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“Great host, food and setting. Wonderful, relaxing and peaceful place to stay.”

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Doolan's Country Retreat
Ranked #3 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We stayed here two nights in February and wished we had more time to stay longer. If you are from NZ, Australia and would like get away to a peaceful setting with great views then visit Doolan's Country Retreat. Christine is a friendly host who will help you plan outings or if you prefer you can just sit ouside and enjoy the view of the rolling hills and lake. Farm animals included. The breakfasts are delicious. As Canadians we found this to be the best B and B in New Zealand. Excellent value for the price. We will return someday.

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Reviewed 1 April 2013

What a wonderful respite! Christine is such a lovely person and so much fun to visit. We felt right at home from the beginning. Her home is so contemporary for a farm, but she does have 4 mules and 2 pigs! In the evening it was so nice to sit in her large open area by the fireplace and visit with her and other guests as we nibbled on her gracious offerings after a busy day. Rooms were so clean and comfortable and breakfast was wonderful. Just so perfect. Not a hotel but home. She is so knowledgeable about the stars and pointed out ones we never had seen.
Thank you Christine for a lovely visit in a 5 star home..

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

Everything was perfect at Doolan's Country Retreat! The views are stunning, the home is immaculate, the breakfast fantastic and Christine is an absolute joy. We really wished that we had booked more than 2 nights so we could spend more time with Christine and her donkeys. When we arrived, I immediately asked about the donkeys because I am an animal lover. Within minutes Christine was cutting up fruit so I could feed the animals.

I am generally not one to enjoy B&B accommodations more than hotel stays, but this was certainly an exception. In our 12 nights in New Zealand, we enjoyed our stay at Doolan's Country Retreat even more than the nights at the Hilton hotels in Auckland and Queenstown! Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the home inside or out, but it was beautiful.

We were treated to an absolutely gorgeous sunrise over the lake on our last morning there, and then after breakfast on the patio, we were enjoying our conversation with Christine and her friend so much that we nearly missed our flight. We hated to leave!

Absolutely, positively the best B&B stay I've had and I wholeheartedly recommend Doolan's to anyone looking to stay near Rotorua.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Quail Room and it was perfect!
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2013 via mobile

Christine provides a sanctuary retreat with a breath taking view to be envied by any five star in the area. She has knowledge leading from 1960's to present of the area. Ask her anything and she knows all locale knowledge and customs. Familiar with New Zealand in such detail she will guide you into wise choices in travel timing and events. Highly recommended for discrete outings and quiet evenings alone.

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Reviewed 20 March 2013

This is a beautiful house, run by a charming host, that sits on the top of a hill. The views are breathaking by day and by night; and Christine will tell you stories about the stars. Breakfast was delicious; the rooms were nicely appointed and very clean. The showers had good water pressure and anything we needed was available. You could get lost walking the grounds. Christine helped us make the most of our trip to Rotorua with suggestions for sights to see there and throughout New Zealand. We stayed only two nights and could have stayed much longer; it was sad to say goodbye to Christine.

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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Doolan's Country Retreat is a great B&B - clean, spacious, private and excellent breakfast. Christine, the owner, was very friendly and welcoming. The B&B has a beautiful garden and several paddocks, in which live donkeys and pigs. Christine introduced us to and let us feed her animals. For those people who may be thinking 'I don't want to stay on a farm'....the farm animals are a quirky addition and in no way affect the separate B&B. Really enjoyed my stay. Highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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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 52 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range: £115 - £137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Doolan's Country Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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