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Willowdale Lodge

D604, off N2 | P.O. Box 46, 9.5kms East of Kokstad, Kokstad 4700, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Burgdorf, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

One of the best and most memorable places we stayed during our South Africa trip - it's worth to go the extra mile! Outside Kokstad a peaceful lodge, the way it was 150 (?) years back - now with hot water, heating ++ :)

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We stayed at Willowdale Lodge for 2 nights in November 2011 en route to Umngazi River Bungalows and will most definitely do so again. We were originally booked in for just one night but, due to damaging 2 tyres, one just before arriving in Kokstad and one between Kokstad and Port St Johns, we ended up enjoying a second night... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

Had a great stay. Was not expecting to find a place of this calibre out in the sticks. Left the following morning refreshed and ready for the rest of my trip. Thanks for the hospitality and great food.

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Cheltenham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

Immediate feeling of 'home from home'; comfortable and relaxing. Our room was very spacious and the food was some of the best we had in our 3 week trip. Conveniently placed off the N2 in a very tranquil setting with a lovely garden. I loved the friendly greeting we got from the little dogs.

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NYC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

I hesitated to write glowing reviews of this place because I wanted to keep it to my self. So I won't be selfish, here is my praise of this little peace of heaven. I have vacationed in So. Africa over a dozen times and when I landed on this place, it makes my life wonderful; I feel that I am... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

The property is located just off the N2 outside Kokstad and the fact that we did not have to go into town to look for something to eat was one of the key reasons we chose the Lodge. Our room was huge with a king size bed - fantastic after having to sleep in a double bed the night before!... More 

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Max086, Owner at Willowdale Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Willowdale Lodge. I must apologize for the threadbare nature of the bathmats and the oldish towels. In running a busy establishment such as Willowdale wear and tear does take its toll and unfortunately your stay coincided with the end of the offending items life cycle. We are pleased to let you know... More 

München
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2010

the positive experience started before we even got to Kokstad. I made my reservation by email and got great directions to get there via a scenic route with very little traffic. The location is nice, easy to find and still far enough from the road to be very calm and relaxing. Staff was very friendly and helpful, could even use... More 

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Durban
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2010

We have just returned from a three week trip to the Eastern Cape, and Willowdale lodge was one of the highlights of our trip. Spotlessly Clean, excellent food, intimate and beautifully laid out. The kids loved the farm, and got to pick apples fresh from the orchard, help herd cows out the garden and were reluctant to leave. we will... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2010

Willowdale Lodge was the perfect weekend break for my wife and I. Conveniently located off the national road, yet in a very tranquil setting, we loved every minute. The rooms are beautiful (massive beds, wooden floors, incredible showers) as are the gardens, the food amazing (one of the best curries I have ever had) and the service spot-on (efficent yet... More 

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Berlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2010

After a long flight to South Africa we found a pleasant and relaxing place to arrive and enjoy the first days of our trip. Excellant food, breakfast and dinner, nice and relaxing garden to sit down and read a book.

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