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“Everything a 2 year old could wish for” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mairenui Rural Retreat
Ranked #361 of 1,250 Speciality Lodging in North Island
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
“Everything a 2 year old could wish for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

We (couple + 2 year old boy) stayed in the Villa for 3 nights, a grand old home. It's showing its age a bit but everything works and it's a beautiful old house. The highlight is the garden, with slide, tree house, old tractor and landrover, as well as farm animals next door, and basically everything to keep our boy happy outside all day. There is no TV, but hundreds of books and lots of kid's games.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HayleyBates
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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review, 19 December 2012
Thank you so much for the review, Hayley. We're glad you all enjoyed yourselves, especially your 2 year old. Hope you had a safe journey home across the water!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2012

Attended a staff retreat at Mairenui. Was a marvellous environment to relax and work productively with my colleagues. The welcome we received was marvellous with Matt and David ensuring we received the personal touch before David disappeared to do some Christmas duties. Sue, David, Matt and Leonie were consumate hosts - the food was great and everything was done to accommodate our groups needs. I was fortunate to have the "Retreat". Wonderful place to hang out in.

Very easy to get to, 10 minutes off State Highway One or a picturesque drive up from Feilding via Kimbolton.

Room Tip: Had the front bedroom with a view down the valley. Recommend it
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank peteri1
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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review, 19 December 2012
Thank you very much for your review, I'm glad it worked well for your staff retreat. We do enjoy having staff and management groups ... it certainly keeps us on our toes!
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2012 via mobile

This is a retreat that suits the rural seeker, we stayed here during our honeymoon, the hosts David and Sue were outstanding. David treated us too a 4WD tour in his 1953 landrover, afterwards we enjoyed a round of tennis and walks in the area. The retreat was a wonderfully clean character building, and nothing beat curling up infront of the fire for the evening. Doesn't suit younger folk looking for a fast paced nightlife!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kiwiav8er
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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review, 19 December 2012
Thank you very much for your review, we're happy that the Retreat was perfect for your honeymoon. We do have many honeymooners stay there, it seems to be ideally suited for a romantic getaway!
We hope that the rest of your honeymoon was wonderful for you.
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

Our hosts started our visit with a personally made sign on the porch to welcome us, and this was the setting for rest of our stay, warm, friendly and welcoming, we stayed for a night in The Retreat, a wonderful setting among ancient old trees that must have a story of there own to tell, the fire in our retreat was already running hot, just lovely. Being our wedding anniversary, I chose the full three course dinner option and dinner with our hosts was outstanding, the wonderful warm and friendly setting, great conversation, beautifully prepared and delicious food.
Thank you David & Sue.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Palmypaul
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SweetSueNZ, Owner at Mairenui Rural Retreat, responded to this review, 19 December 2012
Thank you very much for your kind review. Yes, it is a great place to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and we're delighted you opted to dine with us. It's always nice to share a convivial evening with our guests, as we like to say we offer "hosted" accommodation!
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Sydney
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

Stayed for one night in the homestead on a weeks tour of the north island after a few days of very average hotel and motel accommodation. What a wonderful experience in a beautiful location comfortable rooms and the most charming hosts. We enjoyed a fantastic dinner and breakfast and the worst part was having to leave the next morning we could have stayed a week. Thank you Sue and David for a wonderful time we plan to return!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paul291
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Decided I needed to get out of Wellington for the long weekend. Chose Mairenui Rural Retreat at Mangaweka as Mangaweka recommended by workmate and I had never been to Mangaweka before. Great weekend. Obliging and friendly hosts, Sue and David. If it's rustic you like than the Retreat fits the bill. Sure is a "hobbit-like" house so quirky. Very private, lovely trees and views. Loved the big bedroom for the expansive view across the farmland from the bed, and equally loved the bath with outlook of trees and sky. Had to light the fire on the first night, as our unseasonal cool summer weather created a chill. All set ready for me to flick a match: just the way I like fire lighting! Great community spirit - did a rafting trip and a couple of local walks and purchased at cafe and art gallery.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Janice C
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

This place is really terrific. The whole area is stunningly beautiful. The villa where we stayed is pure charm and Sue and David are great hosts.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Matthew H
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Property: Mairenui Rural Retreat
Address: Ruahine Road | RD 54, 4774, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island
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