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Rippinvale Retreat
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

Absolutely wonderful stay in hanmer springs, glad we did our research and came across this gem. Would definately recommend to all, fabulous friendly hosts who could not have been more welcoming and helpful. From making recommendations for dinner and confirming reservations to informing us of lovely local walks it couldnt have been made easier. John and Helen could not have made our stay any more enjoyable, the homemade breakfasts of garden picked berries and freshly baked croissants and bread, also squeezed juice and lovely toasted muesli etc. The gorgeous homemade afternoon canapes with perfectly matched glasses of wine and the locally made fudge left on our pillow after returning from dinner. We really could not rate this place any higher. Location is close to the centre so easy flat 10-15 minute walk will help digest dinner. Their home is set in lovely surroundings and a dip in the spa pool just finishes it off. Thanks again Helen and John, we will definately see you in the not too distant future! Wishing you a great year.....

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hannah P
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

To travel half way round the world for a second visit says it all. After passing through for one night last year, these four nights enabled me to gain a much better insight into Hanmer and its surroundings as well as saviour the delights of Rippinvale Retreat. I love the proposition, your own suite with silver service breakfast providing on the one hand that all important privacy and Helen and John providing a full concierge service and that all important crucial local knowledge on the other.

They are also warm and emotionally engaging making you feel at home instantly. Hanmer offers the famous springs but there is some thing naturally recreational about the vibe of the area rather than being overtly touristy. I could quite easily see me returning for a third time to sample more of the wonderful opportunities and the unique experience which is Rippinvale Retreat

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Michelle J
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Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

We had charming hosts who made us completely at home including Lillie their Burmese cat. The breakfasts served in our suite, from an array of organically home grown fruits and berries, with home baked croissants, bread and condiments full of innovation and individuality, were the best we have ever had. The decor and setting were in keeping with the entirely tranquil environment. We will be back for sure.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank OPUS106
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Visiting elderly parents in Christchurch over Christmas and New Year, we were looking for somewhere to visit not too far from Christchurch that would suit my parents and our teenage son. Rippinvale Retreat hit the right note for three different generations. My parents appreciated the peace and quiet in a picturesque setting, yet the location is only a few minutes by car from restaurants and activities in Hanmer township. My son declared Helen's freshly baked croissants still warm from the oven the best he had ever had (and he is quite a discerning critic as far as food is concerned). Hellen and John know how to make guests of any age and background feel welcome, and Lilly, the friendly resident Burmese feline, will steal the hearts of any cat lovers.
Despite inclement weather for our two-night stay, we all left feeling refreshed by the attractive surroundings, special breakfasts and charming hosts.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
Thank Karin G
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Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

Loved our stay very comfortable and yummy home made breakfasts by Helen.
Comfortable suite which made even nicer by special touches each day and night.
Awesome location and activity
options in hanmer
Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank Kiwilomls
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