My wife and I had booked the Farm House and adjacent West Suite at Bonnievale River Lodge for a weekend catch-up with two old friends. At first, everything seemed fine - very picturesque, adjacent to a large camp-site which, in turn, gives on to the Breede River. But as the weekend wore on, one missed detail after another let the experience down. Dog poop right outside our door - not picked up; rooms not serviced; a dishwasher that didn't work properly; bathroom windows without curtains; the tiniest of wall-mounted TVs in the main room; and finally, no hot water on the second morning. There's building underway and the kitchen door was sealed up with a mixture of grubby towels, bits of old rag and paper, to prevent the dust getting in. Not very alluring. We were also amazed at the fact that by Saturday morning, the campsite was absolutely bursting at the seams - forget any idea of a gentle stroll down to the river - it was a sea of tents. And many, many, many insects - more of the irritating kind, rather than biting - but if you decide to go, take a good repellent.
On the upside, the staff (the few that we saw) were friendly and the camp-site, despite the large number of people present, was quiet.
Not one to revisit, I'm afraid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylish Self-Catering Accommodationin the Wineland as well as a small camp site (20 sites) bordering the Breede River. Explore the area from this riverside, rural getaway in the country. Swim, fish, canoe in the Breede River or relax at the swimming pool in the vineyards. ... more less
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