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Doolan's Country Retreat
Ranked #3 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
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California
1 review
“Paradise in paradise”
Reviewed February 21, 2010

We had the pleasure of spending a home stay at this beautiful facility. The house and view were breathtaking and Christine couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome. I wouldn't hesitate recommending a home stay at this home. The house is beautiful as are the gardens. It was fun feeding her pet donkeys in the morning.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed February 12, 2010

This was not just the best place in Rotorua, but the best place we stayed in all of New Zealand. This is a "farm stay" and we stayed in Christine's beautiful, large home. Christine is wonderful... loves to laugh, is a great cook & perfect hostess. Her home sits on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful countryside. The grounds are filled with flowers, a pond with fish, birds singing...so relaxing. There are 4 cute & loveable donkeys which we fed. We felt at home immediately and loved every minute. We stayed 2 nights and none of us wanted to leave. We have wonderful memories... thank you, Christine.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Illinois, USA
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

After reading the previous reviews, there is nothing more we can add. We agree with them completely. This is a wonderful place with a wonderful hostess. We would have loved to have stayed much longer. Thanks, Christine!

The Stookes, USA

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Elyria, Ohio
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Reviewed February 8, 2010

Inala Nalood provided us with a comfortable stay. For us it was a welcome rest from the hectic pace of a tour through New Zealand. It seems as if you are far removed from the world, but in fact, it is just a few minutes from all of Rotorua's activities. The double octagon home is spacious and comfortable. The grounds and gardens rival those of European manors. The view of Lake Rotorua and its island of Maori fable is spectacular. All this plus pleasant leisurely meals with our hostess Christine provided a memorable experience. Stop in and enjoy the birds, natural beauty and by all means, feed and pet the donkeys.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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MN
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Reviewed February 5, 2010

We were very fortunate to stay with Christine at her beautiful home!
The house, gardens and breath-taking views were just outstanding!
You must see it to believe it! Christine was a wonderful hostess, serving
us a delicious dinner and breakfast. She even let us feed her 4 donkeys.
We saw many birds here also. Christine had a way of making you feel part
of her family. It was a delightful stay and one I would recommend for all!
Sincerely, Kathy and Gary Dierks, USA

  • Stayed February 2010
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Reviewed November 15, 2009

We stayed here for just one night on the recommendation of a friend and it was became the highlight of our trip round North Island. Our room was beautifully furnished and decorated and spotlessly clean. The house is on top of a hill beside Lake Rotorua and the views from the lovely garden were wide-reaching and magnificent. Christine's hospitality was second to none, she's a very talented woman and an excellent cook. We chose to have dinner there (booked in advance) and enjoyed a very New Zealand meal of roast lamb with lots of fresh vegetables. Delicious! We can't recommend this place highly enough.

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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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