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Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow. I had booked the Pillars for my wife, myself, and another couple based on the very positive TripAdvisor reviews. While I arrived with high expectations, they were definitely exceeded. Everything about this wonderful B&B was spectacular. The grounds are immaculately groomed and stunningly beautiful. The house and the guest rooms are modern and well appointed. The breakfasts were complete...

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gilly and Brian have a beautiful home with lovely grounds just outside of Taupo. Wonderful breakfasts in the morning, and wine in the evening. They were very helpful with making dinner recommendations and bookings in the Taupo area. If you are using a Garmin (yours or your rental), it may not find their address, so have the Pillars' phone number...

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

Thank you scott, no problem to give you directions to our place. Caroline Drive or Bonshaw Park may show up on the GPS device as an alternative, depends on the model you have with the car. It was a pleasure to host you and glad you enjoyed your stay.

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were made very welcome by Gilly with tea and cake on arrival at this lovely country manor. Good advice on what to do locally, very nice, comfortable room (Tauhara suite). Interesting discussions over excellent breakfasts with Gilly and Brian (and the other guests). A very pleasant, relaxing experience. Thank you both very much. P & T

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

So glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that we could help with local advice, its always great to see guests get out and explore the area.

Chester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Travelled around North Island NZ.stayed in a variety of hotels/motels.This was simply the best.From start to finish luxury 5+star treatment. Short drive to Taupo. Pillars benefits from being slightly off the beaten track. Hosts very attentive providing loads of information on what to do locally. Lovely garden.Only regret could not stay longer definitely will return.

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

Thank you Steve for your wonderful review and that we could provide a special experience for you.We look forward to hosting you again in the future.

Brecon, Wales
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Gilly and Brian are great hosts. Nothing is too much trouble and we were made to feel very welcome by Brian from the minute he opened the front door. Very relaxed atmosphere, beautiful house and garden. Whether tea and cake on arrival, drinks in the evening or breakfast in the morning, it was all great. Thanks so much for a...

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

Brian & I are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and as always we just want our guests to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings we have here. Enjoy the rest of your travels to South Island.

Swaffham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have just spent 2 wonderful nights in the Pillars Suite at the Pillars Retreat .Gilly and Brian are wonderful hosts who went out of their way to welcome us .The property is in a very tranquil setting which guarantees a good nights sleep followed by a delicious breakfast with eggs laid by their own hens . Try out the...

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

What a delight it was to have you both to stay, we really enjoyed your company. Our hens are laying well at the moment so you are assured of a free range egg for breakfast. take care and enjoy the last of your time in New Zealand.

Isle Of Man
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to stay here a couple miles out of Taupo after wonderful stay 2 years ago. We found the welcome and service equally outstanding and the facilities and room better than ever. This an ideal base for visiting the town surrounding area or just somewhere totally relaxing to chill.

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

What a delight it was to have you back to stay with us, we really enjoyed catching up over an evening drink and breakfast. We are continually upgrading our facilities and the bathrooms were new last year, providing guests with a more luxurious experience.

Highland Park, Illinois
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Pillars is as beautiful and perfect as its pictures‼ Gilly and Brian are wonderful warm helpful hosts. The home is gorgeous as are the grounds. Made to Order breakfast is delicious and we so enjoyed meeting The other guests. The location 10 min drive from CBD is Great because the countryside is so beautiful Gilly recommended Lotus Thai in...

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

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we are so glad that we met your expectations. There are plenty of good restaurants in Taupo and we are happy to make suggestions and help you find that special meal.

Guildford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent two nights with Gilly and Brian and felt totally spoiled from the minute we arrived. This really is a luxurious B&B and worth paying the extra for 5* treatment. We didn't try out the slide next to the stairs in the hall. Maybe next time?!

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

We love to spoil our guests and make sure their stay is extra special, so glad we delivered this,and look forward to hosting you again in the future sometime. Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay with us.

pasadena, california, USA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent only one night, unfortunately. The room was large(The Sunset room) and the bathroom was large and well outfitted with modern shower and new flooring. There were homemade cookies left for us, and the owners Gilly and Brian met with the guests at 6:00 for cocktail hour and a chat. Breakfast the next morning was plentiful with a full hot...

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

Thank you for your review and we are always happy when our guests have a memorable stay. We love to interact and help with sightseeing in the area or just talk about any topical news.We are not far from Taupo centre and run a free shuttle to drop guests off at restaurants in the evening, then they take a taxi...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • 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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  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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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: RM821 - RM1,115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Pillars Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“All five rooms are well appointed. It really depends on whether one wishes to face east or west.”
 of 5 bubbles rgsmsn, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Some rooms have balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles 26SteveD, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The Pillars Suite is gorgeous but there are cheaper options!”
 of 5 bubbles Victoria996, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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
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