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Doolan's Country Retreat
Ranked #3 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
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Bluffton, Indiana, USA
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57 reviews
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“Dinner for six”
Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

We did not stay over, but rather ate dinner only as an optional excursion to a package tour. From the moment Christine picked us up, we felt at home. Her facility is superbly located with a view overlooking Lake Rotorua. She prepared a great home cooked meal and joined us for dinner and conversation. The event was listed as 'dinner with a NZ family' and certainly met our expectations.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We had a great time staying in this spacious relaxing B and B close to Roturua. Christine made us feel so welcome and was so helpful with advice of where to go and what to do. She also served us great breakfasts as well as being the sole gardener of her magnificent grounds. Can highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

My husband and I stayed for one night at this B&B in October 2012. Even before we arrived, Christine was very helpful in setting us up for a hangi at Mitai Village (I had trouble deciding between Mitai or Tamaki, but with Mitai being only 5min away and having won awards for their dancing, it became a no brainer). When we arrived, we were the only guests for the night, so Christine offered for us to move into the larger room, since we had some large luggage with us. Christine is a very lovely host and lovely to talk to. The views from the property are also spectacular and my husband was so relaxed that we actually enjoyed the afternoon sitting on the back patio, sipping tea, enjoying cookies and talking to Christine and her friend. Although the B&B is in Rotorua, it doesn't get the smell of sulfar, at all. The property was beautiful and very well kept up, both inside and out and the breakfast was delicious. I would definitely go back and recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Worongary, Australia
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful B & B. The view from the property is breathtaking and we were made so welcome. Christine the owner was so accommodating nothing was too much trouble for her. The gardens are just beautiful, being a gardener myself I can appreciate the work that has gone into this garden. It is a 10 minute drive into town, it is worth it because the property has the feel of being right out in the country with nothing else around, but you are really close to all amenities with shops just down the road. Breakfast was served when you wanted it and something different every day. We stayed for four days, making it our base for the area. If you are looking for something different and not your usual motel, this is it.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lyon, France
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We enjoyed 4 nights this stunning B&B in the very comfortable quail room.This quiet place with gorgeous grounds is owned by Christine,a very helpful hostess,a good cook but also a great gardener.During our stay we felt like at home.Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay. The gardens are beautiful and our baby enjoyed feeding the donkeys. The host and her friend were also fabulous with baby. Very welcoming place and lots of common space. Nice breakfast too.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Doolans's Country Retreat is a great place to stay in Rotorua area.
I stayed for 3 weeks and it was a perfect spot to be to explore Rotorua.
The rooms are very clean and comfortable and the garden is absolutely lovely. The host is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Christine was a gracious and charming host who made all the effort to make me feel welcome. During the morning, wI had a delicious breakfast together with the other stayers that were there and along with Christine, had the most enjoyable conversations. Her four donkeys are so entertaining and cute would welcome me any time in hope to get an extra treat.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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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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Number of rooms: 4
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