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Doolan's Country Retreat

165 Dalbeth Rd, RD 2, Rotorua, New Zealand
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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

I agree with almost every positive comment previous reviewers have offered. I echo the raves for the gorgeous house, incredible views and gardens, overwhelming hospitality, etc. If we ever return to Rotorua, we would stay there again without question. I give this B&B 4 stars because to me, 5 stars means "perfection" -- a place where I can find nothing... More 

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Centralia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

Christine, our host, has a beautiful, clean home on a hill outside of Ngongotaha, overlooking Lake Rotorua. When you arivie at Doolan's you immediately feel welcome . Not only is the home beautiful, but the gardens are as well. We found our host to be very helpful, and she made us feel at home. We caught trout in lake Rotorua... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

It is hardly surprising to see that other reviewers have given Doolan’s 100% excellent ratings. This is a marvellous place to stay. A remarkable setting, on a hilltop with views across to the lake and a house with an extraordinary and inspired angular design. But it is the hostess who makes it so memorable. Christine is a one-off – an... More 

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Rotterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

December 2010 my 4 year old daughter and I stayed at the Doolans for three nights. A very warm welcome, a real treat to stay there. The second day my daughter was very ill and I was so happy we were staying there, the Doolans were so nice for her. It was like we were family and the feeling of... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2011

Doolans Retreat was a highlight of our trip to NZ, Christine was so fantastic and the best tour advisor for NZ you could get. Were hoping to return again soon! The Polynesion Spa is a must the view over the lake it outstanding and also Rainbow Springs to get up close to Kiwi's!!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

We, unfortunately, stayed only one night with Christine at Doolan's Country Retreat, located just a brief drive from Rotorua. This would have been a terrific place to stay longer both to see the local sights and soak up Christine's hospitality! We and our two friends joined another homestay couple in spending a delightful evening sharing wine and dinner, walking around... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

How many B&Bs start with a 200 yard agrapanthus lined driveway to a hilltop setting with stunning views. We were greeted by Christine, our charming host and shown to a large room with lots of storage for suitcases. We were later joined by 4 other guests and enjoyed a relaxed evening feeding the quail and star gazing over a glass... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

We stayed at Christine's lovely B&B for one night only and found it hard to part with the beauty of her extensive garden paradise, the comfort of her great Buckminster Fuller-ish octagonal house and the gorgeous views both present across Lake Rotorua. Christine makes her guests feel right at home and we would like to thank her for this honor!... More 

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Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

A one of a kind farm and B&B experience with a darling hostess, fresh picked herbs and fruit with an optional 6 star dinner. The grounds are a manicured ten acre hilltop with views to the mountains, lakes and stars. The hostess is gracious and instantly makes you feel wonderful and attended to, with engaging friendliness. We were given guided... More 

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North Tonawanda, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2011

Christine's country retreat is an oasis of beauty. We only had one night there, but she welcomed us with open arms, a wealth of information on the area, and a lovely room with a very comfortable bed.Everything was spotless. She had previously booked Mitai for us, which was a very fun and memorable night-touristy, but very well done. We also... More 

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Address: 165 Dalbeth Rd, RD 2, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Number of rooms: 4
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