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.
- 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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