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Top 10 modern B&Bs

Top 10 modern B&Bs
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When you think of a bed and breakfast (or a B&B), you think of fresh scones, a twee old lady and a big comfy doona, right? There's also a new kind of B&B that modernises the concept for the 21st century — still with that cosy appeal we know and love. We're talking gourmet brekkie hampers and breakfast-by-delivery in secluded chalets and beach houses you can rent all to yourselves. Our friends at have picked their top 10 modern B&Bs.
Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat, Noosa, QLD
Ever dreamed of owning a lake? Yes, owning your very own lake. That's the kind of feeling you get gazing over the waters of Lake Weyba at Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat. It's a modern lake house with B&B sensibilities like a nice brekkie hamper, a cottage-style frontage and a generously cushioned living space.
By The Beach B and B Holiday Apartments, Jervis Bay, NSW
Now for a mix of a more traditional B&B experience and a modern private retreat, this Sanctuary Point sanctuary is made up of classic bed and breakfast rooms as well as three self-contained beachfront apartments. Linger around the bush and bay feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
Musk Creek Hollow, Daylesford, VIC
With a creek in the back garden, and a Japanese aesthetic throughout, Musk Creek Hollow is a true romantic faraway cottage. Begin your day with a generous gourmet breakfast hamper, and end it feeling totally chilled after a day of massages and spas in Daylesford.
Maleny Views Cottage Resort, Montville, QLD
Pitched as a "home away from home", this country cottage offers the attractive options of breakfast, dinner, cheese platter and massage therapy packages. Add in some super-duper mountain, coast and garden views.
Blackwattle Luxury Retreats, Hunter Valley, NSW
These brand-spanking-new retreats are made up of two exclusive cottages on 28 serene acres of sun-kissed property. It's not your typical B&B, no siree, since it's smack bang in the middle of a boutique vineyard.
Window on the Otways, Lorne, VIC
Known as one of Victoria's most special getaways (also pictured at the top of this article), this self-contained spa cottage puts you right in the belly of nature, overlooking the breathtaking Great Otway National Park. Keep an eye out for the koalas.
at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat, Airlie Beach, QLD
This award-winning couples-only retreat ups the luxury ante. Not only is it completely private, on the shores of Airlie Beach and the Coral Sea, but it has daily services including room massage and beauty treatments, a tour booking agency and, yes, fresh linen! Now that's a boutique B&B, baby.
Bali at the Bay, Shoal Bay, NSW
Try this bed and breakfast, Balinese style. You may as well be in Bali itself, what with the lush gardens, ornate statues and fresh flowers. There's even candles and incense, if you're planning a proposal...or other romantic liaisons. The hosts generously provide fresh seafood platters and other nosh direct to your door.
Yoredale Cottage, Port Elliot, SA
Flip open the French doors and let the sunshine in! This cute cottage sits a stone's throw away from wineries, golf courses and great restaurants. Everything you need for a gorgeous gourmet country breakfast is provided, plus handmade local chocolates, a bottle of South Australian wine, and fresh fruit and flowers.
River Gardens, Margaret River, WA
Nosh on your continental breakfast while watching the sun stream into this luscious little bush hideaway. Part of a private home, this back-to-nature bed and breakfast keeps homely values and modern comfort in the same bed.

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