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Rippinvale Retreat
Ranked #2 of 15 Hanmer Springs B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch
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94 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Perfection !”
Reviewed 23 February 2013

From the moment you arrive at Rippinvale, you know that it is something special. From the wonderful greeting to the heartfelt goodbye, this B&B is pure perfection. The service is impeccable with fantasic attention to detail, although the hosts make sure you have everything you need. The breakfast was to die for (as was the brownie that was waiting for us in our room), with everything homemade and beautifully presented. We had a delightfully, relaxing massage followed by a equalled relaxing dip in the hot tub. This was the quietest, most peaceful place I have ever stayed and cannot wait to return. Lily the cat - beautiful, friendly and a real character - she was waiting at our door when we arrived back from dinner, and settled herself in for the evening. Thank you again for the wonderful experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

We had the most amazing experience when we stayed at ''Rippenvale'' firstly there was the most warmest of welcomes that anyone could wish for from both Helen, John and Lilly the most adorable burmese cat. This little gem in the crown of New Zealand is something so special that we would not want anyone to miss out on it. The accommodation is just perfect, clean very comfortable and private with all the facilities that anyone could wish for and the most amazing homemade breakfast which you order at a time to suite you the evening before whilst enjoying your complimentary glass of wine and fabulous homemade canapes with Helen who always has time to chat with you and help you make the most of your visit to Hanmer. You are just a few minutes walk form the centre of Town but right in the Country and very close to the local golf course. This is true quality and value for anyone who is looking for that special experience. Can't wait to visit again. Mike and Avril Joy.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

When I stay in these boutique bed and breakfast locations, which are almost unique to New Zealand, I judge them on three criteria.

The layout out of the property and the rooms sense of specialness.

The passion of our hosts for offering hospitality.

The quality of the breakfasts.

In all three regards Rippinvale retreat delivers I felt at home, welcomed but crucially not in someones home.

Helen was the perfect host full of joie de vie, oferering the right amount of attentiveness and crucially for a one night stay ensuring we focused our attention in the right areas.

The breakfasts was not very good it was outstanding full of creative endeavour and was served silver service to the room which had a delightful court yard.

I talk a good deal about how Trip Advisor has its fair share of passive/aggressive reviewers incapable of asking their hosts to deal with an issue but quite ready to tell the global audience how something minor went wrong which could easily be addressed. If something needed addressing Helen and John would I am certain respond.

Occasionally a moment occurs on a trip which I never forget. The jacuzzi after dinner nestled in amongst the trees watching the stars appear in the night sky was such a moment.

Room Tip: If you prefer breakfast alone as opposed to communally this will suit you perfectly.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We stayed at Rippenvale for two nights as our Honeymoon to Hanmer Springs. Helen and John were the perfect hosts, friendly but not hovering as some other B&B hosts do, and the accommodation was wonderful! Bed was super comfy, spa/jacuzzi was excellent and the grounds imaculate. The personalised note upon arrival was also a lovely touch. We can't wait to make Hanmer a regular weekend get-away spot, just so we can stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

We had a perfect weekend away in Hanmer Springs, staying at Rippinvale Retreat. Being a little bit out of the township, it felt almost secluded and very romantic, and Helen and John were fantastic hosts. The care and attention to detail was spot on and the breakfast was truely spectacular. Thank you so very much for such a memorable weekend, we have recommended you to many friends and look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

Thank you for such a luxurious and indulgent treat. We both felt very spoilt with the warm welcome, the delicious treats, the luxury accommodation and the beautiful grounds. One night away was enough to recharge our batteries and make us feel special again! Thank you

Room Tip: Only 2 rooms so peaceful and no choice!
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Beattles, Owner at Rippinvale Retreat, responded to this review, 9 January 2013
We are so glad that you both felt rested and relaxed and hope to see you both in the future. Thankyou for taking the time to review us which is always greatly appreciated.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

We had an amazing stay at Rippinvale Retreat. Helen and John looked after our every need with great care and attention. The evening drink and nibbles were delightful, the breakfasts supberb, and the recommendations regarding places to eat were spot on! Our only disappontment was that we were unable to stay a third night but Helen was again able to recommend a great option in Chrstchurch. We highly recommend this wonderful place to stay with any international or New Zealand visitor to Hanmer Springs

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Beattles, Owner at Rippinvale Retreat, responded to this review, 9 January 2013
Thankyou for taking the time to place a review for us, We love catering for "foodies " and look forward to seeing you both again in the winter when the wine is mulled ,the fire roaring and where there is usually more than a skiff of snow on the tops !
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Property: Rippinvale Retreat
Address: 68 Rippingale Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Rippinvale Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A very special New Zealand experience, offering fine boutique accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere. Our suites are private and semi contained set in a private courtyard. Tariff includes pre dinner wine and canapes,fabulous gourmet breakfast of the finest locally grown ans seasonal produce and full evening turn down with Port and chocolates.Use of all facillities. ... more   less 
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