The photos and wesbite of the Bay Lodge give an amazing impression, but the reality doesn't quite live up to them.
The Bay Lodge is right on the beach with amazing views along the beach to the east. Our seaview room had a full height bay window to maximise this and the room was very spacious with a large dressing area and raised corner bath. The breakfast was lovely and served on the terrace under umbrellas.
But the approach to the Bay Lodge is past what looks like a chemical plant, and under a railway bridge. The guest house is located in a modern housing estate with close neighbours on both sides. Mossel Bay itself is a couple of miles away and not the dream of the garden route that we had in mind. But it was about as far as we could drive in one day from Cape Town with a 3 year old.
The pool was really unusable when we visited as it looked like it was in the process of beng cleaned. It is in a small courtyard inside the guesthouse with limited sunshine. There was nowhere to sit after about 9.30 at night unless you managed to catch the staff on duty and ask them not to set the alarms in the communal areas. Although when we did, the staff were helpful and made us a coffee to drink.
Not quite what we had invisioned the place would be, but a convenient stop at the start of the garden route.
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