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Rippinvale Retreat
Ranked #2 of 15 Hanmer Springs B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Friendly hosts, delicious breakfasts (not your standard continental!), great wine, affectionate cat, secluded location but only a short drive to town.
All the extras you'd expect (bathroom products/tea/coffee etc) are a real step up from a standard motel/hotel :-)
Helen and John clearly take pride in looking after their guests and it shows.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Sublime, heavenly, luxurious!
From the moment we stepped out of the car, we were treated to the most wonderful hosting from Helen and John. We were truly spoilt and treated like royalty.
Highlights include.... The most delicious canapés and wine, served on a silver platter and of course.... Jacuzzi under the starlight!
Can't wait to come back!

Love Jenny & Rob

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Helen B, Owner at Rippinvale Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We really enjoyed meeting you both and are now planning a trip to Christchuch to listen to your beautiful sultry voice Jenny ! In the meantime john and I are enjoying your fabulous CD.
We look forward to seeing you again.

Warmest regards

Helen and John xx

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Dear Helen & John,
Our sincere thanks for hosting us during my brothers wedding in Hanmer. Special occasion called for a special retreat, and Ripponvale was the perfect base camp. This is the 2nd time iv had the privilege of staying at your beautiful property - bringing my folks back this time speaks for itself. The attention to detail, the pampering, hot tub under starlight, & most of all the breakfasts... words can't describe how tasty Helen's fresh pastries are! You guys are 1st class & deserve to be #1 on Trip Advisor. Thanks again, and we look forward to hosting you in our part of the world sometime soon. The Sproulls

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Helen B, Owner at Rippinvale Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Hi Anthony ..

How fantastic to catch up with you again and to meet your mum and dad as well.
John and I were so pleased you had such a great weekend and that you chose to stay at Rippinvale again.
Thanks for such a lovely review, it makes such a huge difference to us.


All good wishes

Helen and John xx

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

From the very first moment of arriving at Rippindale, our hosts Helen and John made us feel welcome and pampered at their beautiful property. One of the things I'm finding out about boutique Kiwi B&B's is the efforts the owners go to in creating a wee bit of paradise in their homes and gardens - Ripponvale certainly delivers here. Guests are free to explore both the naturally landscaped open areas and more cosy corners of the gardens - which also provide much of the fresh produce that goes into their amazing food! The spa is tucked into a secluded spot not far from the studio units and looked great. We didn't get round to taking a dip in it (all hot pooled-out from visiting the Thermal Springs!) but I'm sure it would have been just as well maintained and clean as everything else.
Arriving early evening meant that - once we'd been shown the way across the driveway to our studio by Helen and Lily the cat - we were served home-made canapes and matching wine whilst Helen got us settled-in, helped us with a few tips about Hamner, made a dinner reservation for us and made the arrangements for breakfast the following morning. One of the highlights of a stay at Rippinvale are the stunning home-cooked breakfasts - definitely just about the best we've had anywhere. The detail and care put into everything served to us: creamy porridge, poached fruit, home made jam, freshly-baked pastries and bread... My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Served from 9am as well - how civilised!
The studios themselves have been designed to offer a good degree of privacy - even with being directly joined to each other and to the owner's home - and maximise the natural morning sun. If it hadn't been a clear, crisp late-April morning, we'd have definitely had breakfast on the wee terrace at the front. The unit has an open area accessed from patio doors onto the terrace with dining and sitting space, and a kitchenette stocked with the usual bits & pieces (including a varied selection of real teas and coffee). At the back is the en-suite bedroom - super comfy queen bed in our unit (the other is a king). Again kept beautifully clean, bed turned down, warm and homely. The bathroom was also immaculate.
We're really looking forward to another stay during the ski season - maybe burn off some of those breakfasts!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We had a two night break at Rippinvale and we're warmly greeted by Helen and Lily their beautiful Burmese cat. The Suites are very private but very well appointed and comfortable. Helen is a wonderful cook and delighted us each day with different canapés and wine before we went out to dinner and an amazing breakfast served in our Suite each morning. Although there are no mountain views the Suites are well positioned in the well tended grounds and make for an ideal retreat getaway.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Helen B, Owner at Rippinvale Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2014

Thank you Ron and Fiona for your review. It was lovely to meet you both and we are pleased that Rippinvale was able to afford you both the R&R you needed !
Just a comment about "no mountain Views" however, It is a bit difficult to get away from mountain views in this beautiful alpine village and no less from Rippinvale. To the south of your suite are the leslie hills and when enjoying the garden it is hard not to be wowed by the open and unobscurred views of the magnificent Amuri range.

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Reviewed 1 March 2014

What can I say except over a two week trip around New Zealand for our honeymoon we found this to be our best accommodation. Helen and John were great hosts, very welcoming and there to help out with any requests. The food was superb and there was more than enough too keep us going. The bed was the comfiest either of us had slept on and the room was clean and cosy. We enjoyed walks around the beautiful gardens and an evening spa. If we ever end up in NZ again we will definitely revisit and we would recommend Rippinvale to anyone. Thanks again Helen and John for helping to make our honeymoon just that bit extra special.

Regards Phil & Mel

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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Address: 68 Rippingale Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
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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: £123 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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