We stayed here for 6 nights at the end of December 2008. From the first moment we arrived we got a feeling of great personal service - the owners of this place really care about their guests. They'll come and ask you how things are going several times a day and will help as much as they can with all your requests.
We stayed both in one of the family rooms and one of the self catering cottages. Both were of good quality and the surroundings are fairly safe for kids (ours were 4y + 10m) and there is a lot of room for the kids to play (no children pool, though).
The dinners and breakfasts they provide are very good - lunches are also good but maybe not quite on the same level as the dinners.
Since we were traveling with small children we could not enjoy the battlefield tours organized by Raymond Heron. There is a game reserve just 5 mins from the lodge and other activities are also available.
Small note about the otherwise excellent service was the cleaning, which was not always on the same level as in similar establishments in South Africa. However, the overall cleanliness of the place is good.
I can recommend this place especially for brief 2-4 night stays!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by low hills that slope up to the towering peaks of the Drakensberg and Free State Mountains. Spion Kop Lodge is the ideal place from where to explore the battlefields, set on an echo farm in Kwazulu-Natal. General Buller’s headquarters during the relief of the Ladysmith campaign, Mount Alice, is located on the farm. The beautifully restored, 8 bedroomed colonial-style farmhouse, is set in tranquil, secure grounds with superb views. Added to this there are two cottages, offering self-catering accommodation in an out-of-Africa setting. There is a library with an excellent collection of historical books, a dining room, cozy pub and a swimming pool. The owner and registered guide, Raymond Heron (F.R.G.S), guides guests to the many historic Battlefield sites, as does his son Alastair. We have 250 different bird species, hiking on the property and Sunset Boat Cruises and horse riding amongst the rhino, giraffe and various other animals. "Arrive as guests, leave as friends." ... more less
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