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Far Hills Country Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   N2 | Farm 115, Kraaibosch, George 6530, South Africa   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #9 of 9 hotels in George
1 review
“Appalling”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

Blood on the cushion. Used bedlinen, room 10, no teaspoons @ cup + saucer, blankets smelly, no toiletpaper, shower door missing, no TV remote, no gas for the heater, huge spider webbs with massive dust hanging down @ breakfast where u have to orer breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
225 reviews 225 reviews
72 hotel reviews
Reviews in 83 cities Reviews in 83 cities
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We stayed for two nights and the staff gave us an incredible winter deal (cheaper than a private room in a backpacker hostel in Wilderness!) which also included a hot breakfast. The lodge is in a beautiful setting just off the N2. It is only about a five-minute drive from the Garden Route mall. Our room included a large, comfortable bed, gas-burning fireplace, fridge, and small balcony--lovely! The food at the restaurant was reasonably priced and very tasty. My friends enjoyed the kudu and wildebeest steaks, salads, and chicken schnitzel. The sushi bar (open Wednesday thru Saturday) was staffed by a very nice lady who made decent sushi rolls--ex.) California rolls ranged from 20-35 ZAR--generous portions-- and the Tom Yum soup was yummy. House wines were 10 ZAR. The lodge's service was excellent and we really enjoyed our stay--you won't be disappointed if you stay there

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

My mom, sister and I spent a night at the Far Hills Hotel on 22 July. We booked 2 rooms. It was a really good deal, but knowing now what we would've gotten, we would rather have paid a little more and stayed somewhere else.
My sister and my room was really dirty (crumbs on the carpet and dust on the furniture). The bathroom was rather disgusting. The shower had not been cleaned - even more apparent from the soap of a previous guest that had been left in it!) The dispenser in the shower was also empty. The towels were dirty and they smelt funny.
We are really not fussy travellers, but found it a bit creepy to stay there. My moms room had only 2 working lights and, although there was a kettle in the room, it did not work.
We did mention all of this to the staff at reception on the morning we left, but the only reply we got was that it had been really busy and therefore the room checks could not have been done. Unacceptable!
One thing we did enjoy was the bar in the hotel. We had some drinks and dinner there. The food was good and very reasonably priced.
I do believe the hotel has great potential, but work needs to be done.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Prieur, Manager at Far Hills Country Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our Backpacker rooms. I am so sorry to hear about your horrible stay. I remember you mentioning the light bulbs to me the next morning. I agree, these things are unacceptable, bit of a slip up and we will try harder. Please feel free to come visit us again and we will be glad to have anybody upgrade to a deluxe room at any time. I wish we could have done that for you. Kind Regards Prieur.
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George, Western Cape, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

My wife and I have stayed at the Far Hills hotel on a few occasions and were very happy with the accommodation. The staff are casual and friendly and they bend over backwards to assist you in any way they can to make your stay a pleasant one. Because we enjoyed our stay there we hired their venue for our daughter's 21st birthday party and again it turned out to be winner!
The staff were once again extremely helpful and the cost was really affordable.
Well done to the owner and staff of Far Hills, you will see us again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Swellendam, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Having travelled extensively for both business and pleasure I can honestly say I have never stayed at a hotel that had the intimacy of a guest house and the energy of a backpackers combined into one.

Truly a new way of approaching hospitality, and a welcome change at that.

Far Hills staff are what makes this hotel something special. Instead ofbeing greeted by a wall of cloned servers, you instead are treated to first class attentive service from some of the most lively and fun personalities you will ever meet.

We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a deluxe room, and it was as spacious as a small bachelor flat, with tasteful decorations and an awesome view over a gorgeous valley and mountain.

If satellite tv and designer shampoo bottles are your thing, this hotel is likely not for you. But if you are still old school and believe hospitality is about the service, value for money and unique flavour of each establishment then this place will treat you to a wonderful time.

On a last note...we ate lunch and dinners at the hotel and didnt expect much as the prices were very inexpensive. Yet each time we were blow away with fantastic meals, that had an honest, home cooked feel to them. And for someone who doesnt eat salad, the salad they serve with almost all their dishes, is fantastic.

Again a few unique touches really make for a memorable experience.
We will certainly be back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at Far Hills Country Hotel, responded to this review, July 15, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our hotel. I must say I think that you captured the spirit of Far Hills very well in just a few short lines. It is so refreshing to get an honest review that is both positive and helpful. "We will take a look at the shampoo situation". I and hope that you will be visiting us again soon. Kind Regards Prieur
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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85 reviews 85 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Visited this hotel en-route to the Eastern Cape. Was attracted by the special offer of only R 360 for 3 (2 adults and child) for b&b - during school holiday! Originally booked the cheapest room, but when we got there we discovered we were upgraded. Hotel reminds of an old ski lodge. We had a large room, gas fireplace and enormous bed. Although not brand new the room was spotless. Breakfast basic buffet with fruit, juice, cereal and few hot options. Be aware - skip the breakfast rush - we ordered omelet, but was told it was impossible as there were only two staff members and many guests. Got some great fried eggs instead! Great stay over option if you do not want to pay the exorbitant prices some of the other institutions charge in the area.
Last tip - we booked through an internet booking site. Our bill at the hotel was more than charged on the booking form, they however immediately corrected this once we pointed this out.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

It was apparent that the Far Hills hotel is no more what it used to be 2 and 3 and more years ago. I remember it as an amazing place, perfect service, clean and neat.
However what we got was budget accommodation, dirty bathroom - actual SNOT on the wall!! Jikes! We had to walk through a "field" of dead bees and flies to and from our room. The service remains great but they need cleaners!
I will keep hoping that they return to their formal glory!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prieur, Manager at Far Hills Country Hotel, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Dear Her Royal Hickup
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel, we always find Tripadvisor most informative. Just a quick point, dead bees are not dirty, they are just insects and part of the Wilderness. We have Geckos on our walls, they do leave a bit of something on the wall, but it is not snot. We do clean it but I am afraid that it is a ongoing battle and we are not prepared to get rid of the geckos. Please feel free to visit us again, it may be a good idea to book a Deluxe room not a backpackers room. Kind Regards and all the best. Prieur du Plessis
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Additional Information about Far Hills Country Hotel

Address: N2 | Farm 115, Kraaibosch, George 6530, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > George
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 9 hotels in George
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Far Hills Country Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Touch the Earth / Feel at Home. Far Hills offers a departure from the typical hotel. We believe in warmth, family and comfort in a stylish but unpretentious setting. We encourage our guests to absorb the tranquillity of the environment by lounging next to the pool, relaxing on the deck in the shade of the 100 year-old oak tree, listening to the silence of the mountain in a garden gazebo or having a drink in front of a blazing fire in winter. ... more   less 
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