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The Pillars Retreat
Ranked #1 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
“Amazing”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

I visited The Pillars in October 2013. From the moment I arrived I felt like I was at home. Gilly and Brian welcomed me with wide arms and were wonderful hosts. It was a pleasure to share their beautiful home. My room was spacious and imaculately groomed. I enjoyed time exploring the beautiful gardens and started each day with a beautiful home cooked breakfast.
Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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2GillyJ, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments. We have been working hard, since taking over the management of The Pillars Retreat in early September. Our rooms and facilities have been upgraded with our guests comfort and enjoyment in mind.We look forward to hosting you again soon.
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London
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We had 3 nights at Pillars, Ruth and John are excellent hosts and are very helpful to help you enjoy the best of what you want to see in the area.
I would recommend the white water rafting it was amazing.
We loved our breakfasts with our hosts, they love getting to know their guests.
Our room and bathroom were lovely.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Aachen
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed in the pillars in january 2013. We loved the beautiful guest rooms. We had a living room and a big sleeping room for own use. The breakfast-buffet was delicious and we the hosts joined us. So we had a very interesting talk during our brunch.
Unfortunately we were to old to use the slide ;-)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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polish1, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Hi Ralf D
thankyou for taking the time to pass comment of your stay at The Pillars. We enjoy hosting guests from many different countries and always try to give great hosting and facilities. Your comments, and as said before, those from other guests are really appreciated
Thankyou
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Parma, Italy
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

From the moment we arrived at the Pillars, we felt at home. The owners, John & Ruth, directed us to the living room where we were provided warm hand towels to clean our hands, cookies and wine and water, while we relaxed and chatted after a long day on the road. Afterwards, we were given a tour of the home and taken to our Deluxe Suite, which is the most thought after room by honeymooners. In this enormous living area we had everything one could possibly need and some more. Our huge bedroom with an over sized king bed opened up to a balcony that overlooked the entire property. In the dressing room area there were white robes and slippers, a small fridge with water and a bottle of wine, on top of it there was a crispy clean linen cover with a plate with fresh fruits and cookies, a polished clean knife and linen napkins. Inside the bathroom there were fresh flowers, candles, a beautiful view from the bath tub to the back garden, and a very large counter with toiletries and plenty of space for two people at the same time. Everything bright, clean, spacious and comfortable.
The entire second floor has all four rooms with private balconies that open to their beautiful manicured garden, swimming pool and tennis court. Also, if you just want to either sit on the balcony or walk around the garden on simply rest inside one of many rooms downstairs, you may do so without being disturbed. Probably John will be working at his computer in his office and Ruth baking some break or cookies in their very large kitchen that also overlooks the entire garden.
The breakfast table had plenty room for 8+ people, with all the food displayed on a buffet. Breakfast consisted of several types of breads, jams, coffee, tea, fruits, fresh starwberries from their own garden and an omelet to die for, made freshly just as we came down from a much needed good night of sleep. John and Ruth had breakfast with us and we really enjoyed our conversation about New Zealand, overall economy, and similarities and differences between our countries. After breakfast they gave us tips of were to go and munch by the lake area.
We left "The Pillars" with a heavy heart. We loved the place and John and Ruth's company, wishing we had more days just to enjoy it even more.
This was the best and most beautiful B&B we've ever been to and we recommend it without any regrets.
Walter and Marianne Zinn,
Dublin, Ohio, USA.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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polish1, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Hi Marianne and Walter
thankyou so much for taking the time to write a very extensive review of your stay with us at The Pillars. We are delighted you enjoyed your time here. Our aim is to show good Kiwi hospitality to all and we appreciate your comments. What we enjoy about hosting at The Pillars we meet travellers from all around the world and like yourselves all have an interesting story to tell and we learn so much. While we have travelled to many countries via our guests there are many still to visit. Thankyou once again
Our very best regards John and Ruth
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Bendigo, Australia
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed 3 nights with John and Ruth, our room was spacious, with lovely views and beautiful gardens. The most memorable part of our stay was the Looooong breakfasts. In John and Ruth's house, or more correctly mansion, you are treated as family. So we had the pleasure of sharing breakfast with our hosts, where we would discuss our day and what we wanted to see. Soon the conversation turned to other things and time would slip by as we talked about common interests. Thanks so much John and Ruth for a wonderful and memorable 3 days.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Devon
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

A very comfortable modern family home with beautiful gardens. Our hosts John & Ruth greeted us on our arrival with tea and biscuits served in the lounge. A very welcome start to our stay with them for two nights. Our bedroom with views to the gardens and swimming pool was spacious with an extremely comfortable bed and ensuite bathroom. The excellent breakfast choices were delicious and as we were the only guests we were also able to enjoy the company of our easy going hosts. Their advice and recommendations on things to do and choice of restaurants to visit added to our five star stay with them. They even included a very drinkable bottle of wine on the tray with the tea & coffee facilities.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank alsaldevon
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melbourne
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

Our family of 4 (2 kids 10 & 12) stayed in 2 rooms for 1 night in Taupo. John & Ruth were lovely and went to the trouble of ringing the local attractions to check for availability for us over Easter.Large comfortable bedrooms upstairs and free wifi were much appreciated after our stay in hotels.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Pillars Retreat
Address: 7 Deborah Rise | Bonshaw Park, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Pillars Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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 John and Nancy, 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 dietary 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 
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