We really enjoyed our stay at Pillars Retreat ! The house is marvellous, our room (the sunset suite) is spacious and has a wonderful view, John and Nancy are adorable hosts, very warm welcoming and helpful with advices about what to visit in the neighbourhood. There is also a pool and a tennis court in the huge garden, and lots of flowers. The breakfast is really good with fresh products from the farm (eggs, honey...). Only 10 min drive from the center of Taupo (where you can find restaurants for dinner). Don’t hesitate : have a stop at the Pillars Retreat and enjoy !!!
Not only was the property gorgeous and comfortable, but it was the first night we stayed coming down from Auckland on our way through and John & Nancy’s breakfast and hospitality have not been matched. It is a must stay, the town of Taupo was only a couple minutes away and Nancy or John will help with area attractions. We are stopping by on our way back up to pick up my husbands boots he left and can’t wait to see them again. Oh, the radiant heat floors was amazing, along with the honey they farm there (and did I mention the breakfast)?? Amazing doesn’t even come close!!! You can call the directly to book or message them.
Nestled outside of Taupo, the place is a real retreat. Hosts are most welcoming managing to deliver an elaborated service is a simple way. Definitively to stop and stay here if you are in the neighborhood.
We had a wonderful 2 day stay in this perfect retreat. The owners' pride in their beautiful home was undoubted and entirely justified. We think that the best b & b's are often distinguished from hotels or guest houses by being welcomed into the owners' home as if the guest is a family member or friend and we were certainly made to feel welcome from the very start. The breakfast was nicely presented but necessary to pre-order-not unexpected in this type of accommodation. It is out of town but great for guests looking for peace and tranquillity. We will certainly stay again.
The Pillars Retreat is a beautiful home, but that may actually be a negative for a B&B - it is someone’s home - and that is what it felt like - intruding into someone else’s space. Our room and en-suite was very spacious and well equipped with towels, hairdryer etc. Breakfast was included, and this required to be pre-ordered the night before. However, the selection for breakfast was limited and there was really no need to pre-order the limited cooked selection. I found the payment process a little uncomfortable and unnecessary. We booked the accommodation online, securing the room with a credit card, however on arrival I was asked to go to the local ATM and get cash to pay for the accommodation. This was quite unexpected and not something I had anticipated or planned for. The value of the accommodation actually exceeded my daily UK withdrawal limit - luckily I was carrying enough cash to make the payment. If the Pillars Retreat is a business venture, then it should be treated as such rather then strangers staying in someone’s home. …