Absolutely lovely grounds and very friendly staff. Very safe, guarded premises at the edge of a small, quaint town - made us wonder if over-zealous protection was truly necessary. Rooms were situated far apart with quite a walking distance and somewhat scary route to the dining room. Paths are poorly lit. Our friend seemed to have decent rooms, but ours was in the very private older section, but the small wall heater barely worked because it was next to a poorly fitted, leaky patio door. The room was consistently freezing, and when the heater occasionally kicked on, it was disturbingly loud. The small double bed was lumpy, and the tiny room had little space to open our luggage. We had to watch our step to move around each other. The bathroom was nice with a jacuzzi tub that didn't work, and a rust covered tin roof, plus a small window opening onto nothing.. Even the good, hot shower was a disappointment because once done, you stepped out into the pervasive chill. We requested a room change, but all they did was give us a portable gas heater that we used with trepidation.
For this Cottage's price, we felt we were cheated. The breakfast is a la carte, abundant, and very good. The dinners the group had arranged were, fresh, plentiful, and well-prepared -especially the excellent beef fillets that are almost fresh off the hoof. South African free-ranging, grass-fed beef is not to be missed.
Check out your room before you settle in. The honeymoon suite is quite good with a fireplace, but even so, the portable heater needs to be on all night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unwind in warm Free-State hospitality, while stretching out in our Spacious, Luxurious Suites. Set in a lovely Colonial-style retreat, Cranberry Cottage offers 13 Luxury Rooms, 12 Deluxe Rooms and 9 Self-Catering Rooms, each with crisp linen, sparkling bathrooms, and all the modern mod-cons you may need. Cranberry Cottage features a wellness centre, gym facilities and a swimming pool, all set in lush gardens with outdoor seating. The air-conditioned rooms all come with terrace and garden views, as well as a sofa and satellite TV. They also include a fridge, microwave and tea-and-coffee making facilities. The en- suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests can relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the guest house's fireplace and BBQ facilities. Cranberry's Restaurant has an a la carte menu, offering an infusion of modern and traditional cuisine. Guests and the public alike, can enjoy our menu, with a wide variety to choose from....Charming to say the least! ... more less
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