I booked at the Purple Heron after reading the previous reviews.
The entrance is through the owner's back door (kitchen door?).
The room we were booked into (Spoonbill) did not look like the room on the website. The bed linen was completely creased. The furniture looked worn. The tv was an old box set - I tried to switch it on.. nothing happened. Could not find any info leaflet in the room.
The bathroom was clean, though there was a cake of blue soap stuck to the inside of the toilet bowl.
The hot water works on gas, so you have to adjust it very carefully - otherwise you end up having a cold shower.
No sign of "luxury" as rated by other reviewers. We booked for 3 nights, but checked out after the first night, but paid for the whole stay. We did not complain to the owners, simply because it did not seem worth the effort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Purple Heron Guest House is a luxury accommodation establishment, situated in an urban nature conservancy on the banks of the Swartvlei River. The area abounds with bird life and the river offers water activities such as safe swimming and canoeing. The beautiful surrounds offer a feast of outdoor activities - bird watching, walking, hiking, cycling and lazing on the beach. Sedgefield is also one of the top paragliding areas in South Africa. Numerous excellent restaurants can be found close by and popular attractions such as Knysna, Plett, Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay, Wilderness and George are all an easy drive away. The world famous Wild Oats Farmers' Market held every Saturday morning is a must and attending the annual "Slow Town" Festival held in April every year is highly recommended.At Purple Heron Guest House, our beds ensure an excellent night's sleep and our breakfasts send you out ready to enjoy a truly enjoyable day here on the truly beautiful Garden Route.Egret, a double room downstairs, is wheel chair accessible as are all the public rooms downstairs. The bathroom is suitable for visitors needing some adaption or who have someone to assist them. ... more less