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“Smelly obtrusive dogs, moist room” 1 of 5 stars
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Happy Lands B&B
Prospect Road | PO Summerville, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6107, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #6 of 22 Addo B&B and Inns
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
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27 hotel reviews
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“Smelly obtrusive dogs, moist room”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I really don't understand the high ratings for this B&B on tripadvisor. It wasn't anything special, actually, it was quite bad.

We arrived here late in the evening. You'll have to pass about a mile of stofpad (dirt road) to get to the B&B. The rooms show their age and are clearly in need of updates. It felt and looked a bit dirty - old bathroom, damp room, noisy ceiling fan and a dirty mosquito net over the bed. No airco. I ended up removing the mosquito net and using it as an insect screen for the door, which I left open during the night.

The bed was ok. There was an old fridge in the room, which was ok.

The worse part came the next morning. I wanted to go for a dive in the pool but the water was cloudy and it smelled. I got in to my knees until I decided I'd better get out. During breakfast their smelly and obtrusive dogs kept bothering me. I dislike dogs and the entire situation with them got me on edge, let alone their nasty smell. It left me just wanting to get out of there as fast as possible.

The owner wasn't very approachable. Very closed, not passionate about his B&B at all and he only showed up in the morning to bring us the bill.

Will definitely not come back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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NTSAddo, Owner at Happy Lands B&B, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
When we read this negative review about our B&B, my husband and I both asked ourselves the same question: “Is this review about our place? Is the writer not confusing our B&B with somewhere else?”

Above everything else, we, as the owners, pride ourselves on offering warm South African hospitality and friendliness to each and every one of our guests. And judging by all our other reviews, this quality has been felt by everyone coming to stay with us.

Our 3 beautiful Labradors are part of our B&B. Our guests love them and they love our guests!

We pride ourselves on our immaculate garden, well maintained rooms and high standard of cleanliness. We are constantly looking at where we can improve and upgrade our accommodation, always aware of maintaining our high 3-star rating.
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights. Mike and Tina made us feel so welcome. The accomodation between the citrustrees is stunning. The kids loved the dogs and the playarea. The breakfast was a real treat. We were sad that we had to leave but we definitely be back.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Very friendly hostesses, very nice room, very nice pool, very nice surroundings and we had an OUTDOOR SHOWER! We liked every bit of our stay. The owners went very far out to welcome and help us. The rooms were big and nice beds with fluffy pillows. And they had very friendly dogs.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We stayed in this B&B after having visited the Addo Elephant Park. Although we only booked a couple of hours ahead, everything was ready when we arrived (including dinner!). We got fresh lime-juice (so refreshing) and had a nice dinner on the patio with the other guests. It was really a great evening. Although the B&B was run by friends of the owner (owners were on holidays) – everything was perfect and we really felt like at home. We had good discussions and learnt a lot about oranges. The B&B is in the middle of a citrus farm and has a large garden you can walk around. There are not a lot of restaurants around, so if you can have dinner there – do it! Road to the B&B somehow not too easy to find….

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Happy Lands for 4 nights, with our 5 month old daughter. Stunning setting, fabulous host (thanks Ryan), evening meal provided was wonderful and very much appreciated since eating out with a baby can become hard work! Couldn't have asked for a better stay. Hope to come back one day and test out the new zip line...

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed two nights at Happy Lands. The owners are very nice and helpfull people, and the location is a beautiful farm with a lovely garden. We liked it very much. The farm can be reached by a sand road. Recommended, 5 stars for sure !

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

always worth a visit, stayed their with a small Baby (3 months) my two young daugthers and my wife in January 2012. What a beautiful place, what nice people. My daughters were in the pool all the time we were there. Its a bit difficult to find without a navigation help. but price and food and service all fit. Best alternative if you cant find accommodation inside Addo itself

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Happy Lands B&B

Address: Prospect Road | PO Summerville, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6107, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Addo
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Addo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four rooms each with en-suite bathroom: Home-cooked meals on request Horse rides through the orange orchards View the stars of the southern hemisphere Swimming pool Beautiful garden setting Breakfast served on the verandah Malaria free area ! 20 min drive to Addo Elephant Park 45 min drive to Shamwari 30 min drive to Schotia Safaris 50 min drive to Port Elizabeth ... more   less 
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