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The Pillars Retreat
Ranked #1 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 February 2012

My husband and I stayed at The Pillars for one night. Our hosts John and Ruth Boddy greeted us with a lovely cup of tea and home-made cookies. This very amenable couple have taken great care with their immaculate mansion and grounds, which features lovingly manicured fur trees, well-trimmed gardens, and a glistening pool which was inviting, despite the cool weather. Our room was very spacious with a large ensuite, and the bed was very comfortable and warm. Breakfast was elegantly served with both hot and cold options at the ready. Coffee hounds will love their brew! Our hosts were a very sociable couple and provided us with an interesting cultural history of the area, and tips for our next stop in Napier. Would definitely return to this lovely home.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

We stayed for three peaceful nights at the Pillars Retreat. Ruth and John greeted us on arrival, made us feel most welcome and thoughfully provided everything we could possibly need in the large and comfortable bedroom. We loved the garden, the views and having the spacious sitting room, with a wood fire, to relax in after a day of sight-seeing. Breakfasts were excellent and we enjoyed talking to the hosts and learning more about the country. Provided that you have a car, the Pillars is a great location for exploring the thermal hot spots of New Zealand.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

We stayed for just one night before heading to Waitomo but wished we had booked for longer.
Our generous hosts Ruth and John were extremely welcoming, greeting us with tea upon arrival and great conversation, which made it feel like we were visiting family. This was repeated at breakfast, where we shared a fabulous spread and home from home conversations!
Our only regret is that we stayed for one night. John and Ruth - thank you for such a wonderful stay - we hope to return soon. Craig and Emma

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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polish1, Owner at The Pillars Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2011

Hello Emma and Craig
thankyou so much for taking time out from your busy schedule to write a review about your time at The Pillars and are pleased you enjoyed your brief stay.Like all the reviewers before you we appreciate the time taken by you all. We are often asked about the number of reviews we have but we do know that they are all genuine and have been written by guests who have actually stayed with us.

We enjoy meeting people from around the world,and will continue to do so, you all have different stories to tell.

Kind regards John and Ruth

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Reviewed 20 April 2011

We stayed for just one night in February. This is a lovely place run by extremely friendly and helpful people. Ruth and John made us feel very welcome right from the start and couldn’t do enough to help us (when we arrived we had a problem with our hire car – John immediately offered to jack up the car and fix it for us!). The building itself is lovely and is set in beautiful gardens. There are also little extra touches like a free bottle of wine in your room. Breakfast was great too and we met some really nice other people staying there at the time. The best place we stayed in New Zealand – Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Pillars for a total of 2 nights. Even though I was taken down with a bad dose of gastro for 24hours.....not from this place I assure you.....it was one on the nicest places we have stayed. Our hosts Ruth and John could not have been nicer. They felt more like family than our hosts. When I was sick they made my husband feel like he was at home. I would highly recommend this place for couples. It is such a beautiful spot and the hosts make it even better.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank JulieHToowoomba
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Address: 7 Deborah Rise | Bonshaw Park, Taupo 3379, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Business Centre 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: €144 - €195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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