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The Pillars Retreat
Ranked #1 of 41 Taupo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bendigo, Australia
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12 reviews
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“Absolutely Perfect”
Reviewed 19 November 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 November 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, travelled as a couple
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melbourne
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Reviewed 15 April 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, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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 review, 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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Property: The Pillars Retreat
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 (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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