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Doolan's Country Retreat
165 Dalbeth Rd, RD 2, Rotorua, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 48 Rotorua B&B and Inns
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“Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

This place was magical. Stunning location. The house is breaktaking and the views to die for. The meal was out of this world and Christine's company is a pleasure. Spent the evening here with several people from our Coach tour and it was one of the highlights of the tour. A place to relax - everyway you look the views are wonderful. Christine is a charm.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

Our host, Christine, was amazing: very friendly, interesting (and interested), and kept an immaculate house. Off the website we chose two very beautiful rooms for our English guests and ourselves. The bedrooms and ensuites had every facility one could wish for including safes and choice of bedding. The house sitting high and surrounded by lovely gardens has wonderful views. The breakfast was scrumptious and we even left with more than we arrived with, ie flowers. We were all very impressed.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2010

As the sentence I used in my blog in Taiwan , it's the best place which is closed to heaven .
Although it is not as luxury as some six-star hotel , it can't be surpassed in several ways:
The majestic views the comfortable room and the cute donkies are the best instance .
What's more , the cordial hostress and her delicious dishes are too keen to forget .
If I come to NZ again , i'll regard Doolan's Country Retreat as my first choice .

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

Christine made us so welcome in her amazingly beautiful home high up with magnificent views down to the town of Rotorua.Christine makes you feel very relaxed and you will have chance to feed the donkeys..yummy breakfasts and lots of good ideas on where to go for day trips...should say we call in on her on every trip to Nz.... yes we revisit most years....oodles of space in the home and gardens... chill out in one of many private sitting areas..
looking forward to our next visit ....

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

The Doolan's retreat is situated close to Lake View Golf and Country Golf Club. The house is in a romantic garden with a georgious sight over Rotorua. Every morning you will be greeted by four lovely donkeys and the garden is just a paradise for all sorts of birds. Christine is a very charming homestaylady and makes your visit to an unforgetable memory.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2010

I have travelled the world on Business and Pleasure for decades. This would have to be one of the most spectacular places I have stayed. Rotorua is so interesting and steeped in History of New Zealand. Christine the wonderful hostess was superb. Even playing me at Scrabble and graciously let me win one game. The food, view and accommodationwas second to non. I would highly recommend anyone staying a few nights here. Initially I was booked in for two days but ended up staying a week - that's how good it was

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

Inala Nalood Country Retreat.
www.inalanalood.co.nz
One of my favorite places I had visited in New Zealand was at this country retreat. Quaint home and rooms with expansive land, and privacy. Food was excellent and the owner was amazing. If you get the chance to go to Rotorua and would like to try something special spend time herre at this country retreat
Rosanne

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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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Ranked #3 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
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Number of rooms: 4
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