We came across The Pillars on Booking.com and booked just the morning of our arrival. Sadly we could only stay one night, but would have loved to been able to spend more time there. From the moment we parked the car, Gilly &Brian were welcoming and helpful.
We spent a fabulous afternoon in their grounds playing tennis, swimming and just relaxing on the grass reading. We then joined them for cheese and wine and a great chat before going for dinner in a restaurant recommended and reserved by them.
The attention to detail in the Pillars is exceptional, from the home made goodies in the rooms, to the cakes and jams served at breakfast where the ingredients come from Gilly and Brian’s own farm.
I would recommend the Pillars to anyone who travels through Taupo and is looking for something more personal then an anonymous hotel. Gilly and Brian’s knowledge of NZ is invaluable for people travelling around and they’re thoroughly nice people to spend time with.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. All have an invitation to share complimentary early evening refreshments and to swap travel stories with other guests. 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pillars Hotel Taupo