We booked 2 nights stay at Budmarsh Country Lodge with the idea of treating ourselves to a bit of luxury. We were welcomed as soon as we parked our car and received welcoming drinks at reception. The staff was very friendly, showed us around and then to our room. Our room was one of the smaller ones, but well equipped and generally good quality. The room had underfloor heating making it very cosy for mid-winter. The hotel has a nice lounge area with large fireplace giving extra warmth. Coffee, tea and cookies always available!
The 6-course dinners were simply amazing. Very high attention to detail - it seems the chef took extra care to make each plate perfect. Every item on the plate was an adventure in taste - this is exactly what we expected and even more! The waiters were very friendly and professional, especially Jack who assisted us most of the time. The selection of wines were also very good. The breakfasts were good, but not really much more than you would get at a slightly above average hotel.
We also enjoyed the gardens - very peaceful with some birds giving a bit of life. My only suggestion - they have a few ponds, it would have given something more to the garden if they contained some fish, e.g koi?
Our only complaint would be on our room. The room had only a bath and no shower - this is understandable in a smaller room, but a flexible shower attachment could be added. It was difficult for my wife to wash her hair - she had to was her hair in the basin, which is not very comfortable. One other smallish complaint - on occasions there were some doors banging loudly. Perhaps a bit of foam cushioning would solve this.
But all in all we got exactly what we wanted - a luxury weekend away. We would certainly recommend Budmarsh Country Lodge and will return again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in the heart of the magical Magaliesberg, Budmarsh Country Lodge awaits to welcome you to its world of understated elegance, tranquility and personalised attention. Escape through beautiful gardens to ramble amongst abundant bird life. After a sumptuous dinner, conjured by our Master Chef, relax in front of a roaring fire, engage in a game of snooker or simply escape to the quietness of the library to read and forget the stresses of your world. Retire to your bedroom with its antique furniture, underfloor heating, en-suite bathroom and sink into your king size bed for a sleep that is truly nature’s balm. With its lovely landscaped gardens, exquisite trees and alluring scenery, there is no better place than Budmarsh for an intimate wedding for special people. To enjoy your friendships in the peacefulness synonymous with Budmarsh, simply book for a High Tea, Picnic or Sunday Lunch. With enchanting views of the Magaliesberg Mountains, our state-of-the-art conference facilities are designed to inspire, motivate, develop and spoil your staff. Enjoy five star dining, service and accommodation. ... more less
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