Upon entering the front door, we were put-off by the non-existent entry and run-down appearance of the establishment. I remembered that this was a marginally 3-star accommodation and decided that my husband and I would "wing it". I'm tremendously glad we did.
We had plans to join renowned mountain/rock art guides, Philip and Christeen Grant for hikes to important San rock painting (pictographs) sites at the foot and major peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains. Unfortunately, I became ill a day before the treks, and I convinced my husband to go with our guides without me. So I was alone to slowly heal, but I was incredibly surprised to discover that, Lucia, the Pile-Inn's owner would not leave me alone to suffer. She went totally out of her way to help me. We stayed in the spacious, wide-angle view upstairs, nicely appointed family suite. However, even in early spring, the lodge's rooms were quite cold. Downstairs there was always a very warming fire in the living/breakfast room. While a wall heater barely made a difference, Lucia piled quilts and hot-water bottles on me and garnered me with heart-felt concern. Amazingly, in my fevered state, this gracious hostess became a dear friend who consistently tended me. When I was a bit better, she drove me to the local pharmacy and Doctor and even loaned me money
when my credit card was declined. Later, she took me sight seeing to compensate for my missing the rock art tours.
In the midst of friendship, all accommodations are more than welcome. The Lodge is exceptionally clean and the inclusive breakfasts were delicious. It definitely is not a luxury destination stop, but for the traveler enroute to destinations such as the famous Sani Pass and other local areas including indigenous rock painting shelters, you couldn't find a more
friendly and peaceful spot
Definitely book the upstairs family room for sunshine, views and quiet. Nice furnishings and good...
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