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The Pillars Retreat

7 Deborah Rise Bonshaw Park, Taupo 3379 New Zealand
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This unique purpose built Mediterranean style two storied country manor is a 10 minute drive from central Taupo, the perfect spot to stop, relax and discover the central north island. Panoramic mature gardens and surrounding mountains greet you as you enter our front gates. A warm Kiwi welcome awaits from your resident hosts John and Nancy. Our four self-contained, spacious, luxuriously appointed upstairs ensuite bedrooms all with spectacular rural views, refrigerators, Tea & coffee making facilities, TV with USB, underfloor heating, Free Wi-Fi and serviced daily. A free shuttle to restaurants is provided, or guests can bring readymade food provisions and eat at home. 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Airport transportation
Fax / photocopying
Secured parking
Street parking
Free internet
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
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Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu
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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 !!!
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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.
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Response from PillarsRetreat, Owner at The Pillars Retreat
Responded Oct 29, 2019
Hope you folks are doing great! Thank you for such a kind review. Your boots are safe and waiting for your return. Looking forwards to to see you again, soon. John and Nancy
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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.
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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.
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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.
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New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionTaupo DistrictTaupo
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Pillars Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to The Pillars Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Great Lake Taupo (5.0 miles), Waipahihi Botanical Gardens (3.4 miles), and Maori Rock Carvings (4.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Pillars Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Pillars Retreat?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The Pillars Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Pillars Retreat?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Pillars Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Brantry, Spoon and Paddle, and Mole & Chicken.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Pillars Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Pillars Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Pillars Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Pillars Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, Urdu, and Farsi.