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“Fantastic Retreat!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Budmarsh Country Lodge
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   T1 Magalies Meander Road, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Magaliesburg B&B and Inns
Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Fantastic Retreat!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A quick break away weekend. The service from arriving to leaving is exceptional. He food is fine dining with interesting variety of flavours.

The room luxurious and well equipped. A very BIG plus is that the rooms do not have telephones!!

The stillness of the whole establishment is incredible and adds to the serenity of the experience.

A world class experience - well done to management and staff!!

Need to go back again!

Room Tip: Need to go for at least two nights and book a picnic lunch!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Was surprised by my wife with a night away in Magaliesberg, and neither of us could have been happier. From the gourmet picnic under the trees to the 6 course dinner, everything was spot on. And, as vegetarians, we were even more impressed with the culinary range the chef (Chris - wonderful guy) displayed. Th only thing better than the food was the staff - nicest bunch of people (Jack, Jacob, Nalika) we've run into. Will definitely will be back the next time we need to get out of filthy Joburg, and just take a breath (with a full, happy tummy).

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ken F, Owner at Budmarsh Country Lodge, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
We are so glad you had a good time at Budmarsh. Thank you for trusting us with your weekend and ensuring it was a good experience! We would love to have you back again!
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JHB
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I just want to say, thank you so much for a wonderful indulgent and relaxing weekend. From the friendly and efficient booking to the amazing service that was not only polite but friendly and accommodating to the phenomenal food.

Besides the beautiful setting and lovely room, what makes BudMarsh so special is the people who work there. So thank you very much for making our trip so special!

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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Ken_and_Meg_Fargher, Owner at Budmarsh Country Lodge, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Thank you for your "beautiful" review. Our staff is very encouraged when their hard work is appreciated. See you again!
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Polokwane, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Great food,great wine and great service. I was just a bit disapointed in our room,expected a bit more from a 5 star lodge. The bath was very small and the television a bit 1980`s. If it wasnt for the great food and service this lodge would have been 4 star. When I asked for my bill at the end of our stay we saw that none of the in-room beverages where charged,so I had to tell them how many we had.

Dont get me wrong, we really enjoyed our weekend. With a bit more focus on the minor detail this lodge could be one of the best.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Stunning lodge to relax for a weekend away from the city and a birders paradise. Me and my boyfriend just returned from Budmarsh and really had a wonderful time. The staff is attentive and friendly, the lodge and gardens well looked after and the food top of its class. Wish we could have stayed longer just to enjoy more of the excellent food! We were there over a very cold weekend and they made alot of effort to keep us warm with a nice fire in the main lounge, heated towel rails and electric blankets. The only place I felt cold was in the dining rooms in the evenings where a blanket would have been welcomed. I would love to return Budmarsh in Summer as I think they are better suited as summer getaway venue.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ken_and_Meg_Fargher, Owner at Budmarsh Country Lodge, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Thank you for a warm review!! Winter can be a harsh time and yet Budmarsh seems to be an green oasis in the dry Highveld area during this time. Birds find refuge in our gardens. We are so torn between providing a well heated, energy consuming atmosphere and a "green" energy efficient hotel. Oh dear!! I think every hotel is facing the same challenges. However, we look forward to seeing you again in summer when the Woodlands Kingfisher is a common visitor to our gardens. However, our Diners Club Diamond Award winning cellar will be a chilling 17 degrees!!! So make sure you ask for a blanket if you book a romantic dinner in our cellar!
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Francistown, Botswana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

A beautiful 5 star lodge run by extremely friendly and efficient staff. The 6 course dinner was superb, as was the breakfast. If you are looking for a great meal with dishes not often seen on South African menus' then treat yourself to a weekend at Budmarsh. They also have an extremely impressive wine list and cellar. The gardens are beautiful with an abundance of birds. We would definitely recommend Budmarsh if you are looking for a luxury weekend away, We will certainly return the next time we need a relaxing weekend away.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Ken_and_Meg_Fargher, Owner at Budmarsh Country Lodge, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Budmarsh is delighted by your review!! Thank you! Botswana is a beautiful country and we appreciate our international travellers who find beauty in our country and our Lodge. Please do come again!!!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

My wife and I just spent a wonderful weekend at this lovely country lodge. The service and food were excellent and to spend a lazy afternoon lying on a rug next to the many ponds in the gardens was a real treat. The gardens were beautiful even in winter and with the abundant birdlife were a pleasure to wander around and enjoy. The staff were very attentive and helpful, and Chris the excellent chef was there to discuss his Great creations from the kitchen.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Ken_and_Meg_Fargher, Owner at Budmarsh Country Lodge, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
We are so delighted by your review. We aim to ensure that everyone gets to relax at Budmarsh. Winter can be dry and harsh. However Budmarsh does provide a wonderfully green oasis in our winter-brown Highveld Magaliesberg area.

We love Chris' food as well!! And we like it even more when our guests do!!

See you again!
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Address: T1 Magalies Meander Road, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Magaliesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Magaliesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Budmarsh Country Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 18
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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