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Doolan's Country Retreat

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165 Dalbeth Rd, RD 2, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for just 1 night and it was one of the best BnB we have stayed at. Christine made us feel warm and welcome and nothing was too much trouble for her. Beds were great and everything very clean and tidy. Its a short drive into town for dinner (15min). Being out of town you... More 

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Marysville, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Even though this B&B was a bit out of Rotorua it was wonderful. We were a little concerned when we were going up the long, windy single track driveway and glad it was during the daylight hours. It was so worth it. The views, setting, decor, food and gracious hostess were all we could have wished for. Christine helped us... More 

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Tampa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

We planned a night in Rotorua to see the Thermal springs and Maori heritage sites. We chose this B&B as a base for those visits based on Tripadvisor recommendations. True to the reviews, the B&B is simply beautiful. Christine is a wonderful hostess and takes exceptionally good care of her guests. We enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Stayed here only for 1 night but would have loved to stay here for a lot more. Right from the moment we landed in Rotorua, we could feel Christine's hospitality as she offered us to drive and pick us up from the town as we didn't have our transport then. The property is a bit of a drive from the... More 

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Aylesbury
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

Great welcome from Christine to her beautiful tastefully furnished home. Within easy reach of Rotorua yet well off the beaten track on a magnificent site at the end of a long floral drive. With views over the whole of the area and only bird song it really is idylic espescially as advertised there is no smell in the vicinity unlike... More 

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Buckinghamshire
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5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

We were Christine’s last guests before Christmas 2011 and what a wonderful welcome she gave us. We did mention to Christine that we had thought ‘Doolan’s Country Retreat’ was quite a grandiose name for a B&B but, having been there, it is very much a country retreat. It’s a little off the beaten track, with a wonderful meandering road up... More 

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Rotorua
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

I had the possibility to stay again at Doolan's country retreat. Christine is a great hostess and spoiled me every day with a lovely breakfast including fresh fruit platter, different sorts of bread, tea and cereals and the best homemade jams!! All her rooms are beautiful decorated and you feel home as soon as you have entered her house. And... More 

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Shoreview, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

If I had to describe Doolan's Country Retreat in one word it would be "home." Christine is a very gracious host and I felt at home the two days I spent staying in her retreat. Christine takes pride in her home and gardens. I was treated to a guided tour of the garden by Christine. The bedrooms are located away... More 

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Manotick, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Upon arriving at Doolan's we were greeted by a family of quails and soon learned that there were several quail families and other wildlife on the grounds. We also had the pleasure of being greeted by a small herd of donkeys that proved to be very entertaining. Our too short stay at Christine's homestay included sumptuous meals, glorious night skies,... More 

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Wachtberg, Germany
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

We stayed at Doolan's for 3 nights and could not have found a more perfect spot or such a warm welcome. The views are incredible and the grounds are just beautiful. Christine is a superb host and ensured that we enjoyed every minute of our stay. If you're looking for a stopover in Rotorua that's conveniently close to all the... More 

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