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Travel News: June

Fiordland, New Zealand

Celebrating the best of British Breakfasts

The annual AA B&B Awards featured a new breakfast of the Year category for 2019, at last recognising that the best breakfasts to be found are at Britain's traditional B&Bs.

The winners were:

Breakfast of the Year: Scotland

Craigmhor Lodge and Courtyard, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross 

Breakfast here focuses on fresh, local produce, and includes a continental buffet followed by a full cooked Scottish breakfast, all served in a light and airy dining room. The full Sottish breakfast features Ayrshire bacon, Stornoway black pudding, and free range Perthshire eggs; peat-smoked Buckie Haddock; and devilled mushrooms with wholemeal toast.

Breakfast of the Year: England

The Old House at Gotten Manor, Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Breakfast at The Old House is made form local organic produce, with the menu featuring homemade yogurt, salmon and scrambled eggs, organic sausages, compote and muesli, and smoothies.

Breakfast of the Year: Wales

Ramsey House, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire 

Ramsey House offers a full Welsh breakfast, featuring home-cured bacon, and eggs laid by Ramsey House hens. The cooked menu also includes the local speciality of homemade cockle and laverbread oatcakes served with a soft boiled egg and crispy bacon, and Ramsay House poached duck eggs on toasted rich butter brioche with truffle butter. Guests can also opt for homemade bread, homemade preserves and marmalades, homemade museli and more. 

Play Lord and Lady at Pickwell

Beautiful Pickwell Manor, set in six acres of grounds on the North Devon coastline, is for the first time offering guests the chance to play Lord and Lady of the manor as you take over the main house for that special occasion.

The main house offers group bookings for up to 27 people across four apartments.

You'll also get sole use of the 45ft long ballroom and the adjoining snug with its well-equipped kitchen and lounge areas. The ballroom has two large original, working fireplaces, or guests can catch a few rays on the Italian terrace overlooking rolling fields down to the ocean.

Pickwell Manor itself overlooks the majestic Baggy Point and is only a short drive, or stroll across the fields, from the award-winning Putsborough Sands, as well as the other local beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde. 

Group bookings are available on selected dates to December 1, with arrival from 4pm on Friday and departure at 6pm on Sunday. Total cost for the main house for the weekend is £3000. Two dogs are allowed in the new apartment,

Find out more:

For more information, tel: 01271 890110,website:

In the footsteps of Captain Cook

New Zealand in Depth has launched a new experience for guests to step back in the time and embark on an adventure into remote areas of Dusky Sound explored by Captain Cook, while supporting vital conservation work to bring back the call of 'endemic' bird special- those found only in a defined area, 

Designed to celebrate the history and nature of the remote south-west corner of New Zealand's South Island, it transports guests to the time of Captain Cook's arrival in the region in 1773 when he sought refuge here after 123 days battling storms in the icy Southern Ocean. 

After a helicopter flight over the Fiordland region, home for the trip is the MV Flightless, a 27 metre ex-Nay expedition vessel with international survey equipment, water-maker, diesel stove, air-conditioning and three bathrooms. It also has a huge back deck with dining table for communal meals of venison or crayfish or paua, the seafood caught within metres of the boat.

Hidden away from many of the main tourist routes and not accessible by road, the adventure takes guests to some of the most remote valleys and mountain ridges of Fiordland that have remained unchanged for centuries.

The Conservation Adventure starts from Te Anau where guests board a helicopter over Fiordland to Dusky Sound. From here guests join the Flightless as she embarks on a four-day adventure through the steep U-shaped Fiord. It is guaranteed to be a small group with a maximum of 12, with a minimum of three crew to oversee the adventure.

Available in June and October, a four-day/three-night conservation focused trip costs from £1900 per person and is recommended as part of a wider New Zealand adventure. This includes one and a half days hands on conservation work, two helicopter flights to and from the boat, and all food, guiding and activities on board. International flights not included. 

Find out more:

For more information, tel: 01298 74040, website:

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