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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 73 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely wonderful. Brian and Gilly are the most welcoming hosts and their property is perfection. My husband and I just returned from an adventurous trip to New Zealand for our honeymoon. We stayed at The Pillars for 2 nights and really enjoyed our stay. The property is a little oasis about a 7 minute drive from downtown Taupo. It was... More

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

Thanks for reviewing us, we did enjoy spoiling you both on your honeymoon. It was good to see you explore the area and try some of the many activities that Taupo has to offer as well as being able to relax back at the house here. More

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From when we stepped through the door until we left, Gilly and Brian graciously shared their corner of the world with us. As kind and generous hosts, right from the start we felt welcome and special visitors over our three day stay. We stayed in the Bonshaw Room - generously sized, beautifully decorated, with great views across the Taupo Basin,... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review and glad your long weekend away was so enjoyable.We look forward to having you to stay again in the future. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tranquil location With mountain views. The house is very beautifully kept with stunning gardens. Impressive breakfast spread of mostly homemade food. The best part is Gilly and Brian's hospitality - sharing stories over a wine, XL omelette to fuel for our Tongariro Crossing hike, packing us delicious muffins for the hike, checking the weather on the morning...we only wished we... More

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

You guys certainly made it happen walking the Tongariro crossing and thanks for the photos you sent of your walk, it looked amazing.Brian has many stories to tell so always entertaining over an evening drink or breakfast. More

Storrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I spent 3 wonderful days with Brian & Gilly at the Pillars Retreat in late October. Luxury boutique B&B perfectly describes the hospitality, attention to detail, beautiful house, garden and surroundings. Brian & Gilly were so helpful in directing us to the best places to visit, sending us off each morning with a sample of homemade muffins.... More

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

Thanks for confirming what we advertise- Luxury boutique B & B. It is our pleasure to make sure our guests see and experience the Taupo area, and to have a muffin along the way keeps you full of energy throughout the day.It is standard here to have takeaway muffins, supply permitting ! More

Buderim, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here for two nights but would have loved to stay here longer. The owners, Brian and Gilly,are wonderful hosts who make you feel at home immediately. The room and guest area are spotless, well equipped with attention to detail is first class. The grounds and gardens are well,maintained and lovely to walk around. The breakfast... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review and so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes Brian & I have always had high standards in every business that we have owned. We continue to always improve our guests experience. More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We arrived around 1PM, before standard check-in time, to drop our luggage before heading out for a hike. We came unannounced and were warmly welcomed. The rest of our stay was just as pleasant. This is a relatively new, small (4 rooms) bed and breakfast that is run by its owners, Brian and Gilly. The guest areas and rooms were... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review which confirms that we try to make all our guests feel comfortable & relaxed and would like them to feel quite at home in our large house. Should you arrive early we cannot guarantee your room will be ready but are happy for guests to drop baggage and give you some refreshment. More

Ashburton, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My family stayed at the Pillars for a week in October and could not have had a more enjoyable stay. The rooms are spotless, spacious and well-equipped and the hosts are super warm and friendly. The food is absolutely delicious! If you are after relaxation, luxury and a wonderful friendly environment in a beautiful setting then The Pillars is the... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay. When we have guests staying for a few days, they really do relax and unwind and it was great to see you leave us re-energized. Glad you enjoyed Gillys homemade cooking, its always delicious and fresh.Look forward to having you stay with us again sometime. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My partner had never stayed in a B&B so I was really hoping for this stay to be as amazing as the reviews and pictures suggested- and it was. Greeted with a warm welcome by Brian and Gilly, we dropped straight into relaxation mode. This place was really special, from being invited to join the owners for a 6pm drink... More

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your first B & B experience with us, as we aim to make our guests feel at home and relaxed and love to spoil them with home made treats. Our rural location provides some lovely vistas over the garden to lake Taupo in the distance, perfect for unwinding after a long car journey. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We stayed at the Pillars retreat as a stop off on our way home. It was our first time staying in a bed and breakfast and we definitely didn't regret it. The service was outstanding and very welcoming. The rooms was perfect, well laid out with a lovely view. It was good to be able to stay somewhere where we... More

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Thank you for your review, which highlighted that many of our guests are having a first time experience of a Bed & Breakfast accommodation. We have a large breakfast table and guests can arrive when they are ready in the morning, more often than not participating in some wonderful conversations !The guest lounge is a warm and comfortable space to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

We were so lucky to find this place. Hosts are wonderful , they are so nice and friendly. Rooms are adorable, view is stunning, food is so delicious! We highly recommend this place to everyone. This is one of the best bed and breakfast accommodation in New Zealand. If you are looking for a great place to relax , eat... More

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

Thank you for choosing The Pillars Retreat for your special anniversary break away and so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We aim to serve the freshest ingredients often sourcing from our own garden or home preserves when available. The garden is just on the point of budding with Spring now taking hold.We look forward to seeing you again... 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*
Number of rooms: 4
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