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Spionkop Lodge
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Bray, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Very average value for money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

The lodge is located in beautiful grounds, the staff were friendly and attentive (sometimes a little too attentive) and the food was very good and beautifully presented. However, there were a number of things which made us feel the lodge did not represent good value for money and other travellers should be aware of, e.g. our room (room 5) was not particularly clean, it had a very strong musty smell which despite us leaving the double doors open as much as we could was there for the full 3 days of our stay, the fixtures and fittings were very old and nearly all pine, the shower tiles were grimy, one of the window panes in the bathroom had been replaced with a different frosted glass - in summary the building was very tired and in desperate need of some TLC. There was no fridge or tea and coffee making facilities in the room (tea or coffee could be ordered at any time and the staff would bring it to your room, but sometimes it's nice to be able to make your own), no air conditioning, no tv and drinking water was supplied in a flask, but this was not always topped up and we had to ask. The tap water in the bathroom was a murky brown colour and we were told that if we wanted a bath to add plenty of bubble bath and we wouldn't notice it! The outdoor pool was also a murky green colour and not very inviting, although we were told it was clean. The wifi was only available in the reception area in the main lodge - and if you're an Apple user they had to reboot their server each time you wanted to log on. The Lodge advertises daily battlefield tours, but the day we asked to go we were told Raymond 'wasn't doing a tour today, he suggests you join tomorrows tour (which was with 13 school kids plus their teachers) and go to the Drakensbergs instead today'. In summary it was very expensive for what was provided and not good value for money when compared against all the other accommodation we stayed in during our 22 day tour in SA.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Warm welcome,huge room(5) overlooking lovely gardens.Main lodge building has amazing valley views to Spionkop. Did a small but really enjoyable game drive & trip to Spionkop battlefield & up to Drakensbergs.

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Excellent 3 night stay with welcoming staff and family. Raymond Heron is a natural raconteur as well as being a very good historian. We learnt a lot. The food and service were very good, and the trips to the game reserve and Spion Kop itself were memorable. We would certainly hope to return some day.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Watford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

This was our first stop on our first visit to South Africa. It was easy to find from Jo'burg airport with the directions given. Staff were friendly and helpful, the setting is outstanding and the battlefield tours very interesting. The food was good but not exceptional. Overall we thought it a bit expensive for what was provided and now that we are home and able to compare several places we stayed at and ate at, that idea has been confirmed, so only average value for money..

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

Reaching Ladysmith after a long journey was certainly a relief! Reaching Spion Kop Lodge was a delight! Reaching the top of Spion Kop battlefield in a thunderstorm was frightening!

Seriously though, our hosts were very welcome and did everything they could to make us comfortable. Food was very good, especially the breakfasts.

Alistair battlefield tour was excellent but I wished I'd boned up on South African history beforehand to ensure I made the most of his wonderful knowledge.

Oh, the dog who came to sleep spent the night on the floor of our room as we left our french doors wide open!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

The staff and owners are very friendly. The tours are most interesting. The setting is perfect and so peaceful.
I do have two criticisms. The room was far from clean, spiders webs not just near the ceiling but all over which were not removed, and the food is adequate but nowhere near the standard of other places visited in South Africa.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

Greeted with a smile and a cold drink-checked in with no fuss, from the cows roaming in the garden to the lovely little pool-just great . Alastairs battlefield tour of Spion Kop is highly recommended too. Great food and lovely staff.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Spionkop Lodge

Property: Spionkop Lodge
Address: R600 | between Ladysmith and Winterton, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ladysmith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Ladysmith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Spionkop Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by low hills that slope up to the towering peaks of the Drakensberg and Free State Mountains. Spion Kop Lodge is the ideal place from where to explore the battlefields, set on an echo farm in Kwazulu-Natal. General Buller’s headquarters during the relief of the Ladysmith campaign, Mount Alice, is located on the farm. The beautifully restored, 8 bedroomed colonial-style farmhouse, is set in tranquil, secure grounds with superb views. Added to this there are two cottages, offering self-catering accommodation in an out-of-Africa setting. There is a library with an excellent collection of historical books, a dining room, cozy pub and a swimming pool. The owner and registered guide, Raymond Heron (F.R.G.S), guides guests to the many historic Battlefield sites, as does his son Alastair. We have 250 different bird species, hiking on the property and Sunset Boat Cruises and horse riding amongst the rhino, giraffe and various other animals. "Arrive as guests, leave as friends." ... more   less 
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