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Doolan's Country Retreat
Ranked #3 of 56 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“A Beautiful Retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

We stayed at Doolan's for a couple of nights in February during our month long tour of NZ. Even though we have been back in the UK for a couple of weeks, we still talk about our stay as it was one of the highlights of our trip.

Like other reviewers have already stated, the house is unique and is situated in a wonderful setting. However, without Christine as host, it would be a house without a soul rather than the welcoming home that it is.

Christine is the powerhouse that makes this retreat so special. How she does it I will never know.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

My husband and I have travelled extensively throughout the world and I must say that Doolan's Country Retreat B & B has made it to my number 1 spot of all places I have stayed at. Christine Doolan, the owner, is such a delight! She will greet you at the door with the warmest of smiles and say "welcome to my home." Her home is more like a Paradise in my eyes. It sits at the top of a small hill and has views for miles of the lake and of the countryside; simply breathtaking! The home is truly a retreat and it will inspire you to your depths with joy as it has me I am sure. The home is very spacious with lots of light and the most exquisite furniture. The rooms are each very unique and are all equally beautiful; they are also furnished with the most comfortable beds ever. We ate our breakfast on the patio each morning and Christine really goes out of her way to cook absolutely delicious food. We started with fresh fruit, a variety of cereals, fresh made preserves, fresh yogurt, tea, toast and then she will cook you a wonderful hot breakfast such as large mushroom and cheese omelettes or fresh eggs with bacon and sauteed mushrooms on the side. She will also provide gluten free bread and try to meet your every request. There are also the most adorable little pigs on the premises and 4 gorgeous donkeys; I got to feed them and spend time petting them. This lovely retreat is only 7-10 minutes away from the center of town by car and it is a very easy drive. It only took us a short time to get to the Polynesian Spa for soaking in the wonderful hot mineral baths. You will appreciate being just outside of town because you do not smell sulphur in the air while staying at this retreat that is quite strong in the center of town. I cannot say enough good things about Doolan's Retreat and I highly recommend it to everybody. We will definitely be back to this absolutely delightful B & B! I will upload photos as soon as possible.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2013

Ten minutes or less from Rotorua with wonderful views, The building is interesting and beautifully appointed. The very large garden is well worth exploring. The bedroom is beautiful a good size. The host is very nice and helpful and breakfast is fine. We brought fish and chips back one night at our host suggestion and it was very pleasant eat looking at such a view and gardens. There are effectively two lounges as the entrance hall is large and has comfortable seating. The lounge / kitchen / breakfast are is very large and so well laid out that you forget it is one large octagonal room.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

What a wonderful trip away we had for a night at Doolans. Christine was a wonderful host and we enjoyed our time there immensly. The highlights included the views, feeding the donkeys and pigs, the beautiful breakfast and the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere she creates. We only wished we could have stayed longer. Thanks Christine, Keith and Kylee

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

We spent four delightful days at this lovely B&B. The house and the grounds are beautiful and after long days touring the area it was nice coming back to a peaceful place to sleep. The breakfasts were great and Christine was very helpful with tips on what to do in and around Rotorua.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Baxter53
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

Can find any words that could be good enough to descibe our excellent experience of the 2 nights stay with Christine, not only because of the beautiful house, garden and lake view also Chritine, a very warm hearted lady with great care. We enjoied every moment of our stay and surely we will be back!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jacquelineyu
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Helmond, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

We stayed for 4 nights with Christine. She opens up her whole house for you. She helps you with everything you need. Breakfasts are gorgeous. The views form the house are fantastic. It is so nice to see the birds walking around on the big area.
We advise everyone toi stay here when being in Rotorua.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Doolan's Country Retreat
Address: 165 Dalbeth Road, Rotorua 3072, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Ranked #3 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
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Hotel Class:5 star — Doolan's Country Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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