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Catlins Retreat Guest House
Ranked #1 of 6 Owaka B&B and Inns
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Robbie was a great, welcoming host and we loved his character house. Our bedroom was very spacious and the bed was comfortable.

We wish we'd had more time to stay and chat as Robbie seems to enjoy having some company. Definitely the best place to stay in Owaka and a convenient location right in the middle of the Catlins!

The Owaka museum is definitely worth a visit.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Thanks so much for your review and I'm glad you injoyed your stay with me and the great area we live in.

Cheers Robbie.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Before I start, this guest house is awesome!! Stayed with my partner for just one night. We called in just 4 hours before arriving and got already a first impressions of Robbie's hospitality over the phone. The Catlin's Retreat is a wonderful guesthouse, the common room with it's fire place the perfect spot to relax after a long day, the beds are super comfortable and the breakfast is exactly what you need to start the next day in the Catlin's. And don't worry if you have not prepared yourself in regards to tourist program, host Robbie most certainly can sort you out. He is better than any tourist guide. Overall it was a fantastic stay which was unfortunately too short, but rest assured, next time we are in the area we will most certainly stay again. Thanks for a great day!!

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Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Thanks very much for your review. It's hard to see all we have to offer down in the Catlins in one day,but the attractions won't go away so will be here for you next time you want to take in the sites and enjoy some southern hospitality.

Cheers Robbie

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Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

Quaint little Villa. The host Robbie is lovely. Sweet old dog there too.Nice breakfast. Good central location to explore the Catlins. Owaka itself not that amazing but not a long drive to take in some amazing scenery. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2014

Thanks James,Pleased you enjoyed our area and my home and thanks for the review.
Robbie.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Catlins Retreat and its host both have a huge amount of character and warmth to them. Coming back after a long day of sightseeing to a roaring fire and cozy lounge filled with treats was definitely a highlight of our trip, and Robbie was more than happy to provide advice on what to do for the rest of it. Thanks very much for the warm welcome Robbie, i'm sure all of your customers are more than happy with the service and experience at Catlins Retreat.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2014

Thanks Aiden for the great review. I do enjoy meeting and entertaining my guests and finding out a little bit about them and where they've come from and going to,then if I can help them with some directions thats all part of host duties. Hope your studies go well for 2014

Cheers Robbie

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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Great House, pretty and spacious rooms, delicious Cookies and breakfast and the best hospitality ever!
If I would come back again to New Zealand and the Catlins I would come back to this Guesthouse and stay longer.
We enjoyed it very much!!!
Thanks to you!!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Thanks very much for your review and your company,I enjoyed your visit and welcome you both back any time if your out in NZ.

Cheers Robbie

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Thanks Robbie for looking after us when we stayed with you a while ago. We're back home now but fondly remember you and Jade. Southern hospitality at its best. Great advice too so we could make the most of our too brief visit to the Catlins. Thanks to you we saw the Cathedral Caves and the petrified forest at their best. The welcoming atmosphere, fire in the guest lounge and big comfy bed all helped to make our stay with you so enjoyable. As with other B&B's our South Island trip, breakfast took a long time as all the guest and host chatted away while enjoying a lovely breakfast. Great home baked cookies too and such a nice little surprises on the bed. Won't spoil it for future guests. We are planning a return trip to the Catlins and we would love to stay with you again. Highly appreciated and recommended.

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Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2014

Hi, Thanks for the great review and comments. Wev'e had some great weather lately letting our visitors explore just what our area has to offer. Your most welcome to visit the retreat at any time.

Cheers Robbie.

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Robbie is a fantastic Host very knowledgeable of the area and a very friendly Host.Down to earth guy was great meeting you Robbie ,we has a very warm comfortable stay at your B & B
He gave alot of info about the Catlins and told us what we should go and see Great weekend

Room Tip: Very comfortable big room had a spare single bed as well
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

Thanks Jaki and Norm, It was great to have you for the wedding and to enjoy a slice of the Catlins while you were here.

Cheers Robbie.

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Address: 27 Main Road | Catlins, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Owaka
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Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Owaka
Number of rooms: 3
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Comfortable Bed&Breakfast in the Old Doctors Residance and Practise, built in the year 1900. Your host Robbie Hodge. ... more   less 
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Catlins Retreat Guest House Owaka, Southland Region, New Zealand

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