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Buller's Rest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 18 Ladysmith B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Belbroughton, UK
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Best accommodation we stayed in.”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Accommodation is semi detached cottages with thatched roofs. Clean and spacious with each room having its own character. Swimming pool and lovely very large terrace overlooking Ladysmith and the battlefields of Wagon Hill and Spieon Kop. Also lovely sunset over the Drakenbergs in the distance. The new owners have only been there a short time but have already put their individual mark on the place.

We had the evening meal one night and the three course meal, including unlimited wine, was excellent. All diners sit at a long table and are joined by Paul, the owner. He is a wine connoisseur and, if you show an interest and speak to him nicely, he might take you into his cellar for a tasting.

There is a fully equipped honesty bar, television room even though there is DSTV in all bedrooms, and barbecues for cooking your own meal.

All in all, an excellent place, reasonably priced and highly recommended.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 7 but all are good
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Just back from 2 fantastic weeks touring KZN and Kruger areas on a very modest family budget - everywhere we stayed was fab and we never felt we had to compromise due to not having big bucks. Two places however were outstanding - Bullers Rest Lodge in Ladysmith was one. For the money I wrack my brain wondering why anyone looking for accommodation in this area would stay anywhere else?

Firstly photos don't begin to do this place justice. The accommodations, in individual cottages clustered around the pool and beautiful gardens make for an incredibly picturesque property. I didn't snoop too intrusively but each unit appeared to have its own unique features? As others here have noted also the Lodge is secure and well located. We arrived after dark and appreciated how clearly it was signposted. It is so tranquil [but for birdsong] and the views down over the town and ranging miles around to the hills beyond are just stunning.

We stayed in upstairs family unit which has a wee outside seating area to catch views and morning sun. This "room" with a view took our breath away - very spacious; vaulted and thatched as others we stayed in - but here whitewashed to give a bright and airy feel - gorgeously furnished and acessorised, a super spongy pale carpet and big suede sofa. Everywhere spotless, no evidence of real human kids ever having set foot in the room, not a mark anywhere - and within the room so many additional touches made you feel welcome: Cookies with the generous tea tray tasted homemade [?], a range of magazines and a comprehensive Lodge and local Info folder, bug spray for both room and repellent for skin - not necessary at all for us visiting in dry season but doubtless offers peace of mind at other times of the year?, Massive flat screen TV in room, Both bath and shower in lovely bathroom, both air con and room heaters [as well as electric blankets, which tickled us as we were basking in the heat of the SA mid-winter].

The Emporor King bed was heavenly - even after a great nights sleep it was a wrench to leave it behind to go for breakfast. Can't claim to be an expert on Egyptian thread counts but the bedlinen was the finest and softest my well-worn skin has ever encountered. The twin beds also seemed extra large [or was that just the uber-generous bedding?] Bedside lamps for everyone.

Probably like others, we were initially drawn to this place because of its famous [and very well-stocked!] Boer War pub - which seemed a fitting way to complement a battlefields tour [as the more remote luxury lodges at thrice the price+ not an option for us] Well this bar alone is worth a visit - not gimmicky at all rather a genuine museum. We were warmly hosted their by the proprietors Paul and Sue and enjoyed a lovely evening and good banter. We were sorry not to be visiting on a night when they serve dinner in their gorgeous dining room with huge log fire - but breakfast was lovely too.

Every member of staff we had dealings with, [especially Cindy] were warm and helpful. Whilst in the office checking out I caught sight of a most comprehensive "Guest Arrivals" checklist, which explained a lot - this place is very professionally run! One night was nowhere near enough to enjoy this property or the many attractions of this area. Can't recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Russellville, Alabama
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2012

We stayed here five days in June. The lodge was in a quiet area of Ladysmith and very secure. The staff met our every need, often times going out of their way to make sure we had what we needed! If you are on a diet, this is not the place for you. The meals (we ate there morning and night) were wonderful. Buffet style so I was not able to show any kind of restraint. You will love it here!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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South Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2012

The best breakfast we had in our 3-week tour of SA: the curry salmon with the eggs was a delicious touch. Room was beautiful as were the grounds. Their weekend rate also made it the best value of our trip. It is located in a high end area of Ladysmith with great views out over the town. The museum quality bar (honesty system) is a reason to go there in itself.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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East Midlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2009

Location On outskirts of Ladysmith , with views over Ladysmith

Service Cheerful , Food Breakfast Fine

Rooms Spacious

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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1 Thank doughboybaggie
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2008

We stayed at Buller’s Rest Lodge, Ladysmith, from the 15th – 17th July 2008. My party consisted of two adults and two children (aged 9 and 7 years). The purpose of our visit to Ladysmith was to visit the Anglo-Boer War sites and also Rorke’s Drift.

Buller’s Rest Lodge is set in a quiet residential part of Ladysmith, about two miles from the town centre. A fence and electronic security gates protect the property. There is also limited secure parking within the compound. Security is a big issue in South Africa. We received a warm and friendly welcome from staff at Buller’s. Unfortunately we arrived too late in the day to book an evening meal for our first evening. We did book for our second evening.

Buller’s Rest Lodge consists of a series of thatched cottage type rooms around a small pool area and BBQ/veranda area with a marvellous view out over the surrounding countryside. There are also some rooms in the main building, which also contains a small museum, bar and dining area. Our en suite family room was situated below the pool area and contained a double bed and a set of bunk beds for the kids. The room had heating which was necessary in the evenings.

Breakfast at Buller’s consists of a small continental buffet with porridge and a cooked breakfast on order. The breakfast was perfectly fine. We went to breakfast at around 0800hrs and discovered that most people had eaten and left. Buller’s Rest Lodge caters for both tourists and people on business. In winter, being rather out of season, business people outnumber the tourists.

In the evening, before dinner, we visited the small Anglo-Boer War Museum at Buller’s, which is located in a room off the bar area. We were introduced to one of the owners, Sheila, who explained a little about the artefacts within the museum and more importantly explained the honesty bar. The Boer War Pub is a marvellous place to spend an evening in the company of fellow travellers. The children watched a video in the lounge area whilst the adults were introduced to other guests and family. Dinner was a rather informal affair around a large table with Sheila acting as host. It was rather like a dinner party in a Scottish Country House, because there were a number of Scots around the table that night. Conversation and food were good and wine was included in the tariff. Dinner was also a good opportunity to talk to South Africans staying on business.

I have no hesitation in recommending Buller’s Rest Lodge. My only regret is that we could not stay for longer.

  • Liked — The Boer War Pub & Dinner
  • Disliked — No real dislikes
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Buller's Rest Lodge

Property: Buller's Rest Lodge
Address: P.O.Box 1426 | 59/61 Cove Cresent, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ladysmith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Ladysmith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This upmarket, country-style lodge is situated in a pretty suburb of Ladysmith, in the heart of the Anglo- Boer War Battlefields. We offer superior accommodation in a beautiful setting which boasts a superb outlook over the town, towards the central Drakensberg. ... more   less 
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