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Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage
Ranked #2 of 148 Arusha B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 24, 2007

The environment and especially the garden (with) is a real paradise. Modern very luxury rooms. Ideal place to relax during a safari around arusha or for a stay at the foot of the mount Meru and even the Kilimanjaro. Good service, nice staff an a brilliant chef combining inventivity, Belgian star rated kitchen.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 24, 2007

Onsea House gives you excellent value for money! The rooms are magnificent and every room is different. The food is excellent, by far the best we have eaten in Africa! And last but not least : the hosts - Dirk and Axel - will make you feel really welcome (unlike in some hotels or lodges where service is rather unpersonal). You will not regret staying in Onsea House!!

  • Stayed: November 2005, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2007

I visited Onsea House in June 2007, and reccommended it to a friend who stayed there in September 2007. This small inn is a gem - great location in the hills outside Arusha (only about 15 minutes from town, also convenient for safari transfers and day trips), beautiful grounds, gorgeous rooms, scads of attention from owners and staff, and great food. I can't reccommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 21, 2007

An amazing place- incredible food - lovely rooms - gardens - and view and a very helpful owner. A night there set us up perfectly for our Safari. oh and excellent value compares very favourably with more expensive Arusha coffee lodges.

Stayed: August 2007
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Reviewed June 23, 2007

Onsea House was the perfect place to start our amazing honeymoon in Tanzania. Our room was spotlessly clean, nicely furnished and had a great view. The real highlight of our stay at Onsea was the food - unpretentious gormet cooking with the freshest and tastiest of ingredients and the best value as wine is included in the price! Local people come here to dine and if you decide to, book a few days in advance. We have been telling all the people we met on our travels in Tanzania how lovely this place is and will definitley keep reccommending it. The only downside is that all our other accommodation didn't compare!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2007

If you’re planning a trip to the East African region, this great ‘country inn and guest cottage’ is worth the detour. Set in the wonderful green hills of Arusha, Onsea House is a true combination of great hotel service, very personal hospitality and a genuine European ‘home’ feeling. Dirk and Inneke Janssens-Onsea have created a Belgian diamond in Tanzania. Onsea House has it all: exclusive, contemporary design of the rooms with African flair, furniture, garden and pool; a team of 12 people to service the guests (only 5 rooms, of which 2 luxury suites, fresh flowers included); and above all the greatest food, prepared with plenty of soul and professionalism by Dirk’s nephew, Axel Janssens, a Belgian chef who combines the best of African and Belgian worlds in very creative dishes and challenging menus. We had lobster, lamb, ginger and carrot soup, Italian pastas with ‘flagolets’, home made ice cream: the best local vegetables and fruit make each dish a true delight.

Dirk and Axel are not just ‘running a lodge’: they consider it essential that every guest has the best time ever. Breakfast, lunch or dinner: you decide when! By the way: prices are low compared to European standards, and the best South African wines are included in the dinner, which is normally four courses.

They also organize the best safari tours in the region: we did Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro, accompanied by a great lunch box, carefully prepared by Axel and his staff.

We stayed one week in Onsea House and we can’t stop profusing in superlatives. Someone should create a fan club for these people, because this is so marvelous: they give you the best idea of Africa, while you feel at home and get overwhelmed by tastes, senses and impressions that you never noticed in Europe.

We will be back!

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2007

We stayed one week in this beautifully arranged boutique hotel in Arusha. Dirk and Axel are the 2 owners of this guest house of which Dirk is a superb host, and Axel is cooking as a top chef.
We originally planned to go out eat at night, but Axel menu was to appealing and a pleasure for our senses.
The house itself has all comfort, and the rooms are very cosy and spacious and delivered as we saw the pictures on the onsea house website (----). The well maintained garden and swimming pool where a perfect moment or relaxation and refreshment
We can recommend this lodge to everyone looking for a stay where you feel like home

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank Everjean
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Additional Information about Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage

Address: Baraa Road | Moivaro, Moshono Village, Arusha 1259, Tanzania (Formerly Onsea House & Machweo Retreat)
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 148 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
Price Range: $228 - $328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage is voted the best luxury bed and breakfast in Arusha and recommended by several experts as only boutique hotel and hip hideaway in the Arusha/Kilimanjaro region. Enjoy greater comfort and better food than any other guesthouse or restaurant, with more personalized service than in a hotel and more privacy than a lodge resort. Onsea House can be your home base for safaris across northern Tanzania. Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining offers the guests since September 2011 in total 9 extra spacious rooms, a second swimming pool with sauna and steam bath and a beautiful patio terrace to enjoy a tasty lunch or a candlelight dinner. ... more   less 
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