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The Colonial on Arundel
Ranked #3 of 8 Sunland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 27, 2010

We had a very nice stay by Molly and Connor. It is a beautifull Bed & Breakfast. Molly is a very nice and helpfull lady and gave us many tips. She also made us a very nice breakfast with lots of fresh fruites. Her housband Connor is a game driver and showed us the Addo-park. He told us a lot about the elefants and about the other animals of the Addo-park. Really beautifull, so we can recommend this Bed & Breakfast. When you are interested you can find it in the Portfolio of South-Africa.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2009

We heartily endorse ALL the fantastic things said about The Colonial - it's simply wonderful! Molly and Connor are the perfect hosts and Zack the dog, ably assisted by Rugby, will dissolve the worries of the most dog-fearing of visitors! The comprehensive information and recommendations provided beforehand by Molly were much appreciated, as was the pre-booking of the trips we wished to make. During our recent trip to South Africa we stayed in thirteen excellent guest houses but our three day stay here topped the lot!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 2, 2009

We stayed at The Colonial for 2 nights & had the most wonderful time. Molly & Conor will make you feel so welcome not to mention the reception you will get from Zak. The rooms are comfortable & well appointed with everything you need. We had a wonderful evening meal prepared by Molly, definately up to top restaurant standards. The game drive with Conor was amazing - his enthusiasm is infectious. On Molly's recommedation we also had a lovely meal at Hitgenheim game lodge. The Addo Elephant Back Safari is definately an something you must do whilst in the area. If you viist this area you must stay here.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

We've just returned from our first trip to South Africa and undoubtedly one of the highlights was our stay at The Colonial with Molly and Conor O'Hagan. It all started with a wonderfully warm welcome from Molly which made us feel at home instantly, the hospitality continued that evening with one of Molly's dinners which was excellent and accompanied by Conor's house red which matched any other pinotage that I've tasted. We took a trip the following day to Addo with Conor as our guide, his knowledge and passion for the area is quite inspirational and he certainly made sure that we saw a wide range of animals, finishing off with a glass of wine(or 2) and a snack before returning to the Colonial for a shower and change. Our dinner that evening at a local restaurant was booked by Molly and we were transported by Conor. If you're planning to do Addo this is the way to go!..

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

I spent a few delightful evenings at the Colonial on Arundal and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The guest suites are huge, extremely clean and very well appointed. The bed and other furniture was very comfortable. Set on a working citrus farm, the grounds are beautiful and bird life abounds. Perhaps the best part of staying at the Colonial was the owners, Molly and Conor. Simply delightful people who are very knowledgeable about the history and wildlife of this amazing part of South Africa. I highly recommend staying with these folks.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 7, 2009

We were welcomed by our lovely hosts, Molly and Conor and immediatly felt at home. Our room was warm, cosy and very comfortable and Molly's home cooked food was outstanding. Highlights of our stay were the game - drive with Conor, relaxing in the outdoor bath and taking the dog for a walk around the citrus farms. Molly also organised other trips for us to the cheetah and reptile farms. Highly recommended place to stay!

Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2009

This was a fantastic find. While we looked at several of the luxury lodges in the area - it was our honeymoon trip - we figured that for the time we would actually spend at the accomodation they would not be worth the huge rates they charge. So, we went for something that looked nice on the website, had good reviews, and offered the chance of organised tours of Addo. What we got was the above and much, much more. Molly had already impressed us enormously before we arrived by organising our 2 day game watching itinerary with an impressive degree of detail and thought; what followed can only be described as the best welcome and hospitality that we received on our whole trip. From a lovely card and bottle of wine to celebarate our marriage, tips on restaurants and wonderful tales of their own safari experiences at breakfast we were so glad that we stayed at the Colonial. This would have all been enough for any guest - yet somehow the experience got even better by virtue of the drive we did with Connor, Molly's husband. Conor must have done the drive hundreds of times, yet he made it feel fresh and individual - a rare feat to pull off I would imagine. He knows the park inside out and always seemed to be in the right place to capture the animals in all their glory - including lions protecting the prey they had killed the night before (the fact that we are able to watch the lion's in action as we ate some lovely sandwiches prepared by Molly and a beer made for one of those holiday memories that will stay with us forever!). So, in summary, if you have been lucky enought to stumble accross this guest house on the internet or trip advisor then please, do yourself a favour, and book your stay straight away.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Colonial on Arundel

Address: Arundel Farm, Rietfontein Road | 12 kms from Addo Elephant Park, Sunland, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Sunland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Sunland
Hotel Class:4 star — The Colonial on Arundel 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As the name suggests, "Colonial Africa" is the theme in architecture, decor, setting and atmosphere of The Colonial on Arundel. Nestling in citrus orchards on a working farm, only 10 minutes from the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park, this 4 star 2-suite facility offers understated luxury, coupled with relaxed, friendly attention, and is enhanced by highly acclaimed cuisine. Each suite has private entrance, its own private lounge and private swimming pool. Attention to detail in the suites is a trademark of Molly's personality...luxury guest amenities, toweling gowns, tea & coffee facilities, safes, swimming towels, coffee table books and magazines, alarm clock. In-house safaris with Conor, the owner and a registered guide, to the Addo Elephant National Park, will enhance your African adventure. These tours are undertaken in a air-conditioned vehicle and offer the visitor an experience in wildlife, culture and unforgettable scenery. Conor and Molly have created a truly special place that goes to the very heart of relaxation and comfort. Within easy reach are mountain walks, horse-riding, elephant back safaris, farm excursions, cheetah breeding farm tours and visits into nearby private reserves. The Colonial is truly a place where our guests leave as friends, to return time and time again. The warm welcome feeling extends right down to our Head of Public Relations, Marley the Labrador, who successfully creeps into everyone's heart. Within a 45-minute drive of Port Elizabeth Airport and the beaches, and also the gateway to the Karoo, as well as to the Garden Route to Cape Town, The Colonial on Arundel is truly the desirable Eastern Cape place to be in every respect. Welcome to the real Africa. ... more   less 
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