B&B  Blossom Cottage - Rotorua New Zealand 



 December 2013

Happy New Year for the family.  We enjoyed everything, the beautiful house and the furniture.  My girl Marie woke up and said ' We have to give milk to the lamb, feed the donkey and rabbit and get the eggs, hurry up!!!  She loved doing that. The hot tub was fabulous and the barbeque very good.  We were very happy to find a clean laundry after two weeks on holiday.  Thank you for the gift for my husband's birthday and many thanks to Rene who is alway smiling and the letters from Marianne.  We will talk about your house at home in Tahiti.

Herve, Christelle, Mathieu and Marie, Tahiti 

December 2013

We had an amazing and wonderful stay at the cottage.  It is cosy, simple, yet elegantly decorated and feels like home. Your warm hospitality really touched us and made the mood more relaxing. Collecting the eggs from the hen pens was also very enjoyable, not to mention running around with the chickens. Blossom Cottage is truly an amazing find and we are triple lucky: (1) Booking the cottage for the Christmas period so late in early december. (2) Having the whole cottage to ourselves. (3)  The hot tub!  Soaking in the hot tub and star gazing is really one of my favourite and most memorable experiences during this stay.  The skies were also very clear and we could count the shooting stars.  Blossom Cottage, as you rightly put it, is truly a piece of paradise.  We certainly wish to return again!

Adrian and Jiaping, Singapore 

December 2013

We spent three fantastic nights here.  The kids were sad to leave.  Olivia loved her mornings and evenings with the animals.  The cottage was wonderful, everything was available.  The afternoon treats were also wonderful and the kids loved the little chocolate treats. Marianne, Rene, Kallista and Nando were very welcoming hosts.  We found the great reviews from Tripadvisor were well deserved (5 Stars!!!)

Bas, Ama, Chris, Olivia, The Netherlands 

December 2013

Thank you for everything.  Had a wonderful stay at this lovely, relaxing cottage.  Keep up the good work.  Hope to be back some day!

Shalynne, Badrul, Mika and Mikaela, Malaysia

December 2013

Such a glorious place and so very glad we found you on the internet.  A touch of luxury and we could have stayed forever.  Could get used to this life!  Our stay has been memorable, especially the hot tub under the moonlight, which will bring smiles to our faces for many years to come, just remembering.... Our thanks for all your care and thoughtfulness with every need supplied.  Loved the bacon and collecting our own eggs, warm from the chickens!  Wish we could stay much longer, but our travelling beckons us on to our new adventures further south.

Linda and Mike Elliott, Peterborough, UK

December 2013

This is the accommodation we dream of every time we travel!  It was perfect and it is rare to find perfect accommodation.  Beautiful surroundings, calm and very relaxing.  The cottage itself is spotless and REALLY fully-equipped, with everything one could need.  Thank you for your warm welcome and all the attention to detail to make us feel comfortable.  We really felt at home and would love to come back soon!

Emilie and Jeremie, Paris, France

December 2013

Blossom Cottage was the highlight of our trip to NZ.  We would have loved to stay longer to enjoy your hospitality, the beautiful surroundings and the cosy cottage.  It was so relaxing and we didn't really want to leave the cottage to go sightseeing.  Loved your attention to detail in the cottage; just about everything we needed was right there.  We felt very much at home. We loved feeding the lambs, rabbits and the donkeys, playing soccer with Nando and Rene and soaking in the hot tub.  Also LOVED the decor, gorgeous quilts and the plunger coffee was delicious. We will definitely recommend Blossom Cottage to all our family and friends.

Patricia, Gary, Matthew and Lachlan Chapman, Dubbo, Australia

November 2013

Thank you for a very comfortable and agreeable stay.  You catered for each and every one of our needs.  The cottage is charming, very clean and spacious. Your welcome was kind and helpful.  We will definitely recommend to friends!

Farida and Jean-Yves Chandavoine, West Indies/France

November 2013

We had such a wonderful time and we cannot fault anything, from the hot tub to the beautiful views with our breakfast and dinner, feeding of the donkeys, lambs and chickens.  The clean, beautiful cottage with the surprise awaiting us every day on our return, including cake, croissants, chocolate and books for our two girls.  We will never forget their excitement while feeding the lambs.  We felt special and looked after and Blossom Cottage is one of the best places we have stayed at.  We could probably keep going on.

Eduard, Elmarie, Isabel and Jessica, Australia

P.S. All the dolls and dress-up clothes were a huge hit with the girls.

November 2013

This mysterious, magical place stole our hearts:  the vintage cottage, treats, morning sunrise and views will be etched in our memory forever.  This was the perfect accommodation for our honeymoon and the romantic hot tub, outdoor shower and stunning decor will be in our memories for a long time to come.  Thank you Rene, Marianne, Kallista and Nando for making our holiday in New Zealand even more special.  We will definietely recommend to our friends and family!

George and Lucy Smith, UK 

November 2013

Blossom Cottage was truly a wonderful place to stay.  We loved the fresh eggs, muesli, breakfast provisions and really liked the fresh herbs outside. The additional eggs and croissants were fabulous. The hot tub was so relaxing and romantic. Everything was so clean and you even came in to clean up and give us fresh towels. That is over and beyond great hospitality!  Thank you for letting us check out late; so nice not to be rushed on our last day in NZ.  Blossom Cottage was the highlight of our first trip to NZ.

Lynn and Wayne Axelson, Hawaii

November 2013

We travelled for 3 hrs plus all the way from Auckland to Rotorua.  At first, we thought the cottage gate was closed, but Marianne and Rene gave us a big welcome. We were overwhelmed by the hospitality, loved the crisp white bedding, the hot tub is unbelievable and the brownie heavenly.  The children enjoyed the animals, especially the lamb feeding, they are so cute. We enjoyed the super nice scenery. This cottage is a little gem and trust me, this is the best B&B we have stayed at and we will definitely recommend.

Nicole Loh and family, Singapore and Auckland 

November 2013

Sometimes life is all about the little things, which Blossom Cottage delivered every minute of our stay. It has been such a relaxing stay during our busy tour of this wonderful country.  The cottage is beautiful, well-organized and in a perfect location for a family enjoying a New Zealand adventure.  Thank you for your kind hospitality.  We will never forget this wonderfully quaint little cottage and hope to visit sometime again in the future.

The Sharrads, Canberra, Australia

November 2013

There are moments when your wishes actually come true in life.  Living in a green countryside was one of ours and Blossom Cottage made it happen.  The sights, the smells, the sounds.  We wish we could take it all back to India. We loved every thoughtful thing that filled the cottage shelves: books, magazines, movies, crockery, etc.  It was as if time stood still in our lives and we were transported to another world where we went about our daily chores without the stress of it all.  We hope that Blossom Cottage will continue to be a blessing in the years to come for so many city-tired and stress-weary souls.


With much love, Bennett, Anitha, Tanya and Brian, India


October 2013


The accommodation and service was extraordinary and we could not have asked for more.  We wish all the best to you.  May Blossom Cottage blossom forever.


Mahadi, Hawa, Danial, Aquil and Basil Baker, Singapore


October 2013

If anyone asks 'is it just as good second time around?'  'Yes it is!!'  We have enjoyed ourselves once again.  We loved soaking in the hot tub, counting the shooting stars on the clear nights (all lights off).  The animals add such character and enjoyment to the environment.  The high standard of quality and cleanliness makes it a pleasure to stay. Thanks to Kallista and Nando.  Ryan and Loren enjoyed the football games again!  All the very best.

The Munro Family, Auckland,NZ


October 2013

You were most accommodating and a great hostess! The house was spotless with some wonderful details (hair dryer AND straightener - wow!)  It is very evident that you have been doing this for a while.  Breakfast provisions were amazing and the best we have had yet!  Thanks for your kind hospitality.

Zoe and Luke, Sydney, Australia


4 October 2013

We have had an absolutely wonderful family break. Our boys loved playing with the lambs, Luke and Dora, feeding the donkeys and rabbits, playing in the sandpit and on the trampoline and running around everywhere.  We have loved the relaxed atmosphere, the beautifully appointed cottage, the hot tub, breakfast provisions and baking.  Thanks for being such hospitable and gracious hosts; we shall be recommending you to all our friends.

Lisa, Ryan, Xavier and Alexei Clark, Auckland.  P.S.

The only down side is the kids will be pestering me to adopt a lamb when we get home!!


1 October 2013

Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely cottage!  What more can one ask for - a spotless cottage, everything one needs to make you happy and a magnificent view of Lake Rotorua!  We enjoyed the quiet surrounding,s not hearing traffic or trains rambling by and the lovely rural setting. The farm atmosphere is lovely, and we enjoyed hearing the little lambs bleating and the donkeys braying in between. Thank you for spoiling us with all the treats left for us and all the attention to detail to make our stay an experience we will never forget!

Johannes, Silke and Martin Moolman, Brisbane, Australia


27 September 2013

We had a fantastic time at Blossom Cottage: in the hot tub, feeding the lambs, donkeys and chooks. It was great to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax.  We loved the cottage and of course the chocolate brownie on arrival.  Thank you for a great stay.

Sharon, Fin, Lauren and Rebecca, Blackburn, Australia


22 September 2013

On a cold rainy night we were welcomed by Rene to their delightful farm cottage.  After making us comfortable and providing us with snacks, as we hadn't had a meal, we settled into our homely cottage, enjoying the special decor touches.  A warm spa completed the evening.  Our 12 year old granddaughter enjoyed making friends with the farm animals, especially the black lambs and donkeys.  Unfortunatley, the weather was not kind to us, but the warmth of the cottage and your friendliness and hospitality made up for it.  Only good things to say for TripAdvisor.

Steve, Sue and Rose, Howick, Auckland, NZ


18 September 2013

Thank you so much for sharing your little piece of paradise with us.  We have had an incredibly relaxing time and have loved just hanging out at the cottage. Maisie loved feeding the animals, playing on the trampoline, all the toys in 'hidden' suitcases. We loved the spa, movies and the baking.  Your attention to detail is awesome and all the little touches really do make it a home away from home.  The sun is shining and we don't want to leave. We hope to be back soon!

Sam, Nigel and Maisie, Auckland, NZ


10 September 2013

My husband and I came to Blossom Cottage for our honeymoon and loved this peaceful, romantic corner of Rotorua.  We were welcomed by our friendly hosts, Rene and Marianne, and the animals on the property, including the hens and Bindi and Max, the donkeys.  When we went into the cottage, there was a welcome card and delicacies on a vintage plate, as well as an array of delicious breakfast supplies. We loved the beautiful quilts, art-deco lights and the vintage decor.  The views were stunning and so was the sunrise that came into the living room early in the morning. We saw Lake Rotorua in the distance and listened to the native birds while we had breakfast on the deck. To top it all off, after a day of mountain biking in the Redwoods and visiting Hobbiton, we relaxed and drank our bubbly in the private hot tub at night and saw the full moon and stars.  Absolute bliss!  Blossom Cottage is the perfect romantic destination and we'll definitely be back !

John and Sophie Smithers, UK


4 September 2013

We knew from the TripAdvisor reviews that this place would be amazing.....and we were not disappointed!  What a gorgeous cottage, fabulous location and fantastic entertainment for our very busy 3 year old.  All the little touches, baking, biscuits, etc have left our bellies and memories very full!  We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Rotorua, made all the more enjoyable knowing at the end of each busy day we were coming ''home'' to Blossom Cottage.  We leave with a list a mile long of all the requirements our son now has for a new home.  Not sure how we will accommodate lambs and donkeys on our small site in Central Auckland....we can dream!  We'll be back.

Shelley, Craig, Luke and Ollie, Auckland


23 August 2013

Thank you so much for everything.  We had a lovely stay in this cottage.  Children loved donkey and hens, more many animals. It's amazing stay.

Ryoko, More & Fuku Kojima, Japan


17 August 2013

Blossom Cottage is truly an amazing find and we could not have asked for a better way to round up our tour in New Zealand.  The cottage is cosy, spotless, well stocked and comes with just about everything we need to feel right at home.  The hot tub is absolutely heavenly on a cool winter night.  We really appreciated the wonderful accommodation and, more importantly, your warm hospitality and personal touch in getting us settled in.  Our satisfied tummies thank you for the scrumptious home baked treats, too!  We will certainly miss this home away from home, and our new found furry friends (donkeys, lambs, bunnies, cats, hens, ducks).  Thanks again for everything and we'll be sure to recommend Blossom Cottage to our friends and post an equally stellar review on Tripadvisor.

Adrian, Rick, Limin and Liyu, Singapore


8 August 2013

Comfy cottage, beautifully furnished, love all the extras, like Panadol.  Lovely home baking,  Also appreciated the servicing of the cottage, it made our holiday even more enjoyable.

Clare Floyd, United Emirates


2 August 2013

We really had a great, relaxing time.  My daughter loved feeding the donkeys and, even more, collecting the eggs for our breakfast.  Your cottage is very cosy and complete, so will definitely post a good review on Tripadvisor and recommend it.  Thank you for everything!

Carlos and Pasha, Dominican Republic



27 July 2013

A true home away from home.  This cottage is one of the best appointed accommodation we have ever stayed in. It has been one of the best family stays we have ever had and we have travelled extensively through Europe and Asia.  It's the little touches that make it stand out from the rest.  The opportunity to collect fresh eggs was fantastic and if they came any fresher the hens would have to be laying in the kitchen.  Hot tub and toys were brilliant!  We look forward to visiting again as soon as we can.  Blossom Cottage is a true gem.

Geoff and Rebecca de Zylva, Canberra/Wellington



21 July 2013

Awesome for R & R.  Loved the hot tub.  Fantastic hosts. Will definitely be returning within the next few months.

Phil and Sandie, Hamilton, NZ



19 July 2013

Thank you so much for the fantastic stay.  It was faultless.  Would love to stay again!!

Jonathan and Robyn Dove, Auckland



8 July 2013

We were delighted that Blossom Cottage was available for us during our time in Rotorua after the enormous task of landscaping was finished.  Warm welcome, heating on, provisions for breakfast generous, very helpful advice and tour arrangements for our flight to White Island and Tamaki Maori Village made for us in advance.  Rooms comfortable and spotlessly clean.  What puts Blossom Cottage among the best places we have stayed (and they have been many) are the creative skill and enthusiasm that enabled Rene to transform Blossom Cottage into a cosy, convenient cottage and the thoughtful care of Marianne's hospitality, providing the 'extras' to make our stay special.

Frances and Angela, Canberra, Australia



7 May 2013

Dearest Marianne and Rene, We absolutely loved everything and were pleasantly delighted in the effort and thoughtfulness that was put into this cosy cottage.  We appreciated the little gestures such as the fresh flowers and brownies. There is something for everyone here and it is our first farmstay and it beats any hotel we have stayed in before.  We are well-travelled, so this a really sincere compliment.  Skylene loved the house, toys, hot tub and absolutely adored the baby rabbits whom she has named Pepper and Chocolate, and of course, Cloudy the kitten and the many farm animals. The kitchen was perfect and had everything we needed.  I especially liked the electric blankets and heated towel racks, as we came on a cold, rainy day.  Please keep up your excellent work and we will be back.

Mark, Jelessa, Nicole and Skylene, Singapore


4 May 2013

Thank you for a wonderful and relaxing stay.  It was just what we needed.  Really impressed with all the kids' toys and things to do.  The kids loved collecting the eggs for breakfast each morning and the place is very cosy, relaxing and clean.

Tony, Natalie, Sam and Ava Radley, Auckland,NZ

28 April 2013

We have absolutely loved our stay and will be telling all our friends. We were really looking forward to this holiday and it has been exactly what we wanted and needed.  The kids loved all the toys, suitcases full of things and the animals.  Jason and I feel relaxed and would love to come back!  Blossom Cottage is a delightful place to stay.

Galea Family, Auckland, NZ

20 April 2013

Thank you for a delightful stay. Our three girls couldn't wait to get here and worried each day about how much time was left!  The cottage is beautiful and inviting, a pleasure to come home to.  We loved the views, the cows and the outdoor space with never-ending adventures for the kids. I don't think there is a toy they didn't relish discovering; they loved them all.  The animals were a hit too, especially the morning egg collecting and the escaped rabbit.  I am now under pressure to make your farm animal biscuits from now on.  We will never forget our stay.  Amazing! 

Emma, Tom, Amelie, Katia and Annabelle, Sydney, Australia

15 April 2013

We have loved every minute.  Perfect location, near to town but far enough out for total peace and tranquility.  Our 2 year old daughter loved feeding the animals, collecting the eggs and had great fun with the dolls and books.  We appreciated the hot tub after a busy day sightseeing. Thanks for the home baking and croissants we arrived back to each day.  We are already planning our next visit in July!

Jodie, Richard and Jasmine Green    P.S. Wish we could take Cloudy and Delilah, the kittens, home with us!

2 April 2013

We have had a delightful stay!  All the girls have wanted to do while we have been out is to be back playing with the animals.  They have run out of the car door everytime we get back, and bolt out first thing in the morning. They especially loved the visits by the kittens and the rabbits.  We appreciated the welcome cake, books, dvds, condiments, gladwrap, magazines, well-stocked kitchen, outdoor set, soft toys and kiddie boots, to mention a few.  The hot tub was an absolute winner for us at the end of each day. Thanks again.

Shireen, Anthony, Anika and Sohana, Australia (Samoa temporarily)

29 March 2013

Thank you for a wonderful holiday.  Quinn and Beau have had the best time.  Feeding the animals has been a highlight.  Thank you chickens for the lovely breakfast.

Clinton, Gina, Quinn and Beau Brownlees, Auckland, NZ

25 March 2013

A wonderful welcome and an absolute sanctuary!  Loved the interior decor. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the attention to detail could not go unnoticed.  We have not needed for anything whilst here....even the weather was kind to us.  The children have fallen in love with the freedom you have to offer and their confidence with the animals was wonderful to see. Please continue as you are, as you have found the right thing to offer people: welcome, warmth, luxury and freedom. I am not sure your website does you enough justice.  Thanks once again.

Claire, Jay, Marcus and Jasmine, Bath, UK

21 March 2013

Thanks for your generous hospitality. Blossom Cottage's decor is beautiful and your thoughtful touches were very much appreciated.  First impressions were good and we were glad not to be staying in Rotorua city. After a busy 2 weeks travelling NZ, it was great to spend time relaxing!  You have thought of everything and even had panadol on hand! The kids enjoyed playing with the toys and especially collecting the eggs every morning....they want chooks at home now!

Neil, Katherine, Jackson, Tayla and Spencer Lucas, Australia

14 March 2013

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect stay.  The weather was sunny, the cottage gorgeous and our hosts, Rene and Marianne, were delightful.  Our children enjoyed the trampoline, table tennis, soccer goal and the endless supply of toys available.  They loved the Crazy Glasses Basket, the Silly Squishy Slippers and the Feathers and Fluff Walk around the property, where they fed and spent time with the animals.  Thanks for making our holiday so special!

Greg and Lorna Smythe, UK

10 March 2013

Loved the vintage crockery with breakfast goodies, the cosy country quilts and old black and white photos adorning the walls.  The retro suitcases filled with toys and dressing-up clothes are perfect for old-fashioned games.  The animals with all their quirky personalities were very endearing and we loved collecting our eggs fresh from the hens' nests.  The sunny weather was the  icing on the cake.

Meredith and Tony, UK

8 March 2013

You are a hostess extraordinaire!  This will undoubtably be the "find" of our entire vacation.  Having grown up on a farm in the USA, we felt right at home with the cows at our doorstep and fresh eggs just across the yard. We feel very lucky to have found Blossom Cottage at the the last minute. The fresh cake awaiting our arrival, we all agreed, was the best cake we had ever eaten. We were so happy with the thoughtful details, the fully-equipped kitchen, the games, movies and yummy bathrobes. Breakfast and supper on the porch, visited by the cows and then the chickens, couldn't have been better. Thanks so much for a marvellous stay.

Jane and Judi Brown,  James Protzman, USA

3 March 2013

Thank you for a lovely stay in this delightful and peaceful location. We wish we were staying longer.

Carol and Steve Coventry, London, UK

26 February 2013

What a fantastic spot with stunning views.  Blossom Cottage was very comfortable and the fridge generously stocked. You must have had fun with this beautiful cottage, making it so charming and comfortable.

Sofianna & Simon Kuiti (Levin, NZ)  and  Peter and Lindsay (UK)

24 February 2013

We have been more than satisfied with our stay.  Most hosts don't know our names or the country we are from, but Marianne greeted us with a very warm welcome, with our names and she knew where we had driven from the day we arrived at Blossom Cottage.  We loved the breakfast items, the cake, recommendations from Rene and the hot tub.  You really pamper your guests!

Anke and Gerd Broeckelmann, Germany

22 February 2013

Thanks for your warm hospitality; our stay was far too short!  The cakes and croissants were excellent and the facilities and the way they are laid out show how much you care about the enjoyment and ease of stay for guests. Lauren loved the animals and the selection of outdoor toys was fantastic.  An excellent stay, relaxing, comfortable and away from the noise of town.

Stephen, Louise and Lauren, UK

18 February 2013

What a lovely little haven you have created - absolutely delightful and it spins its web of magic so you never want to leave.  Thank you so much for the warm welcome. The breakfast goodies and yummy cake were perfect. Gathering our own eggs in the morning was just brilliant.

Punshon family, Auckland (Ex UK)

14 February 2013

Blossom Cottage has been, by far, the best cottage we have experienced, with everything we needed. You have been so welcoming, the cottage is beautifully furnished throughout and the hot tub under the 'Milky Way' was sheer bliss. We will recommend highly to friends and on Tripadvisor.

Janet & David Brindle, Cumbria, England

12 February 2013

Loved staying and don't want to leave. As hosts, you have been fantastic and it was great to spend an evening with you.  The cottage is beautiful and we loved the way it was furnished.  The quilts are lovely!  The kitchen was as well-equipped as our one at home.  Lovely location, including all the animals and hot tub, which makes star watching even more special.  Perfect place to stay.

Frankie and Mic Laird, Uk  

P.S. Please look us up if you are ever in the UK

5 February 2013

Loved this place so much: the vintage crockery, old suitcases bulging with toys and dressing-up clothes, romantic scenery, outside shower overlooking the idyllic farmland and of course....the hot tub under the moonlit sky. We enjoyed the kooky donkeys, guinea pigs, bunnies and the hens' freshly laid eggs each morning for our breakfast on the deck in the sunshine.  Marianne's cakes were the best we'd ever tasted and her home-made muesli was a treat each morning. The barbeque was perfect for our yummy dinners at the cottage after a busy day sightseeing. We will return!

John and Maria Sandhurst, Canada 

1 February 2013

We are so pleased we found Blossom Cottage on the internet.  Your attention to detail in furnishing this place leaves wanting for nothing.  You have thought of everything.  After almost 3 months of travelling, our 2 year old couldn't get enough of the outdoor and indoor toys!  Your kitchen was so well-equipped, a pleasure to cook in.  Thank you for providing such a calming environment to relax in.  We wish we could have stayed longer.  Thanks for the muesli recipe!

Rohan, Meera, Amit, Rasik and Shobhna, Uk

24 January 2013

We enjoyed the lovely scenery and what you have done with the decor. We had a great time with the lovely animals, especially the rabbits and donkeys. We like  how private and quiet the place was, it is quite rare to find that these day and it was certainly appreciated by all of us.  The hot tub was a lovely treat to temporarily have one of our own.

David, Jane and Sian Stephens, Wellington

21 January 2013

We appreciated your warm welcome, comprehensive facilities and cleanliness!  After 16 days travelling, we were fast running out of clean clothes for our next leg, so this was perfect. The invitation into the art of collecting eggs first thing in the morning was an education in itself.  Your attention to detail was excellent and we have no hesitation in recommending friends and family to visit.

Margaret and Derek Gregory, U.K.

18 January 2013

We are so glad to have found Blossom Cottage. Our stay was one of the highlights of our trip because of the ambience and comfort.  The special, homely touches were much appreciated. Everything is thought of, including the extra towels and kitchen supplies. Melinda will miss her animal friends, especially Shadow Mist, the bunny. We have not had a better stay anywhere in the world and are sad to leave this touch of paradise. We hope to return.
Julia, Stan, Samantha and Melinda, Mackay, Australia

13 January 2013

Seriously, this is an outstanding 5 star accommodation and you are an amazing host.  100% happy !!!  It felt like home and thank you for all the attention. I am really impressed and this is the best ever! We'll be back. Merci beaucoup!

Pascal Languillon & Virginie Bresson (Auckland)      Janine Janniere (France)

11 January 2012

Very caring and considerate hosts, from the yummy brownies to the suitcases of toys for the kids.  We all had a relaxing and wonderful break and it is a beautiful place. The children's favourite memories are Flynn collecting the eggs and Millie's are the suitcases of dressing up clothes and Blacky the bunny. Thank you so much. Perfect break.

Hayley, Phil, Flynn and Millie, Uk

7 January 2012

Beautiful place, everything is absolutely perfect.  Loved the fresh flowers; your place has a touch of class throughout. Delicious eggs, lovely animals, comfortable beds and the ideal atmosphere to unwind, relax and feel completely at ease. Marianne and Rene made us feel very welcome and valued, they made an already amazing place that much better. We would like to thank you for being so accommodating to both of us, as well as our two spontaneuous guests, and we look forward to coming back next time!

Jenni and Stacy, Auckland, NZ 

4 January 2013

What a fabulous place to see the New Year in!  Your cottage is perfect and we have all had a wonderful time.  Our girls, 7 and 4 years old, loved collecting the eggs, playing with the bunnies and running away from the chickens!  Everyone enjoyed the hot tub and to have a barbeque to cook on every night was great. A bit bizarre cooking steaks while being watched by the cows!!  We will recommend your cottage to everyone we know!  You have all made us feel very welcome. 

The Noble family, Canberra, Australia

31 December 2012

Thank you for making the last two days of our family trip to NZ so enjoyable. The kids loved the animals, all the little touches, such as cakes and chocolates were wonderful. We will highly recommend your cottage to anyone travelling to Rotorua.

The Davidson family, Melbourne, Australia

29 December 2012

Excellent attention to detail.  Nothing for the children wasn't thought of.

Deborah Richard Jones, Australia

26 December 2012

We want everyone to know what a wonderful, hospitable and charming place this is. For weeks the kids have been asking us "when are we going to stay at the place where they have got a donkey?" How rewarding it is to see three donkeys standing patiently in the paddock as you arrive?  Personally, Sito and I were more charmed and enchanted by the wonderfully decorated (thanks to Marianne) and very comfortable (thanks to René's building and construction skills) cottage, not to mention the beautiful surroundings.  Please don't change anything: it is perfect as it is!  Kallista and René, thanks a million for taking Pleun and Noor for a ride on Poppy, even though the rain came pouring down.  You've made yourselves unforgettable, even allowing the girls to take Blacky the baby rabbit 'home' to the cottage for an hour or so.  Be careful, though: the girls told us they would like to come and live here forever, so you might want to seek cover before they take up all of your time!!  Marianne, you were by far the most friendly person to talk to by phone before we made our booking official.  Arriving here and finding a Dutch Christmas pastry and gifts for the girls under a real Christmas tree has made our Christmas picture perfect.  Thanks to all of you!

Sito, Simone, Noor and Pleun, Australia

24 December 2012

Everything was really great. We felt relaxed and enjoyed our stay very much. This is the best place to stay that we ever had in New Zealand. Thank you for your welcome and warm hospitality and we'll be back some day. The chocolate cakes were also great!  Thank you.

Naoko and family, Japan

17 December 2012

Thank you for your hospitality, cakes and eggs. I wish we had more time to spend here, as we found it very peaceful and relaxing. Especially the hot tub and outside shower under the starry sky.  Very cute bunnies and apparently very SCARY CHICKENS !!! (My children, 17 and 19 years old were frightened of them!!!)  However, as we were driving to the cottage for the first time, we were met by an adorable hedgehog, just outside the cottage gates.

Urszula, Ted, Michelle and Sebastian, Australia

14 December 2012

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.  The children loved the animals: the cute bunnies, picking the eggs.  They loved playing on the trampoline and the table soccer as well.  Instead of going to the Polynesian Spa, we took a hot dip in your hot tub.  It was great!  We had a memorable stay here.  All thanks for your thoughtfulness and hospitality.

Matthew, Elinor, Brian and Kirsten, Singapore

12 December 2012

Having read rave-reviews on Tripadvisor, we had high expectations; but your warmth and thoughtful generosity have blown us away. Your cottage is so complete, clean and thoughtfully provisioned. Even the light switches are exactly where one needs them. We have loved the animals, the brownies and the eggs! We were thinking of signing up to Tripadvisor so that we could submit a review and sing your praises! We wish you every success for the future.

Julie, Greig and Lyra, South Africa

9 December 2012

As we got back to the cottage and saw the guestbook and mints on the table, we actually felt sad, as it reminded us of what we have been dreading - leaving this beautiful place! We even talked about trying to cancel other plans to stay here longer. Despite the poor weather the first few days, you were all so helpful and kind. Though the power cut out, the candles you provided actually gave us a nice setting for a cosy night in the cottage! You are all such lovely, thoughtful, kind people and we can easily say this has been our favourite part of our 3 week holiday in the North Island. We have definitely agreed we will need to come back one day with our families! We appreciated the croissants, cake, chocolates. Even George, who is more of a city boy who loves technology, really loved our stay. We will never forget our stay. 

Elia and George, Australia

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