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The Pillars Retreat

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7 Deborah Rise | Bonshaw Park, Taupo, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 71 hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014
Sarina S Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Spent a night here and was completely happy with the experience. Delightful hosts (wine and snacks with our hosts were lovely) and the most beautiful surroundings. Just a few minutes drive from town (not really walking distance) and a breakfast that set us up for the rest of the day. I thoroughly recommend The Pillars Retreat.

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Thanks for reviewing us and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay, please do come again in the future when you need a break away. More

Anglet, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

our stay at the Pillars in May 2014 was wonderful. It is a quiet place surrounded by a beautiful garden. The rooms are excellent, spacious, and very refined. But above all, it is the hospitality that is a delight and a really delicious breakfast and everything is homemade.

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

Thank you for your comments on your recent stay with us. Brian & I really enjoy meeting people from all over the world and making their stay a memorable one. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip in the south island with your daughters. More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We enjoyed and three week visit to New Zealand just before Easter 2014. We left wet, winter weather in Scotland for warm, wet spring weather when we visited Lake Taupo! During our middle week we stayed in Napier and Taupo and in a bach on the Bay of Plenty. Everything about our two night stay at The Pillars Retreat was... More

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

We certainly did have exciting times here with a scenic helicopter landing on our lawn, making sightseeing so easy for our guests ! So glad you enjoyed your experience with us, as we did chatting about the upcoming Scottish independence elections over a glass of wine, i wonder which way it will go ? More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This place exceeded all our expectations! Beautiful, well-kept rooms, gorgeous grounds and hosts that thought of all the little extras to make our stay memorable. We especially enjoyed a glass of wine and a friendly chat around the fireplace on our arrival and magnificent fresh baking each morning. When we return to Taupo, it will be our definite first choice... More

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

Thank you for choosing to stay with us for your recent break away. It was great to see you take advantage of our closeness to Hawkes Bay and taking the day to explore the regions vineyards, chocolate factory, Art Deco and much more. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. More

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Dad and I stayed here in April whilst touring NZ - we were originally only booked for one night but the welcome, the setting and the standard were all so wonderful, we quickly arranged to stay another. I cannot praise Gilly and Brian highly enough without repeating what the previous reviewers have said. The little touches from a "happy hour"... More

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We did enjoy having you both to stay and it was pleasing to hear that we exceeded your expectations. Hope the rest of your trip around New Zealand went well and that the Franz Josef accommodation we recommended worked out well. More

Berlin, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Everything was just great! Especially the recommendation for dinner at "The Bistro" in Taupo was nothing short of perfect. Stopped by there on the way back and again it was extremely good. Thanks Gilly & Brian!

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So glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that our restaurant recommendation turned out so good twice ! Hope you found the golf courses in the south island up to expectation and that the weather was kind to you. More

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

From the moment we arrived Gilly and Brian made us feel very welcome - they are both lovely people and are very friendly. The B&B was stunning, everything was spotless and has the luxury feel from the moment you walk in. Our room was spectacular...large windows with views of the immaculate gardens and beautiful scenery beyond. The room was finished... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review, this is what we strive for in guest experience and are glad we achieved a memorable experience for you. More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

One of the best B and B experiences we've had. Stayed for four nights and could have stayed longer. Ten minutes out of Taupo in a beautiful setting with lovely grounds,very peaceful and quiet. Luxurious rooms, large and light, filled with personal touches like flowers and home made biscuits and fresh fruit. The beds are the most comfortable we have... More

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We did enjoy having you both to stay for four days and thank you very much for reviewing us. Look forward to meeting again one day. More

Cambridge, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

Brian & Gilly are perfect hosts and bring the B & B experience to a totally different level. The rooms are large & each have an en suite giving you privacy, the room is stocked with home made baking & chocolates, the linen, pillows & beds are fantastic and all this is set in a lovely home & grounds. Overall... More

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What a wonderful review thank you !. So glad you enjoyed the Bed & Breakfast experience and look forward to welcoming you back one day. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

This beautifully appointed b&b is in a lovely,quiet spot a short drive from the town centre.The rooms are luxurious and private and the breakfast was delicious (especially the freshly baked muffins). Gilly and Brian are excellent, helpful hosts and their experience in hospitality makes this feel like a boutique hotel. This truly deserves its number 1 spot! We should have... More

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Thank you for contributing to our Number 1 spot in Taupo by reviewing us. We have also recently been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014 too, which makes all our hard work worth it. More

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Address: 7 Deborah Rise | Bonshaw Park, Taupo, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Pillars Retreat 4*
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style
#1 Romantic Hotel in Taupo #1 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
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The Pillars Retreat is a modern Mediterranean style country manor close to lake Taupo. Brian & Gilly Jenkins as your hosts will welcome you with a homemade afternoon tea, followed by an early evening glass of wine and nibbles.A hearty breakfast next morning is made from fresh local or home produce including eggs from our own hens.Set in 3 acres of park like grounds to explore,with a gazebo,pond,tennis court and swimming pool for you to relax and unwind.The Pillars has four large beautifully appointed upstairs ensuited guest rooms, three with own balconies.The Pillars Suite,our most luxurious, has a californian king bed and large bathroom with a stand alone shower, plus raised bath.Our other suites are either king, superking or californian king beds with three suites being made into twin beds if required. All rooms have under floor heating,flat screen TV,radio clock,gowns,slippers,iron and ironing board,hairdryer,Koha Spa toiletries,tea and coffee making facilities.Home baked cookies,fresh fruit,bottled water and chocolates also compliment all rooms.WiFi is free and available through out the house.We have a complimentary laundry for guests use. ... more   less 
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