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Ranui Retreat Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

"Can a second visit ever live up to the promise and excitement of the first? It can. It DID! The accommodations at Ranui Retreat are every bit as lovely as we remembered and our hosts Sheryl and Ken as generous and friendly as well. The surprise this time was joining them for a potluck supper with some of their friends and being incorporated into a true New Zealand at-home experience, lending a hand in the kitchen and feeling that we had become friends as well as guests. It says far more about the friendliness and openness of our hosts than that we ourselves are so special. Again, enjoy a unique experience and treat yourself to a few nights at Ranui Retreat with the Laramans."

Room Tip: Room with ensuite is very private, with excellent access but out of the way of our hosts' daily activities
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

Our second trip to this B & B and well worth it. Excellent furnishings and a very warm greeting that made us quite at home in NZ. Their tour of their upcoming olive oil harvest made our stay very personable. They made sure to let us know of the best restaurant nearby for our dining requests.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

You are made to feel welcome as soon as you arrive at Ranui Retreat.Sheryl and Ken are very friendly and work hard to make their guests happy.I have stayed twice and feel as though I am treated as one of the family.The decor and effacts are interesting and quirky and there is a large garden which is pleasant to stroll around.
Their home is situated a few kilometres south of Oamaru and is in a peaceful location.
I can thoroughly recommend a stay at Ranui Retreat.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 February 2011

We wish country and quiet B&B, not city center. By rent car, it is easy to access.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2011

Be prepared for a gorgeous experience. Sheryl and Ken are artists, and their work adorns their house and gardens. Ken's mosaics are visible on the bathroom tiled floor and garden paths. Sheryl's amazing fabric art is exquisite, from the comforter cover on the bed to wall decorations, lampshades, and pillows in the living room. Breakfast was delicious, with homemade preserves as well as homemade bread and yogurt. Ken's advice proved invaluable in our visit to Dunedin, as he recommended a very special second--hand bookstore near the university and a wonderful restaurant by the harbor. Our only regret is that we only stayed one night with them. Their house is about 7 km south of Oamaru, a manageable distance and one of the loveliest homestays we have visited.
Pamela Nelson and Kit Olmsted

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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