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Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent place to stay, beautiful, restful and very good hosts. I would recommend this B &B to anyone and everyone who wants a tasteful and relaxing place to stay. Close to Taupo but not on the main drag.

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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review

We really appreciate you writing a review of your stay,and so glad you found it peaceful as we are just on the edge of Taupo town in the country, with only birdsong to disturb the silence.

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

the Pillars retreat is a lovely place with a huge garden and a little swimming pool. The rooms are very well equipped and the view on the garden is so pretty. Gilly and Brian make the guests feel very welcome and invite us for a drink to get to know us a little bit.

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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Valerie for writing us a review and glad you enjoyed the evening drinks with us as its a time to relax and share travel stories with us and other guests.I hope your cold is almost gone now and that it does not hinder your travels in New Zealand.

Bensheim, Hessen, Germany
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Pillars Retreat is not only an luxirious B&B, but the friendly hosts Gilly and Brian make it really a retreat. This is a quiet place a little bit outside of the Taupo tourist area with a great view overlooking the lake.

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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments Joachim, we did enjoy our conversations with you both and thank you again for choosing to stay with us.

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Pillars over Christmas and had a great, relaxing stay. Gilly and Brian were very gracious hosts and let us use their kitchen to make dinner on Christmas as most of the restaurants in Taupo were closed. Our room was incredibly comfortable, the grounds are well maintained and beautiful, and breakfast was very enjoyable. After a lot...

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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review

We did enjoy our Christmas day with you and and so glad you were able to experience a little bit of luxury, as we like to spoil our guests. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want luxury this is THE PLACE! Everything about the beautiful Pillars Retreat is just perfect. The magnificent gardens & grounds are beautifully manicured & the rooms are extremely spacious & luxuriously appointed. There are homely touches throughout, from home baked biscuits in your room, to a sweet treat on your bedside table. The guest lounge & dining areas...

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Thank you Jo for writing us a review, we really enjoyed having you to stay for a night. So glad you enjoyed the experience of staying at the Pillars Retreat and look forward to a return visit.

Canberra - Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment that we walked in through Gilly and Brian's front door we were treated like family. Gilly showed us to our room and then invited us for tea, cake and a chat. They provided us with valuable information on what to see and where to eat in Taupo. All of their suggestions were spot on. Our room was...

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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Steve for such a glowing review, and good to hear that your stay was memorable. My muffins are becoming quite a legend and always happy to provide takeaway bags if you cannot fit them in at breakfast.

Harrogate, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

As b&b's go the Pillars has to be up there with the best Gilly and Brian are brilliant hosts both in the way they integrate with their guests and the facilities/food they provide. Our bedroom was immaculate - the cookies in the jar historic and replenished daily. Breakfast was superb - special praise for the muffins which were sensational. Help...

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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, which is just confirming that Brian & I are committed to making sure all our guests have a great experience on all levels when staying with us.

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We cannot rate The Pillars highly enough. From the moment we arrived, we experienced superb hospitality. Our spacious, comfortable room overlooking the magnificent gardens was a delight. The bed was one of the most comfortable we have slept in anywhere. The house is beautifully appointed with such attention to detail. Our hostess greeted us with a lovely pot of tea...

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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Lesley for reviewing your stay with us and we are delighted that you enjoyed the experience as we work hard to make each guest's stay special. The Garden is lovingly tended by Brian and sure does look amazing at the moment in preparation for our daughter's wedding in a couple of weeks time. Enjoy the rest of your...

Seattle
Reviewed 10 November 2016

A very welcome retreat in the midst of an action packed trip to north island. Most welcoming hosts, Jill and Brian, couldn't do enough for us. Delicious breakfast and comfortable, large bedroom. Spotlessly clean. We enjoyed some down time in the beautiful grounds for a couple of hours one afternoon. Excellent wifi and tv reception.

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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you Sue & Dave for reviewing your visit with us, it was lovely to see you relax in the garden on a sunny day and recharge your batteries before heading on to see more of our beautiful country.We trust the rest of your holiday was not so hectic.

Port Colborne, Canada
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

We spent 4 weeks in Australia and 3 weeks in New Zealand and of all the places we stayed at this Bed and Breakfast was by far the best. Our hosts were very gracious and couldn't do enough for us.When we arrived we were treated to tea and cakes and we joined them for wine later on that evening. The...

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We really appreciate your review and are delighted that we rated so highly on your accommodation list, we work very hard to make sure every guest has the best experience that we can offer.Thank you again for staying with us.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This unique purpose built mediteranean style two storied country manor is a short drive from central Taupo, the perfect spot to stop, relax and discover the central north island. The wonderful panoramic mature gardens and surrounding mountains greet you as you enter our front gates. A warm Kiwi welcome awaits from your resident hosts Brian & Gilly, with a homemade afternoon tea which can be taken in our guest lounge or outside on our sunny patio. Our four self contained, spacious, luxuriously appointed upstairs ensuited bedrooms all with spectacular rural views, Tea & coffee making facilities, along with homemade treats, fresh fruit bowl, TV with USB, underfloor heating, Free Wi-Fi and serviced daily. Guest laundry facilities are available free of charge. An invitation to share a complimentary early evening drink & nibbles and to swap travel stories with other guests is not to be missed. A free shuttle to restaurants is provided, or guests can bring ready made food provisions and eat at home. After a good nights sleep in our peaceful,comfortable beds come and enjoy one of our cooked or continental breakfasts, made with organic or locally sourced ingredients, often from our own garden and mostly homemade.We endeavour to cater for all dietry requirements. Your hosts are happy to discuss and advise on the many sightseeing options in the area, or you could just have a day relaxing around the salt water pool reading a book from our library collection. Children over 13 years are welcome. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Pillars Retreat

Address: 7 Deborah Rise | Bonshaw Park, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Price Range: $242 - $315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Pillars Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“We had the Tauhara Room, double aspect with great views”
 of 5 bubbles 455trevorg, 19 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Our room had a great view of the beautiful gardens and an extra large king bed which was quite a treat.”
 of 5 bubbles SukiSeattle, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Relaxing and gracious”
 of 5 bubbles marklye, 8 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in the Tauhara Suite, although I'm sure all rooms will be of a similar high standard.”
 of 5 bubbles WeyTraveller, 27 Apr 2016 | Read review
“All are excellent”
 of 5 bubbles Pol892, 16 Apr 2016 | Read review
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