Linkside2 was a “lucky find” for us. The house is located on a slope overlooking Mossel Bay where the best views of the bay are from the breakfast/dining room. The accommodation is nothing short of what you would expect from a small boutique hotel. Petra, the owner, and her team are friendly and hospitable in the true sense of the word. When we arrived, only the staff were there and did a lovely job in welcoming us and getting us “checked in” which was simply a small form to fill in. When we came back a few hours later, Petra was home and came out to the parking lot to greet us. One really feels welcomed here.
The parking is off-street and secure with a solid gate which you get a remote control for during your stay. On the other side of the house is a lovely well maintained garden which has a lot of space and exudes a very relaxed atmosphere.
We stayed in Room 3, a wonderful suite that overlooks the garden with some sea views. This room boasts a lovely set-up, a lot of attention has been paid to details such as lovely wall pictures, some light reading material, a mini-bar, a private outside deck with a table and chairs and sun lounges. The bed is incredibly comfortable – the best we’ve had on our whole trip so far.
For the technically inclined, the room has cable TV and Linkside2 also has complimentary WiFi access. The signal, however, wasn’t strong enough to reach our particular room, so we had to sit upstairs, which is very nice since you get WiFi plus the wonderful views of the bay. Internet speed is probably as good as it gets in South Africa (for us, it was the best speed we ever encountered in places other than, for example, Internet Cafes or WiFi lounges).
The breakfast is wonderful, with a lovely fruit-plate to start things off. After that, you order whatever you want, and Petra and the team prepare it to perfection. A note: another contributor mentioned that she felt uneasy with the habit of “photo taking” at breakfast (Petra keeps a guest book with pictures of those who have visited Linkside2). We had no issue with this whatsoever, and we actually found it to be a personalized touch. However if you do feel uneasy with it, just let Petra know!
General words about Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay lies at the western end of the Garden Route: the town itself is not as lovely as, for example, Knysna or Plettenberg Bay, and we found there to be less activities than further east. As such, the Linkside2 is probably an ideal one- or two night stay for anyone starting the Garden Route from here (going east) or just having completed it (going west). We aren’t golfers, but apparently there are some great golfing opportunities in the immediate vicinity, which could be another reason to stay here for a longer time.
With its boutique hotel characteristics, the Linkside2 is also a great place to “sit out” a rainy day or two, if you are lucky enough to be on a flexible schedule and there is room available. One could easily lounge on the sofa upstairs, enjoy the views and read a good book, while Petra and her team brew you a fresh cup of tea or coffee and spoil you with cookies. The place offers a homely feeling that goes well beyond what hotels can do in this respect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Linkside2 is the latest venture of ambitious guest house owner, Petra du Toit. Starting off in the tourism industry in 1999, she collected numerous awards over the last few years. Linkside2 is an intimate B&B and offers guests a complete personalized experience. Meticulous attention to detail and imaginative finishing touches are complemented by first-class luxury and exquisite views across the ocean and Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay Golf Course is only 800m from your doorstep. ... more less
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