Our first impression was "Woooooow!". As soon as you enter the house the most amazing thing you notice is that striking view over the lake and the surrounding hills... The house is spacious and comfortable. There is also a large deck that could easily fit 100 ppl and the gardens are amazing. We arrived early in the morning to drop our luggage and went on a Canopy tour experience half an hour away. We checked in around 12 (much earlier than normal check-in time) and had lunch on the terrace being only disturbed by the songs of Tuis and other native birds. After an afternoon in Rotorua we came back to spend the evening at the Retreat. We were delighted to find that the fire was lit for us making the house really "toasty". The host children who live next door were extremely friendly and gave us access to the property billiard room at no extra charge. The following morning, after a great night sleep, we went on the host classic boat to the local natural hot pools for a couple of hours (Great way to start the day on the lake). We will definitely come back for a much longer stay. This place is a little piece of paradise!