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“Lovely rejuvenating weekend away” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Doolan's Country Retreat

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Doolan's Country Retreat
Ranked #3 of 56 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Lovely rejuvenating weekend away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

Thank you for such warmth and laughter we shared with you. We had such a lovely weekend at your beautiful place. Matthew and I would love to thank you for your and Andrews hospitality. Definitely would recommend it to everyone. Plus I didn't feel at all guilty eating any of LuLu for breakfast,she made a tasty bacon!

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

Once again I stayed at Doolans Country retreat. The owner, Christine Doolan, is such a charmin host. I had the possibility to join quilting classes at the Cottage Flair in Nonghotaha. At home I was allowed to sew in the living room and to have a big mess with all the small pieces of fabric. Where else can you do these things on holidays? Only at Doolans country retreat!!
I know I'm coming back to that wonderful and peaceful place. Thank you Christine for that unforgetable time!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

One of the best B&B I've stayed in! 4 of us stayed at Doolan's and we all had a great time! It's a very beautiful place with stylish and beautiful decorations. The rooms are very comfortable, Christine is very nice and helpful! Love the breakfast as well. The garden is beautiful and love the morning walk to visit the animals in the farm. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

Doolans is one of the most scenic and serene B&B's we have ever experienced. From the breathtaking views to the evening chats with Christine, every day has been delightful! Christine's gorgeous gardens are such a stunning wonderland. Wish we could have stayed longer! This was the perfect remedy for weary city folk seeking a peaceful retreat.Thanks Christine. Alizah

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We had two nights with Christine and our stay was made even better with a combination of both Blue Skies one day and then Storms and rain the next. Perfect combination for walks and sightseeing then sitting by the fire when the weather closed in. Highly recommended for anyone from anywhere.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Cumming, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Doolan's Country Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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