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“Way too expensive” 2 of 5 stars
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Golmangtae
71-8, Bongsan-ri, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Boseong-gun B&B and Inns
3.5 of 5 stars 10 Reviews
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“Way too expensive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

It is not worth the price (113$ US) for two people, 1 night. The surroundings are spectacular, but the building is shabby, and the decoration is odd (stucco everywhere, and papier mâché lamps). In the bathroom, there wasn't any washbasin, and the toilet paper distributor was very inconveniently placed in the bedroom. To get wifi, you have to go into a deep, creepy, not well lighted grotto. Communication is not easy with the owner because his english is very limited. His son helped by calling a taxi for us. We knew from the other comments on this site that Golmangtae was not within walking distance of restaurants or stores, therefore we brought some food, knowing that there was a kitchen. Well, we managed to boil some water, but that's it. No utensils, no plates, just a few bowls and old frying pans. The owner offered to cook Korean breakfast and dinner, but we declined. During our 2 weeks stay in Korea, we slept in many different wonderful places, but this place was the most expensive, and the least satisfying.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Located in the heart of Korea’s green tea plantations. Only a short drive to town center, the coast, and tea fields. Very friendly and gracious hosts. Unique exposure to green tea variants of Korean traditional spices. A worthwhile stopover on the way to exploring other areas of the Jeolla province.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

The plantation is nice and the green tea and green tea biscuits (for sale there and elsewhere) were delicious.
This place is very far from town and left us feeling stranded without a car. We were reliant on the owner to either drive us in or call a taxi for us--there is no phone in the room so if there was nobody around we had to wait until someone came back to help us.
Apart from the odd sort of toadstool appearance of the buildings, I'm not sure if this place is supposed to be eco-friendly. The room did not seem to retain heat very well (or it all went up to the top of the peaked ceiling) so it took a lot of electric heating to keep it warm.
The room had an old-style TV (only a few local channels), A/C, and a kitchenette with the loudest fridge I'd ever heard. It rattled so noisily whenever it kicked in that we had to unplug it to get some sleep.
The bathroom was a "wet room" (the shower was not screened off at all) so the entire room got wet during a shower and the floor was always wet--it never dried out.
There was one small corner shelf for the shower, and no shelf space near the sink at all except the top of the toilet. There was one small towel rail in the room, which was fine as there were only small towels, about 4 hand-towel-sized ones.
The bed was the most hardest one that we slept in in Korea, and I actually woke up with back pain. It might be ok for those who like their beds hard.
There were no nightstands and no closet: a set of pegs on the wall was all that was available.
Cleanliness did not seem to be a priority: the top of the fridge was covered in a thick layer of dust and the were various hairs on the soap and pillows when we arrived.
It seemed expensive for the area.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

I stayed for 1 night in Golmangtae and found it really unique. It is on the way to the tea festival site. The room is actually a house made from loess and it is huge.
There is TV, dryer, fridge and even power shower in the room.
There is floor heating which is essential even in May! I slept really well that night with the smell of loess. Each guest get treated to use the tearoom with free flow of tea biscuits and green tea.
The owner is really friendly and treat us for lunch and drove us to the tea festival. Even though he cannot speak a lot of english , communication is not a problem.
The only thing to be careful is when you book on website, make sure you pre-paid beforehand or else the reservation will be cancelled.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 71-8, Bongsan-ri, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Location: South Korea > Jeollanam-do > Boseong-gun
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Boseong-gun
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Number of rooms: 15
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