perhaps enjoy a walk. This afternoon, cruise to the Isle of Gigha. Privately owned by its 120 inhabitants, the island landscape consists of heather-covered hills, deserted sandy beaches, clear green seas and just one single-lane road. Here, wander through the gardens of Achamore House. Laid out by Sir James Horlick from 1944, this stunning garden boasts a wonderful collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and exotic plants.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Isle of Iona, Isle of Mull and Duart Castle

Cruise to the Isle of Iona, a place of tranquillity and natural beauty, where more than 40 Scottish Kings, as well as Kings from Ireland, France and Norway are buried. Explore the elaborate and well-preserved Iona Abbey, and perhaps take a short walk to the Bay at the Back of the Ocean. Next, we set off to the Isle of Mull and Tobermory for a visit to Duart Castle, a 13th-century clifftop castle surrounded by the Millennium Wood – a superb collection of indigenous trees and shrubs planted in the year 2000.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Inverewe Gardens

Today you’ll cruise past the Isle of Skye and The Minch. Afterwards, your ship will drop anchor and you’ll enjoy a zodiac ride to one of Scotland’s premier gardens, Inverewe. Set on the coast among the north-west Scottish Highlands and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens of the region, this botanical garden presents an amazing collection of exotic trees and shrubs that are sheltered by well-positioned windbreaks of native pine. Wander through the incredible gardens, covering some 49 acres, where you have the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of over 2,500 exotic plants and flowers.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Aberdeen and Crathes Castle

Cruising along Scotland’s east coast, over the waters of the North Sea, today you’ll arrive at Aberdeen. Disembark and travel by coach through Royal Deeside, the picturesque valley of the River Dee. Absorb the lovely scenery as you head to Crathes Castle. This magical 16th-century castle is renowned for its 240 hectares of incredible landscaped grounds and formal gardens. Here, take in the cinematic Scottish countryside as you explore the garden and surrounding woodlands. Back on board, enjoy an afternoon at sea before a special Farewell Dinner this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Disembark Ship and Depart Edinburgh

After breakfast, disembark the MS Island Sky in Edinburgh.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

 

British Isles, Castles, Gardens, History and Birdlife Cruise

Day 1. Arrive London and Embark Ship

On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Portsmouth (12.30 pm from the pre-cruise hotel or 1.00 pm from Victoria Coach Terminal) to board the MS Island Sky, your floating home for the next 10 nights.

Ten Nights: Aboard the luxurious small ship, the MS Island Sky. (D)

Day 2. Isles of Scilly and Tresco

Today you will cruise amid the beautiful Isles of Scilly, an idyllic archipelago off Great Britain’s southwestern tip. Disembark on the Island of Tresco, considered by many to be the most attractive of the islands. It is leased by the Dorrien-Smith family, who have created a wonderful 40-acre sub-tropical garden near their Tresco Abbey home. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent gardens, now internationally known as one of the finest examples of sub-tropical flora and fauna in the Northern Hemisphere. During your time here, you’ll also have the opportunity to go for a relaxing stroll along the traffic-free lanes of the island, and wander along one of the lovely white-sand beaches where the sea colour has more in common with the Aegean than the North Atlantic. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner. (BLD)

Day 3. Dunmore East, Freedom of Choice Touring

Your ship will arrive this evening at the picturesque fishing village of Dunmore East in County Waterford on Ireland’s southeastern coast. From here, you’ll travel to Mount Congreve Gardens, a vast and visually inspiring woodland garden set on the banks of the River Suir. Measuring around 70 acres, this privately-owned property features a four-acre walled garden. Later, choose from two touring options. You might like to drive to Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s most historic and attractive cities, where you will tour the Kilkenny Castle and design centre. Or, perhaps remain in County Waterford and visit Lismore Castle, which features the oldest continually cultivated gardens in Ireland, followed by a tour of the world-famous Waterford Crystal Factory. (BLD)

Day 4. Dublin, Freedom of Choice Touring

Arrive in Dublin Bay and enter the mouth of the River Liffey. From here, you have a choice of activities. Perhaps travel by coach into Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains and visit the gardens of Powerscourt and Mount Usher, or perhaps visit the private garden of botanical author, Helen Dillon and Mt Usher, or enjoy time at leisure to explore Dublin. (BD)

Day 5. Welsh Gardens, Freedom of Choice Touring

This morning after breakfast, you’ll cruise to the Welsh Coast. Here, choose from a tour of Portmeirion village and its gardens, or perhaps visit the gardens of nearby Plas Brondanw, the family home of Clough Williams-Ellis. Then drive through the famous Snowdonia region to Bodnant Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in the United Kingdom. Spanning some 80 acres, the garden is set above the River Conwy and offers views to the Snowdonia range. Spend the afternoon strolling through the upper garden with its terraces and informal lawns, then continue into the wild garden of the lower section, formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn. In the evening, you will return to your ship for dinner back on board. (BLD)

Day 6. Belfast and Mount Stewart

Disembark your luxurious small ship in Belfast and enjoy a sightseeing city tour. Later, visit Mount Stewart, an 18th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland. Planted in the 1920s by Lady Londonderry, the beautiful gardens today are owned by The National Trust and are of significant international importance. (BLD)

Day 7. Isle of Jura, Isle of Gigha, Achamore House and Gardens

Cruise to the Isle of Jura, where you’ll have the option to visit a 200-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery or perhaps enjoy a walk. This afternoon, cruise to the Isle of Gigha. Privately owned by its 120 inhabitants, the island landscape consists of heather-covered hills, deserted sandy beaches, clear green seas and just one single-lane road. Here, wander through the gardens of Achamore House. Laid out by Sir James Horlick from 1944, this stunning garden boasts a wonderful collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and exotic plants. (BLD)

Day 8. Isle of Iona, Isle of Mull and Duart Castle

Cruise to the Isle of Iona, a place of tranquillity and natural beauty, where more than 40 Scottish Kings, as well as Kings from Ireland, France and Norway are buried. Explore the elaborate and well-preserved Iona Abbey, and perhaps take a short walk to the Bay at the Back of the Ocean. Next, we set off to the Isle of Mull and Tobermory for a visit to Duart Castle, a 13th-century clifftop castle surrounded by the Millennium Wood – a superb collection of indigenous trees and shrubs planted in the year 2000. (BLD)

Day 9. Inverewe Gardens

Today you’ll cruise past the Isle of Skye and The Minch. Afterwards, your ship will drop anchor and you’ll enjoy a zodiac ride to one of Scotland’s premier gardens, Inverewe. Set on the coast among the north-west Scottish Highlands and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens of the region, this botanical garden presents an amazing collection of exotic trees and shrubs that are sheltered by well-positioned windbreaks of native pine. Wander through the incredible gardens, covering some 49 acres, where you have the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of over 2,500 exotic plants and flowers. (BLD)

Day 10. Aberdeen and Crathes Castle

Cruising along Scotland’s east coast, over the waters of the North Sea, today you’ll arrive at Aberdeen. Disembark and travel by coach through Royal Deeside, the picturesque valley of the River Dee. Absorb the lovely scenery as you head to Crathes Castle. This magical 16th-century castle is renowned for its 240 hectares of incredible landscaped grounds and formal gardens. Here, take in the cinematic Scottish countryside as you explore the garden and surrounding woodlands. Back on board, enjoy an afternoon at sea before a special Farewell Dinner this evening. (BLD)

Day 11. Disembark Ship and Depart Edinburgh.

After breakfast, disembark the MS Island Sky in Edinburgh. (B)