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Doolan's Country Retreat
Ranked #3 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore
1 review
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“Excellent. Awesome. Serene. Perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

I had just returned from NZ recently and I had spent a wonderful night at this B & B. This stay was arguably the most memorable experience of our whole 1.5 months trip in NZ. The best B & B ever. The place might be quite a long drive journey from the city of Rotorua, but it was worth in the end! It was so comfy, with such an awesome spectacular view and with star gazing at the night, with cute adorable donkeys in the stall, what more can i ask for, when Christine is such a good host? And she is such an excellent cook! And thanks to her, we managed to tour the best attractions in Taupo and Rotorua with her valuable first-hand experiences! Doolan's Country Retreat, the fitting name. Thank Christine for being a wonderful host and for giving us a home away from home!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

We just returned from a trip to New Zealand (North) and one of our most memorable experiences was our stay with Christine. Doolan's country retreat was certainly a fitting name, it really felt like a retreat away from outside world, with it magnificent scenery (the place as on higher grounds overlooking the lake and lands), beautiful gardens, serene environment, cute donkeys, comfortable and clean room, not to mention a most gracious and admirable host who manages the entire grounds herself and does a most fantastic job. We really regretted not being able to stay longer and are already looking forward to our next visit there. If you are staying in Rotorua, you will not regret spending part of your stay here. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

We just loved our three days at Doolan's. Felt like family the whole time. Christine is the ultimate homestay hostess--charming, interesting, talented, fun, and what a cook! She was enormously helpful in directing us to places we never would have known about without her help. The house is stunning, and the grounds are just lovely. Every bedroom is gorgeous. Do give this place a go!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

We stayed here in early March and so glad we did. The host, Christine, is a joy..so friendly and made us feel right at home. She was a delight and suggested a walking tour of Rotorua with a local guide and we were so glad we did. It was a perfect afternoon. While the White Dove room is a little small, the amenities were perfect. The gardens and views were spectacular and the food delicious. We stayed two nights and wished we could have stayed longer. We would highly recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a quite, comfortable stay in Rotorua.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 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 don't get the sulphur smell.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 plan our short stay in Rotorua with lots of info and brochures. The White Doves room was like a still life painting.The room may be a little small for some, especially with only a double bed. Lots of in room amenities - coffee & tea service, spa like toiletries, hair dryer and luscious linens. We really wish our stay could have been longer.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 recommend it to others. That said, it is important that folks booking this accomodation know that they'll be quite a drive from town.

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Property: Doolan's Country Retreat
Address: 165 Dalbeth Road, Rotorua 3072, 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 52 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
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Hotel Class:5 star — Doolan's Country Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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