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“Brian and Kate are the Best!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Serendipity Homestay

Serendipity Homestay
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Serendipity Homestay
Ranked #18 of 56 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
“Brian and Kate are the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were so lucky to find this wonderful homestay hosted by this lovely couple. They are so welcoming, that we instantly felt at home. The breakfasts are delicious with Brian's homebaked bread and Kate's muesli playing starring roles on the table. We used their vast local knowledge to plan our time in and around Rotorua, but even the times relaxing reading the newspaper and chatting to Brian was a pleasure. As a bonus, the view of Rotorua from their location is fabulous.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
We loved having you stay at Serendipity and we really enjoyed you company. I'm pleased you got the best from our advise and you enjoyed the rest of our touring through N.Z. Cheers. Kate
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  • Location
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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saltash
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Brian and Kate made us feel right at home. We had a lovely stay with them. They made arrangements for Maori experience and gave suggestions for sightseeing. They enjoyed our company and we enjoyed theirs. When we returned in the evening they were always on hand with a welcome tipple before we went out for the evening. Kate very kindly did some washing for us which was great.
The views from the property are magnificent, it was lovely to sit on their deck and watch the sun go down.
Before we left Brian told us of the best route and things to see and we are glad we took their advice. Great Stay!! Would recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SaltashTraveller
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, April 9, 2014
We so enjoyed your company and I do thank you for choosing to stay with us at Serendipity and giving us such a nice review. I trust the rest of your stay in N.Z. was really enjoyable.
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

As a single lady traveling on her own I have stayed in quite a few hotels, guest houses and b and b's and Kate and Brian's is most definitely the best! They made me feel so at home, gave me guidance on choosing what to see and do in Rotorua, and booked it for me. The breakfasts are superb, Brian's home made bread is fabulous. The views from the deck are amazing, the whole town is laid out before you, and the situation of their beautiful home could not be more convenient.. If you are looking for somewhere friendly,comfortable and excellent value for money to stay in Rotorua, look no further, Serendipity is simply the best.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Glynda M
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We both enjoyed your company and certainly hope you can come and stay again. You probably did the most daring activities of all our guests and it was great to see the joy you got from having such fun. You are a right little dare devil! Nothing beats enjoying life to the full. All our best wishes. Kate and Brian
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

Our stay at Serendipity was excellent. Our hosts Kate & Brian were very helpful and hospitable. They not only gave us suggestions for local sight seeing but also made some reservations on our behalf. Kate was even kind enough to lend us extra towels for the Polynesian Spa.The view from the house was calming and beautiful unlike many other motels and resorts in Rotorua. Overall a great experience and value for money!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Khushishahani
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
How nice of you to thank us so graciously. We so enjoyed your company and are very pleased we were able to assist with your stay in Rotorua. I hope we can meet you again some day. Thank you. Kia-ora.
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

With accommodation in Rotorua booked out to the max, everywhere full up. We were lucky to find Brian and Kate, who took us in late no questions asked and made us feel right at home. If you want awesome company and great views Serendipity is the place for you. Thanks Brian and Kate we enjoyed our experience with you and the fantastic breakfast.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
Thank you Brown and Sandra, for your kind comments on Tripadvisor. We loved your cheerful company and were delighted you found us so you could take a break from your long journey home. Now you know were we are you are welcome any time. cheers Kate and Brian
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

Brian and Kate were simply amazing hosts with their kindness and hospitality, their amazing homemade breakfast, their tips about what to do and what to visit in New Zealand. I would recommend to anyone to spend at least a day in their amazing house with a beautiful view on the Rotorua lake!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susanna G
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
We loved having here to stay with us at Serendipity. I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and liked the biscuits. I'm sure yours will be just as tasty. We'd love to have you stay again and allow more time to see all the amazing things Rotorua has to offer. Cheers Kate and Broian
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sCHIEDAM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

Our stay with Kate and Brian was great! Excellent location, room, breakfast and hospitality. Good advices on what to see and where to go. Thank you!
An important raison for choosing this B&B was that it has some distance to (the bad smell of) the mudpools, and has a great view over the town.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Frans G
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serendipityrotorua, Owner at Serendipity Homestay, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed the travel suggestions and of course the wine. You can't beat a good New Zealand wine! Kia-ora Kate and Brian
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Property: Serendipity Homestay
Address: 3 Kerswell Terrace | Tihi-o-Tongo, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Serendipity Homestay 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marvel at unsurpassed panoramic views of the city, lakes, thermal activity, farmlands and beyond. Relax on sunny decks, in the garden or the conservatory. Indulge in home comforts and home-cooked cuisine. Let us share our extensive local and national knowledge with you. We can advice you on the best to see and do in Rotorua and while exploring our beautiful country. We are close to all ammenities, including the wonderful mountain biking tracks now famous in Rotorua. A warm welcome awaits your arrival at Serendipity -- "A surprise waiting to be discovered." ... more   less 

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