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“Great location near the Umhlanga Lighthouse” 5 of 5 stars
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Sylvan Grove Guest House
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   49 Sylvan Grove | Herrwood Park, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #8 of 41 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois, United States
1 review
“Great location near the Umhlanga Lighthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We had a great stay here for three nights. It's only a short two minute drive to the beach and boardwalk, lighthouse. It was easy to jump on highway and drive to Durban and Ushaka Marine World, botanical gardens (a 20 minute drive). Jill and Chris were fantastic and breakfast was delicious and prompt every morning, which was great for us since we had a lot of busy planned activities! The property and surroundings were quiet and pleasant in a residential area. We appreciated having a room to stay in that included a kitchenette and living area since we traveling with a little one! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Gebertingen
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13 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

In a very lovely surrounding not far from town with nice ocean view we enjoyed 2 lovely nights with Jill and Chris. A rich breakfast table (with no open wishes!) and a peaceful garden with a refreshing pool made our stay most comfortable.
Just to find the little paradise you need a good GPS in your car...

Room Tip: Upper floor with view on the ocean, unfortunately the rooms aren't too big...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Finding ourselves in kwaZulu-Natal for the first time, we had booked into the Sylvan Grove Guesthouse. Following a recommendation of my daughter, who had stayed there previously with her husband. We were given a very friendly welcome by the owners and allocated one of their 'fluffy' rooms.

The room was well equipped with every conceivable item the traveller might require. The beds were very comfortable, although the room as a whole looked somewhat cramped. Digital TV was provided at no extra cost, with some foreign channels available too (like German DW and Dutch/Belgian BVN). Internet, however, is provided through a very expensive hotspot, reflecting non-competitive conditions in this South-African market.

Sylvan Grove is situated in Umhlanga Rocks, a Durban suburb some 30 kms north of the city. UR boasts itself to be thé holiday destination of South Africa. With a coastline on the Indian Ocean that has almost fully been occupied by high rise condo's and chain hotels, this claim can hardly be justified. The town is full of opulent houses, though; here is where the rich apparently live for part or all of their time. Also in Sylvan Grove you pay a premium for this. On our South African trip, while we stayed in much better places, Sylvan Grove was by far the most expensive, yet not even halfway occupied.

Breakfast was impeccable with all the trimmings. However, the breakfast room not being air conditioned, early morning experience inevitable was of a high hot wet cloth nature.

Facit: A sound place to stay in the greater Durban area, well equipped, well looked after, very comfortable, but overpriced due to its location in an inflated suburb.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huizen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

The travel agency had recommended Sylvan Grove for our stay in Umhlanga Rocks. They couldn't had made a beter suggestion. It was fantastic. We stayed for 6 days and had two rooms (5 + 6). A warm welcome and a lovely location (quiet area). We really enjoyed our stay. The breakfast was great, the afternoon swims were cooling and the service from all the staff members was great.
A lovely and memorable stay. Chris and Jill, thanks so much!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

I must say, from the time we arrived to the time we left, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Slyvan Grove BnB.

I was a bit concerned that I was not going to find decent accomodation for the holidays seeing that I only looked for accomodation in December, but one phone call to Jill and all my concerns were gone.

Once we arrived, I knew that I had been so lucky to have been able to get a booking. We felt that it was our home away from home.

The breakfasts, shew, more than enough yummy food to give you that great start to the day!

There's no doubt in my mind that I will be experiencing Chris and Jill's 4 star service again.

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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Gauteng South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

Me and my family spent 10 days at Sylvan Grove. We were allocated 4 rooms and our stay exceded all our expectations. The owners and staff went out of their way to make our stay excelent. The standard of all the suites wwas beyond our expectations and none of use wanted to miss breakfast each morning (thanks Jill for the extra weight)

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

We arrived a bit jetlagged after flying from Australia via Singapore and Johannesburg. We were immediately welcomed for our 6 day stay and made to feel at home. We were assigned suite No.1 with the kitchenette as we had requested. The standard of the suite was very high and beyond our expectations for the price range.
The breakfasts were more than adequate with many healthy fresh fruit, yoghurt, pastries as well as tasty hot food options.
Security (can be an issue in Sth Africa) was very good and a non issue here. We were impressed with the very quiet surroundings, considering the proximity to a major highway which could not be heard at all. There is abundant native bird life which is encouraged by Jill and Chris by using strategically placed bird feeder stations.
We found the location ideal for our visit and within easy reach of the Umhlanga restaurant precinct and a short drive in our hired car (10 mins on most occasions) to Durban beaches, conference, shopping centres and sporting facilities. After a trip to Cape Town we intended to stay elsewhere but we cancelled and returned to Sylvan Grove for a further 3 days in Suite 5 and would have stayed longer if all suites were not booked out.
We have no hestiation in recommending this guest house and we have already done so to family members living in the UK and intending to visit Sth Africa.
Thanks Jill and Chris and all the best for 2012.
Hedley and Janice Heale - Brisbane.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 49 Sylvan Grove | Herrwood Park, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sylvan Grove Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sylvan Grove is a 4 Star Guest House situated in a quiet residential area of Umhlanga Rocks, with a tranquil tropical garden, inviting swimming pool and prolific bird life facing the Indian Ocean. Our double rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, complimentary tea & coffee facilities, hairdryers, bar fridges, safes, telephones, wireless internet & satellite TV. The swimming beaches with lifeguards on duty, Gateway Shopping and Entertainment Centre and an extensive choice of restaurants are within a few kilometers. For the sports enthusiasts there are numerous facilities nearby, tennis, bowls, gym, nature walks, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and micro light flying are activities which can easily be arranged. Our coast is renowned for its scenic and world class golf courses. Dolphin and Whale watching, deep sea fishing and scuba diving launch from our local beach. We are a 15 minute drive from the Durban CBD, International Conference Centre, uShaka Marine World, Sibaya and Suncoast Casinos. Umhlanga and La Lucia Ridge Business Parks are close by. The World Heritage Sites of the St. Lucia Wetlands and the Drakensberg Mountains and The Big 5 Game Parks are a 2 hours drive. Children over 4 year welcome. Local and national sight seeing tours arranged. Secure onsite parking. Airport (20km) and local transfers by arrangement. Major credit cards welcome. ... more   less 
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