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Brussels
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Pity the tourists staying in the same kind of hotels in Rotorua that they could find anywhere in the world. Instead they could be staying in the green rolling hills above the city with magnificent views to the lake and mountains at Christine Doolan's delightful country house, enjoying far more comfort, tranquility and personal attention. Christine's house is large, light...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We spent 2 nights at Doolan's. Another reviewer described Christine as like visiting your favorite aunt. We agree. She was very helpful and pleasant. I forgot my camera when we left and realized when we were 2 hours away. Christine offered to drive halfway and she ultimately took the camera to an overnight express courier and it caught up with...

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Reviewed 1 January 2017

We were happy to have stayed at Christine's wonderful home. The room was quiet, very clean, and filled with quality furniture. The beds were comfortable. And breakfast was delicious. Christine made us feel at home, and offered great suggestions for places to visit in the Rotorua. The B&B is situated on top of a hill with a beautiful driveway and...

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Hangzhou, China
Reviewed 15 December 2016

This property is maintained very well by Christine, who lives there for 18 years. There are 10 acres of land around the house on the top, and two "beef", one horse and two donkeys live together on the farm. We saw many kinds of plants there, like kiwifruit tree, cherry tree and even manuka tree (within which there are 9...

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 December 2016

A beautiful country setting, warm welcome, very nice room and a lovely breakfast. We felt at home and Christine arranged breakfast (comprising anything you wanted) and its timing round us. A driveway narrow and twisting is worth it when you arrive and it opens out to lovely grounds and views.

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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I loved Christine's beautiful estate, her hearty breakfasts, and her advice about local activities and our drive to Wellington. It's a good idea to plan on some time touring the gardens, as you won't find better. Hope to return someday!

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Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This is a really charming B&B set in the hills outside Rotorua. Christine Doolan welcomed us even thought she was in her wellies planting a row of white roses by the portico in front of the house. After a nice cup of tea and a chat, recommending sites to see and where to eat, we settled in. My wife went...

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Oakland, California
Reviewed 21 November 2016

The best B&B we've had the pleasure of staying in. Christine, the owner, is personable, friendly, helpful, has great knowledge of the area and suggestions (likewise, too for places you might travel on to afterwards), and genuinely cares about the happiness of her guests. And did I mention she cooks a fabulous breakfast? Breakfast includes a different fruit salad every...

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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Had 2 nights here while we toured around Rotorua. It was delightful visiting with Christine, who knows the area very well and has a knack for conversation. I recommend this place. Breakfasts were both delicious and substantial.

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Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed a few nights at doolans and I highly recommend it. Christine is just awesome, always friendly and helpful. The breakfast was fresh everyday with self made jam and muesli. The garden is so pretty ad on rainy days you can hang out inside which is very relaxing and decorated with lots of love. Thank you christine for being such...

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Additional Information about Doolan's Country Retreat

Address: 165 Dalbeth Road, Rotorua 3072, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range: €148 - €217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Doolan's Country Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“All on one floor bungalow style property, one room has an adjacent bathroom rather than ensuit but this is not an issue.”
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“All rooms are excellent”
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“We personally didn't stay the night, and only used the outdoor area.”
 of 5 bubbles Smith-Jones-Whanau, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All rooms seem lovely and look over the beautiful gardens”
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