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“We'll definitely be back!” 5 of 5 stars
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Seaforth Avenue | Foxhill, Umhlali 4390, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Umhlali B&B and Inns
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“We'll definitely be back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

This is a really special place to stay! The rooms are beautifully furnished and very spacious (the website photos don't do them justice) and the garden is really pretty with a lovely pool area. Breakfast is served either in the pool house or on a verandah with a spectacular view over the countryside and sea.
What makes this place special though is the care and attention that Trevor and Sharneen devote to their guests: from making sure that breakfast is perfect to booking us a restaurant for Saturday night and letting us stay in our room late since we had an afternoon flight. Trevor's knowledge and enthusiasm really add to the whole experience.
We would definitely recommend this place to our friends.

  • Stayed November 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We visited with three boys aged 8, 6 and 5 who wake up early, ready for action. We needn't have worried. Seaforth Farm and the owners Trevor and Sharneen were superb. The setting is unique - breathtaking views, plenty of privacy and ample space, walking distance down a hill to a number of restaurants whilst being a completely private location. The farm is away from beach-front frenzy but within a few minutes' ride of all the major beaches. The pool deck doubles as a lookout point where a scrumptious breakfast is laid out every morning. Trevor is a bee keeper so we had an assortment of delicious raw honey every morning. These hosts are too lovely and interesting - and interested in their guests, in what they do, to describe effectively in just a few words. Trevor had the boys collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, feeding the peacocks, drinking sap from the Lady's Slipper orchids flowering in abundance all the while feeding them nuggets of information about the nature all around them. He went to great lengths to find a banana bat for them to examine and then return safely. Sharneen, a talented artist, is full of thrilling stories about trips to the bush and a fountain of information and recommendations for novices to South Africa like ourselves. Trevor and Sharneen's passion for Africa and particularly their country and their surroundings is almost palpable. The accommodation is comfortable with good water pressure - a rare commodity! We arrived to the heady scent of freshly cut jasmine flowers, a handwritten welcome note and a hand of freshly picked bananas. Trevor, who counts carpentry amongst his many talents, makes most of the furniture in the rooms - longer beds, good storage. ...this is a place we certainly hope to come back to during our years in South Africa and people we hope to keep in touch with - a place we can recommend to those wanting a beach holiday with a difference.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Verwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

What a place to be, a very secret place near the highway and close to so many things of interest, many great places to eat out, ideal base to relax and getaway.Trevor & Sharneen are great hosts, we first found Seaforth 2010 when we visited, loved it so much we came again,always a great breakfast, food and view to die for, made special by the pictures and adventures of your hosts, so much knowledge to give we could have spent all our time just chatting experiences.Great to have the bird hide to watch all the species, cows and dogs and on this visit a chameleon in the garden on the way to breakfast, what more could you ask for.Rooms are very well decorated with lots of personal touches, clean and very spacious with all those items when travelling from overseas come in handy.We will definately be visiting again.

Room Tip: Nguni room is great has own parking spot & entrance.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

The Thompson's are so friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. Our family had such a wonderful time at Seaforth Farm. It's in a lovely leafy location, close to the beach and restaurants. The breakfasts on the deck were a wonderful start to each day offering a fantastic view. Thank you both for making our stay so enjoyable, we hope to return in the near future.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Glorious setting, outstanding welcome from friendly, exceptionally well informed hosts. Each breakfast was a jewel, not only in taste but in appearance. Relaxing, tranquil surroundings within easy reach of all amenities and great beaches. A perfect location for enjoying the best that KZN has to offer. As an earlier reviewer noted, B&Bs in SA are generally of a good standard and Trevor and Sharneen have nailed it - one of the best and not to be missed!

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

When we came to Seaforth Farm for the first time in March 2011 we were delighted by the hospitality of Trevor and his wife Sharneen, by the beautiful gardens, by the nice dogs and everything else which made our stay very enjoyable. So we decided to book Seaforth Farm again. Trevor was very helpfull in our holiday preparations and gave very good recommendations for accomodations and activities in the Drakensberg mountains and even made the bookings for us.
When you come back to Seaforth for the second time it's like visiting good friends.
For anybody visiting the Durban North Coast area, who is a lover of nature this oasis should be first choice.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Mpumalanga, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

B&B’s in South Africa are generally of a good standard. Seaforth Farm is no exception, although I would not rate it among the best. To my mind ‘run- of-the-mill’ would be an apt description.
Seaforth Farm is no longer a farm in the real sense, although the owner (a retired butcher) keeps Nguni cows, a typical Zulu breed with uniquely patterned skins. The owner is also an enthusiastic beekeeper, makes his own beehives, and produces various types of honey. He is also an amateur furniture maker. His chunky creations can be found all over the place. How he has time to run a B&B is a mystery. But he does it well, ably assisted by his wife.
The owner is a very enthusiastic and helpful person. A little overbearing, some might say. But we thought it a nice touch that he had already switched on the air-conditioning when we arrived after a long trip on hot day.
The owner’s forefathers came from the Hebrides, a group of rugged and remote islands in the north Atlantic. Maybe the reason that he is so talkative is that he wants to make up for his undoubtedly taciturn ancestors.
There is a fairly large swimming on the premises. And although I am a dog lover, I am not particularly fond of sharing a pool with a large resident Alsatian.
The rooms and en suite bathrooms are adequate in typical flowery English style with plenty of knick-knacks and personal care items. Some would call it quaint; others might call it overdone, depending on your personal taste.
The double beds are perfect for a honeymoon couple, but a little on the small side for people celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Weather permitting the owners serve a good English breakfast on an open-air veranda. It is also possible to have an Indian curry meal at the B&B whipped up by the owner’s English wife.
But since the quiet and peaceful Seaforth Farm lies in a tourist area close to the beach, there is a choice of restaurants nearby. Durban lies within easy striking distance.
Birders might want to wander down to the gully below the house where there is a pond which offers pleasant feathered sightings.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Seaforth Avenue | Foxhill, Umhlali 4390, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlali
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlali
Number of rooms: 4

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