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  • Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park6.02 km
  • Lake Rotorua7.07 km
  • Kuirau Park9.57 km
  • Tamaki Maori Village10.45 km
  • Rotorua Museum of Art & History10.49 km
  • Te Puia12.85 km
  • Government Gardens15.87 km
  • Whakarewarewa Forest18.53 km
  • Waikite Valley Thermal Pools31.37 km
  • Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland36.34 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Doolan's Country Retreat

    165 Dalbeth Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand, 3072 - See map
    "Highly recommend if you are looking a place that offers peace and solitude."
    Dawn - November 13, 2018
    Exceptional service
    9.6 rating for service
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.5 rating for cleanliness
    Exceptional facilities on premise
    9.4 facilities on premise
    Exceptional comfort
    9.0 room quality and comfort
    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Garden

    • Smoking area

    • Car park

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    Value for money score
    9.3/10
    Service score
    9.6/10
    Cleanliness score
    9.5/10
    Location score
    9.1/10
    Better than
    99
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    of Rotorua properties
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Rotorua properties
    Better than
    98
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    of Rotorua properties
    Better than
    97
    %
    of Rotorua properties
    Value for money9.3
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportRotorua Regional Airport (ROT)
    Distance to airport12.7 km

    Rooms available at Doolan's Country Retreat

    9.0
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    The Quail Suite
    The Quail Suite
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 king bed
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    White Doves Room
    White Doves Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 queen bed
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    Fantail Room
    Fantail Room
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    • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 queen bed
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    Tui room
    Tui room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 queen bed
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    Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Balcony (Quail)
    Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Balcony (Quail)
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      Run of House
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        What people love about Doolan's Country Retreat

        • 10.0
          Exceptional

          "The food was wonderful and the house is beautiful."

          Debra

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          October 28, 2018

        • 8.8
          Excellent
          Bathroom

          "Pros - Christine very helpful, delicious breakfasts Cons - bathrooms need updating."

          Hilary

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          April 5, 2018

        • 10.0
          Exceptional

          "Very quiet, serene and beautiful setting."

          Patricia

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          February 20, 2018

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        10.0
        Exceptional

        "Louis and Mark love their house to take care of us."

        KWOK H.

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        December 10, 2018

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        What they offer

        10.0
        Exceptional
        Cleanliness

        "The rooms are very simple, clean and comfortable."

        Dawn

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        November 13, 2018

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        What guests think of this property

        Overall rating
        9.6
        Exceptional
        From 104 reviews
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        Agoda Reviews (44)Booking.com Reviews (60)
        Rating via Agoda9.4
        /
        10
        Exceptional
        Cleanliness9.5
        Facilities9.4
        Location9.1
        Room comfort and quality9.0
        Service9.6
        Value for money9.3
        High score for Rotorua

        Most recent reviews for Doolan's Country Retreat

        Couple
        Stayed 2 nights in April 2019
        Tui room
        Exceptional9.2
        ExceptionalVery friendly and welcoming hosts who gave us helpful recommendations and insights about Rotorua. We will go again with pleasure.
        Patrickfrom ThailandReviewed April 11, 2019
        Couple
        Stayed 1 night in December 2018
        Tui room
        Exceptional10.0
        Wonderful country house with wonderful people The name, retreat is true. Louis and Mark is really person to share their house and story to us. Let's have refresh during this trip. It's not a hotel but a friend's house to stay. It's very special for us from city to stay a fram house. Louis and Mark love their house to take care of us. Thanks.
        KWOKfrom Hong KongReviewed December 10, 2018
        Couple
        Stayed 1 night in November 2018
        White Doves Room
        Exceptional10.0
        Country Retreat Doolan’s Retreat is a peaceful getaway location. This hidden BnB scores huge points for its grounds and its country setting. Beautiful gardens are on premises and there is a trail to a nearby stream. The rooms are very simple, clean and comfortable. Louise and Mark are great hosts and cooks - breakfast was exceptional. Louise helped us finalize our itinerary with her insight on the local attractions. Highly recommend if you are looking a place that offers peace and solitude.
        Dawnfrom United StatesReviewed November 13, 2018
        Couple
        Stayed 3 nights in October 2018
        White Doves Room
        Exceptional10.0
        AwesomeThis place is a gem. Yes, it's a bit out of town but it only takes about 10 mins to get into town. And it's well worth it. Christine and Louise were terrific hosts. The food was wonderful and the house is beautiful. The views of the valley and Lake Rotorua are enchanting. You may never want to leave the house. Christine loves her "garden" and there are flowers and trees everywhere. They have plenty of land so you can easily wander a bit and sit out on a bench among the trees. If you have Louise book your tours for you, you may get a discount.
        Debrafrom United StatesReviewed October 28, 2018
        Couple
        Stayed 2 nights in April 2018
        Fantail Room
        Excellent8.8
        Nice country locationPros - Christine very helpful, delicious breakfasts Cons - bathrooms need updating. Fantail room doesn’t have an en suite
        Hilaryfrom United KingdomReviewed April 05, 2018

        Reviews of Doolan's Country Retreat from real guests

        Overall rating
        9.6
        Exceptional
        From 104 reviews
        Provided by verified guests of
        Agoda Reviews (44)Booking.com Reviews (60)
        Rating via Agoda9.4
        /
        10
        Exceptional
        Cleanliness9.5
        Facilities9.4
        Location9.1
        Room comfort and quality9.0
        Service9.6
        Value for money9.3
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        9+ Exceptional (25)
        8-9 Excellent (4)
        7-8 Very Good (0)
        6-7 Good (0)
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        9.2
        Exceptional
        Patrick from Thailand
        Couple
        Tui room
        Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

        Exceptional”

        Very friendly and welcoming hosts who gave us helpful recommendations and insights about Rotorua. We will go again with pleasure.

        Reviewed April 11, 2019
        10.0
        Exceptional
        KWOK from Hong Kong
        Couple
        Tui room
        Stayed 1 night in December 2018

        Wonderful country house with wonderful people ”

        The name, retreat is true. Louis and Mark is really person to share their house and story to us. Let's have refresh during this trip. It's not a hotel but a friend's house to stay. It's very special for us from city to stay a fram house. Louis and Mark love their house to take care of us. Thanks.

        Reviewed December 10, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Dawn from United States
        Couple
        White Doves Room
        Stayed 1 night in November 2018

        Country Retreat”

        Doolan’s Retreat is a peaceful getaway location. This hidden BnB scores huge points for its grounds and its country setting. Beautiful gardens are on premises and there is a trail to a nearby stream. The rooms are very simple, clean and comfortable. Louise and Mark are great hosts and cooks - breakfast was exceptional. Louise helped us finalize our itinerary with her insight on the local attractions. Highly recommend if you are looking a place that offers peace and solitude.

        Reviewed November 13, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Debra from United States
        Couple
        White Doves Room
        Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

        Awesome”

        This place is a gem. Yes, it's a bit out of town but it only takes about 10 mins to get into town. And it's well worth it. Christine and Louise were terrific hosts. The food was wonderful and the house is beautiful. The views of the valley and Lake Rotorua are enchanting. You may never want to leave the house. Christine loves her "garden" and there are flowers and trees everywhere. They have plenty of land so you can easily wander a bit and sit out on a bench among the trees. If you have Louise book your tours for you, you may get a discount.

        Reviewed October 28, 2018
        8.8
        Excellent
        Hilary from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Fantail Room
        Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

        Nice country location”

        Pros - Christine very helpful, delicious breakfasts Cons - bathrooms need updating. Fantail room doesn’t have an en suite

        Reviewed April 05, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Patricia from United States
        Couple
        Fantail Room
        Stayed 1 night in February 2018

        A lovely setting in the countryside but close to everything. ”

        Very quiet, serene and beautiful setting. Immaculate room with all amenities. Delicious breakfast included. Owner is very respectful and friendly. We would like be to stay here again.

        Reviewed February 20, 2018
        9.6
        Exceptional
        Ron from Malaysia
        Couple
        The Quail Suite
        Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

        Blissful”

        A tranquil and idyllic setting. Our stay there was wonderfully hosted by Christine. We will absolutely go back the next time we visit Rotorua.

        Reviewed January 18, 2018
        9.6
        Exceptional
        Stephen from United States
        Couple
        Fantail Room
        Stayed 1 night in December 2017

        Exceptional”

        A rather elegant B&B with a great view. The hostess serves all the guests a group breakfast. She is also very knowledgeable about sights in the area.

        Reviewed December 23, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Clarence from Singapore
        Couple
        The Quail Suite
        Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

        Fantastic country estate, awesome scenery, friendly and hospitable Christine!”

        Anyone who plans to stay in Rotorua should stay at Doolan’s country estate. Christine is extremely hospitable, recommends activities and discounts. Cute donkeys to feed, flowers to see, stars to gaze at night, waking up to home made breakfast, simply wonderful! We stayed for 3 nights and can’t wait to stay here again!

        Reviewed December 23, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Sheena from United States
        Couple
        Fantail Room
        Stayed 1 night in December 2017

        Exceptional”

        Christine is a rockstar B&B host and has a gorgeous home and property! We couldn't have asked for a nicer stay. For anyone heading to Rotorua, if you can stay here, look no further and just book it. You won't be disappointed!

        Reviewed December 21, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        June from United Kingdom
        Couple
        White Doves Room
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

        Exceptional”

        If you imagine the best you won’t be disappointed

        Reviewed December 05, 2017
        8.8
        Excellent
        iain from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Fantail Room
        Stayed 3 nights in February 2017

        Great place”

        Absolutely fantastic, host Christine is full of info and good ideas about what to do, even gave us a 10 point sheet of local attractions, mostly free. House is amazing, so comfy, didn't want to leave!

        Reviewed March 11, 2017
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Guek from Singapore
        Couple
        Fantail Room
        Stayed 1 night in January 2017

        Awesome country retreat”

        A great country retreat, thanks Christine and Louise for their hospitality. The place is surrounded by beautiful flowers and they have nice gardens. Feeding the donkeys was a great experience. Will stay in this place again if visiting Rotorua.

        Reviewed January 31, 2017
        9.6
        Exceptional
        Andrew from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Tui room
        Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

        Relaxed b&b in peaceful location ”

        Christine is a perfect hostess - laid back but full of helpful information. Her home is gorgeous, extremely comfortable and a world away from the hustle and bustle of rotorua. Highly recommended, wish we could have stayed longer!

        Reviewed January 24, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        bill from United States
        Couple
        The Quail Suite
        Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

        jan 13-15,2017 ”

        great place to see rotorua. Doolans Country Retreat was a fabulous place to stay. The views were breathtaking. The 10 acres that Doolans sits on is so beautiful because everywhere you look there are flowers. Christine made you feel at home. Doolans was one of the prettiest places that we stayed at in New Zeland. I would highly recommend it. I wish we could have stayed longer. bill and tammy

        Reviewed January 22, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Jean from United States
        Couple
        White Doves Room
        Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

        Beautiful and Relaxing Country home”

        We had a totally delightful and relaxing stay at Doolan's Country Retreat. Christine is a wonderful and gracious hostess - and fabulous cook and gardener!! Her breakfasts were delicious and the perfect way to start the day 😊 . And the gardens are amazing!! We would have loved to have stayed longer and we highly recommend staying here!

        Reviewed January 08, 2017
        9.6
        Exceptional
        Viviana from United States
        Couple
        Tui room
        Stayed 2 nights in November 2016

        Fabulous B&B”

        The best B&B we've had the pleasure of staying in. 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 day, yogurt, homemade musli, toast, homemade jams, ham slices and cheese, all before the main course, which could be mushrooms on toast or french toast with avocado and bacon, or some other delight. Expansive and stylish (in a relatively traditional style) common areas for the guests, comfy bedrooms, nicely appointed bathrooms, and beautiful grounds, with a view of hillside farms and the lake in the distance. As is the nature of a country retreat, restaurants and other town amenities of Rototura are not immediately at hand, but a reasonable drive away; some outdoor and cultural (e.g., Maori hangi) attractions are closer and some further than if you were staying directly in town. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

        Reviewed November 21, 2016
        10.0
        Exceptional
        kihyun from Australia
        Couple
        The Quail Suite
        Stayed 2 nights in August 2015

        Superb ”

        Very friendly owner, nice and quite environment, feels like at home
        Reviewed September 01, 2015
        9.3
        Exceptional
        Ho from Hong Kong
        Couple
        The Quail Suite
        Stayed 1 night in March 2015

        Hospitality of another level”

        Fabulous property; environment match no others; Owner who welcomes you like family

        The house are maintained at an excellent conditions; spacious rooms; decorated like a dream yet warm house; the housekeeper is extremely nice; served you with home make delicious breakfast in the morning; feeding donkey with you in the gardening time and teach you all about stargazing at night. must come back!

        Reviewed April 05, 2015
        9.3
        Exceptional
        Lydia from Sweden
        Family with young children
        Fantail Room
        Stayed 1 night in January 2015

        Beautiful stay”

        House, host am

        Lovely house and great host. We felt very welcomed and 'at home'. We got great tips for our trip in New Zealand. /the Swedish family

        Reviewed January 22, 2015
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