So last weekend we took a "short-left" to the peaceful surrounds of the Umtentweni river and stayed at the historical Royston Hall.
We were welcomed by the two, my girlfriend calls them "horse-dogs", of the biggest Dalmation dogs we've ever seen and the very friendly Ria.
The meals were superb throughout our stay, with supper served with a lovely bottle of wine.
Overall, this was a very peaceful stay from the time you drive in; with so much greenery overlooking the river and the calming sound of birds chirping.
We round up our stay with a 3.4km hike on Sunday morning offered by the Conservancy and recommended by Ria. This hike leads you to the Whale watching deck where we enjoyed a beautiful sea-breeze, although we didnt spot any whales :-)
A truly lovely stay and one I'd definitely repeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royston Hall Guesthouse - circa 1897 - is a stately Victorian Manor House graded as 'Superior' by AA Tourism Grading and listed with the Historical Council. We have two resident Great Danes and a Siamese cat who will welcome you and add to the homeliness of Royston Hall. Nestling in its own small Private Nature Reserve it overlooks the Umzimkulu Estuary with the Indian Ocean twinkling in the distance. This romantic property lends itself to a place of quiet rest. We offer only 4 double rooms and 4 bathrooms for maximum of 8 guests at any time to ensure exclusivity. Regret no children. This YOUR time! ... more less
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