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Hawklee Country House
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Let's just start of by saying that the photos of Hawklee Country House on the various booking sites does not do the cottages justice! Having been there for four days from the 3rd October 2013 till 6 October 2013, we had the privilege to be taken through all the cottages before they filled up for the weekend and I can confirm that you get exactly what you see and more.

Belinda informed us that they are the owners for just over 2 years now and explained in what a dated state they found the cottages and what they have done so far in such a short period. Then Belinda continued to explain what their future plans are to take the cottages even further in terms of décor, layout and or design. Well, all I can say is that I cannot wait to see their final long term plans in place.

Both Dean and Belinda take the "Green" environmental issue very serious and are using green products in their cottages in terms of soaps, shower gels, shampoos etc.

My wife and I have stayed in many B&B's in our lifetime and I can without a doubt say that you, as a guest, are truly at home with Dean and Belinda. They go out of their way to both respect your privacy but also to make sure your every need is catered for. Being with them was like being on a breakaway with long term friends, very relaxed, informal and down to earth. You can truly just be yourself with no airs and graces.

We had the privilege of staying in the Mallard Cottage which is also used as the Honeymoon Suite.

As per all the other cottages, the room is very functional, comfortable and has very tasteful décor. Most certainly the cleanest of all B&B's we have ever stayed in. Belinda and Deans attention to detail is evident.

All the cottages have a view of the river below and one can also go for a safe and easy stroll along the river for quite a distance. True tranquil settings.

We also had the privilege to wake up on our first morning there to the hatching of seven new goslings and was warned by a fierce new Daddy that we must not walk too close to his family as he stood guard over them.

Nidia and I can truly recommend Dean and Belinda's B&B! You will truly miss out if you don't give them a try!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chamelion224, Owner at Hawklee Country House, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2013

Thank you Pieter and Nidia, what a pleasure to host two such lovely people.Thank you for fitting in so well and being like old friends. We trust Nidia has recovered well after her operation and were pleased we were able to give you both the rest you needed. The gozlings are doing well and we are naming 2 of them Pieter and Nidia, as you were witness to 1 day old Gozlings.

We look forward to your visit and seeing you at Hawklee in the future
Regards
Dean and Belinda

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The food, hospitality and room (inside) are excellent.
However, the exterior of the guest house as a whole - main house and chalets are in need of renovation. Gardens down to the river also not 4 star

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Chamelion224, Owner at Hawklee Country House, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Hi Adrian Thank you for coming to Hawklee Country House and giving us feedback. Just for the record we are a 3 star guest house not a 4 star and we never advertise as a 4 star. The gardens are left bushy so as to attract the wildlife such as duiker,bushbuck and wide variety of bird life. This has been recommended by conservation wildlife conservancies, as when we bought Hawklee 2 years ago we cleared everything, tidied up the gardens and the wildlife dwindled. We brush cut the areas to walk now and leave the rest wild so as to attract the wildlife and it is working. It was a pity you did not have the time to take a lovely walk and we hope you can do this next time. We are currently upgrading Hawklee and have completed the re-thatching of all cottages, exteriors have been scrapped ready, primed to be painted. The revamping of the cottages inside is complete with the addittion of new flat screen tv's with DSTV. We apologies that the outside has not been completed but soon will be and we will look all bright and new again. Once again thank you for your patience during the renovations and look forward to seeing you at Hawklee in the future kind regards Dean and Belinda

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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

We visited Hawklee for our wedding anniversary and stayed in the Owl Cottage. What a place! We enjoyed our stay at Hawklee very much. Lovely setting. Great food. Warm and friendly people! Thanks Dean & Belinda!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Chamelion224, Owner at Hawklee Country House, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2013

Hi Stef it was so lovely to see you again and meet your family. Thank you for coming to Hawklee and supporting us we really appreciate it. Your two children are lovely and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Regards Dean and Belinda

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We have loved every single minute that we spent at Hawklee Country House, a warm thank you to our hostes Dean and Belinda for making us feel at ease. Good food, great facilities and awesome setting.
We shall go back.

Joe and June B

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chamelion224, Owner at Hawklee Country House, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Hi Joe and June, Dean and I are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. It was great to have the Italian Scottish here, as being Scots it was lovely to hear your scottish accent June and the best of all was Joe wearing a kilt, absolutly awesome. You will have to come to the Highland games next year in August so you can hear the bagpipes as well.

We loved hosting such pleasant and friendly guests and look forward to hosting you at Hawklee in the future
Regards
Dean and Belinda

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Thank you to Hawklee House for such an amazing stay. Beautiful surroundings and amazing hospitality, Hawklee House definitely made our 3 year anniversary that much more special. Both myself and Tyrone will be staying at Hawklee House again in the future and will most definitely recommend it to others. Thank you :)

Regards Monique and Tyrone

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chamelion224, Owner at Hawklee Country House, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2013

Hi Monique and Tyrone Thank you for spending your 3rd anniversary at Hawklee and for being such wonderful quests. Although Dean and I were not present that week end we look forward to meeting you in the future. Reg and Rina said you were awesome guests and loved hosting you Regards Dean and Belinda

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