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“A great place to stay and a first rate guide all in one” 5 of 5 stars
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Hornbill House
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   43 Hornbill Street, Saint Lucia 3936, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #18 of 28 Saint Lucia B&B and Inns
Brussels, Belgium
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“A great place to stay and a first rate guide all in one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2010

We stayed 5 days in Hornbill House, and the least we can say is that we had a great time, in this comfortable, affordable and well situated B&B. The room was nice, clean and quiet, with a lovely view on the garden. Breakfast was very good and the service warm, friendly and helpful. The great advantage of Hornbill House is that his owner, Kian, is also a professional guide and will cater for all your touring needs in the area. His guiding skills are top notch. This stay was a highlight of our holidays in South Africa. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

A warm welcome awaits you at Hornbill House. We had a nice room with a balcony over the front garden and an en suite. The owners and their menagerie are all very friendly (unless you sit on the chicken’s favourite chair!) and made us feel very much at home. Rather than a small selection of tea and coffee in your room, you are free to try and choose between literally hundreds of teas (as well as the normal varieties). There are a number of trips that Hornbill House can arrange on your behalf, using their own, very knowledgeable guide - we went out on to the nearby wildlife park which boasts no less than five ecosystems. We had a very enjoyable stay and a fantastic day out.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights and it was lovely. We came here straight from the Hilton in Durban and were very impressed. Its a small guesthouse and i think only one other couple stayed at the same time and we only saw them once. The owner was great - recommending restaurants, getting up early to cook us breakfast as we needed to leave early, organising trips and tours (which meant phoning round several companies). The breakfast was simple - eggs cooked to order, tomatoes and bacon. With cereals, toast, croissants and muffins. The tea selection was phenomenal - i think they must collect them! The only drawback was that the family were having a party one night which kept us awake. Also they only take cash and the day we were leaving the island had a powercut (quite frequent) which meant finding a working cashpoint was almost impossible (we found one near the post office), otherwise it was 1.5 hour long trip to get out of st. lucia to the nearest cashpoint. Fabulous location, great staff, comfy (if dated) room - will be back if we can!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2010

Our stay at Hornbill House was so memorable because of Kian Barker's excellent guiding skills. He also employs other guides to offer other trips as well.

Hornbill House provided a comfortable and friendly base for our 3 night stay in St Lucia. Other reviews had highlighted Kian's expertise which was why we chose to stay here and we were not disappointed. For the whole of our family Kian's guided night tour was the highlight of our two week stay in South Africa. The way he conveyed his vast knowledge of the wildlife in the wetlands had us all spellbound.

Hornbill House provided a relaxed atmosphere from which we based our visit to the area. Breakfast was informal and friendly with an excellent selection of teas and jams. Our comfortable rooms were efficiently maintained and it was only a short 5 minute walk into town for dinner.

We also undertook the cycle tour - which was easily manageable by our whole family and well informed by one of Kian's local guides, and the full day tour including snorkelling at Cape Vidal.

Kian runs a very efficient operation out of Hornbill House and is working hard to support and promote the St Lucia wetlands. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to see the nesting turtles but we hope to return some time in the future to do this.

Gerard, Maggi, Teague and Sorcha

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 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 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

Stayed at Hornbill house for a couple of nights with my fiancée Sam, after the long road trip from Joburg it was nice to receive a warm welcome and a glass of wine from the owner. Our on suite room was clean and tastefully decorated with a small balcony overlooking their amazing garden. A small pool is available to guests a great spot to sit and relax after a hard day in the game reserve. Breakfast was very good with a wide range, but the home made muffins are just “to die for”. Whilst they also runs a park guide service we were not given the “hard sell” like some places we have stayed. On our second night we took one of the night safaris, delivered with a subtle mix of humour, knowledge and passion. We will be booking Hornbill on our next visit.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Hornbill House

Address: 43 Hornbill Street, Saint Lucia 3936, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Saint Lucia
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Lucia
Hotel Class:3 star — Hornbill House 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hornbill House is ideal for exploring the southern area of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. We offer comfortable rooms, all en-suite and even a family room. We offer continental or full English breakfasts. A variety of safaris are available departing from Hornbill House. All water based tours can be reserved from Hornbill House. All rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned and have private verandas overlooking the garden. ... more   less 

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