I've waited a little too long in posting this review, but I wanted to make sure that I had the chance to sit down and really write something that could describe the experience that we had at the Richlyn Bed & Breakfast in Lake Taupo.
First, the hosts are two of the most genuine, beautiful, and truly caring people that we came across while visiting New Zealand during December and January. They take owning and managing a bed and breakfast to the next level. I hadn't really thought about returning to Lake Taupo before arriving there, but staying with Rich and Lyn made me feel like this was a home away from home. It often makes me think about returning there again soon, just to experience the hospitality and the beautiful home that they open up to guests.
Everything about their home is luxurious. The attention to detail, the sincere conversations during breakfast, and the offering of tea each time we came back to drop something off. As far as B&B owners go, these two should be in the books as experts for all those that give luxury bed and breakfasts a thought.
The accommodations were lovely. The rooms were just the right size and very large, at that. The linens were impeccably clean and I felt like I was staying in a 5-star resort with a touch of mom and dad behind the service. The breakfast was a real breakfast with a variety of options, including company and conversation -- which is so important these days. I remember thinking I needed to leave my laptop in the room or put my phone down, because the guests and the hosts made me want to connect and enjoy the company.
It might be a while before I find myself back on the North Island, but when I do end up there again I will make a point to stop and stay with Rich & Lyn again. They truly made the Lake Taupo experience one of a kind.
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