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43 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Robbie was already waiting for us when we arrived at the B&B. We had a choice of rooms as we were the only ones there. We got some info on how best to organize seeing the local attractions and where to go for dinner (not a lot of choice in Owaka ;-) )

Thank on4bam
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thank's for your great review and I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Catlins. Cheers Robbie. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2016

We stayed for four nights during the Owaka 150th celebrations in January. It was a lovely comfortable stay and Robbie, the host, was fantastic. Very welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly with lovely breakfasts every day and nothing too much trouble. It felt like staying with family. Can't recommend this place highly enough, will definitely stay there again next time we are... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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56 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Very clean and comfortable room with ensuite bathroom, in an older style home . Robbie is an exceptional host who ensures you are warm and comfortable during your stay. He has good advice on where to go and what to see. He is an excellent housekeeper and you will be impressed with his room presentation!

Thank stevebro
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Hi Steve and Pam, Thanks for the great review and your company over the two days. It's not a bad place to call home with lots to see and do. Cheers Robbie. More 

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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

We stayed at Robbie's place for 1 night while travelling through the Catlins last week. The room was great and so was the breakfast too. Thanks very much for the great hospitality and local tips. The local takeaway cart does a good Catlins burger

Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks for your time posting a review,it was great to have you stay and to enjoy the area as well as the food at our new Food Truck . Cheers Robbie. More 

1 review
Reviewed 1 February 2016

The most welcome and comfortable B&B for our trip in South Island. Room was warm, clean and tidy. Nice guest lounge with tea, coffee, beer, wine & even home made cakes. We also had a good chat and to get to know each other. Robbie even rinsed our car in the morning as it was fully covered by mud. I... More 

Thank kongl927
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks Kong for the great review,I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay and I hope the rest of your holiday went well. Cheers Robbie. More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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69 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016

We had a wonderful stay in the Catlins. Robbie is a charming host and we felt like home with him. The house is an old wooden one, with a lot of character. We had a big and confortable room, and enjoyed also the nice guests lounge with a warm chimney. Delicious breakfast also. Great stay !

1 Thank Oriana P
Sydney, Australia
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104 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

The welcome said it all - open fire going (despite it being summer, temps were between 7 and 10 degrees) and tea, coffee, wine and beer on offer in the communal living area. Great recommendations for things to do, see and places to eat. Room spacious and comfortable. Had some fabulous conversations about the worlds problems and how to solve... More 

1 Thank Judy F
Matlock, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

We were so new to the South Island experience and Robbie you were the perfect host. You pointed us in the right direction to see the wonderful seals and also shared your Sunday Lunch with us. Thank you for a very comfortable stay and for your generosity. You even tracked to the post office for us to collect the missing... More 

1 Thank Liz M
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Hi Liz, Thanks for the great review and your kind words. It's a good feeling to be able to have nice people share my home,the village and our beautifull surroundings and it is very much appreciated spreading the word about whats on offer in this wonderfull part of the South Island. Cheers Robbie. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2015

We stayed here in late November. Robbie had the fire on each evening and it brought back memories with the coal smoke. This is the best value B&B, beautiful rooms, great hospitality and plenty of information about where to go and what to see. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There was even a visiting jazz orchestra on the Sunday evening,... More 

1 Thank JandPNZ
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice remarks.It was great to have you stay and to sit round the open fire and have a yarn. Also thanks for joining in on our community event with the Jazz Festival at the hall on the Sunday night,it was great music. Cheers Robbie. More 

2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 November 2015

I am sure my visit to Catlins will not be as smooth, pleasant and complete if I did not choose to stay at the Catlins Retreat House. The tidy, clean and beautifully furnished rooms was only part of the reason. The key is the host, Robbie. Starting from the enquiry and booking on line, to the telephone contact the day... More 

1 Thank Amelia T
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Hi Amelia and friends, Thank you very much for your great review and your very kind words. When you work with nice people it makes my job so much easier. I'm pleased you enjoyed your time in the Catlins area and to take home photos and memories of this special part of New Zealand. Cheers Robbie More 

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Comfortable Bed&Breakfast in the Old Doctors Residance and Practise, built in the year 1900. Your host Robbie Hodge. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Catlins Retreat Guest House

Address: 27 Main Road | Catlins, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Owaka
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Catlins Retreat Guest House Southland Region/Owaka, New Zealand
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“Room with ensuite bathroom”
 of 5 bubbles stevebro, 15 Mar 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are perfect.”
 of 5 bubbles SimonRapp, 31 Dec 2014 | Read review
“All are good, set for families, solo travelers and couples on a get-a-way”
 of 5 bubbles MartyMNZ, 18 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Very comfortable big room had a spare single bed as well”
 of 5 bubbles JacquelineP904, 12 Mar 2014 | Read review
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