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Bitou River Lodge
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

We stayed at Sue's beautiful B&B for the last night of our Honeymoon. The rooms are decorated so beautifully and we loved the small flowers on the towels, homemade biscuits and the most delicious pancakes for breakfast I've ever eaten. Sue's warmth and personality is wonderful and wished we could stay longer. For those that visit will completely fall in love with Zinzi

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Our beloved Zinzi! Many thanks!
Sue

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Reviewed January 8, 2011

This place is fabulous if you like peace, nature and animals. Simple rooms next to a lovely small river with free use of a canoe for each room. The friendly alsation dog waited in the garden outside our room each morning to follow us down to the river. Our fault because we befriended him. The early morning sights and sounds on the river are magical. Very abundant birdlife, jumping fish and the occasional mammal ( we heard otters at night but did not see them). Breakfasts are superb and imaginative with lots of little extra homemade delicasies. The lovely owners cannot do too much to help without being in the slightest obtrusive. Plettenberg Bay is probably about a 5/6 km drive away but it is a great place. There is a very good restaurant about 3 km from the lodge but we enjoyed using the provided barbecue ( braie) by the riverside as darkness fell. The SA red wine went down very well here without a doubt!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Here's to you - and your great review!
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

A little late to write this review since we had visited South Africa for the FIFA in July. This place is a beautiful gem, charming and cozy, a slice of paradise, nature at its very best... Sue provided such attention to detail that we grieved to leave...Zinzi, the pet dog, fancied our family and stuck by us loyally throughout our short stay. We must return to Bitou some day since this is probably one of our best experiences in all our travels. I really can't say enough about Bitou River Lodge...

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Thank you so much for a wonderful review!
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

We were travelling with our 22 year old daughter who invited us for a family vacation at a destination of her choice. (She has been on the road since October, 2009). Given that leeway, advance notice of itinerary, and wanting to splurge a bit on her behalf, I researched many places that would fit our mutual needs. Bitou River Lodge (which incidentally is attempting to change its profile to Plettenburg Bay Inn, but having no success on Trip Advisor and elsewhere) was what I thought "would do" for us, money wise and comfort wise.

Well, they went way beyond "would do" for us. First off, Sue was helpful in suggesting a second, separate room for our daughter, at a good discount rather than all being in the same room with a sleep sofa. That offer encouraged us to make Plett Bay our third night and our focus for the area. We couldn't have been more pleased than to put our collective selves in one place, in separate rooms, in order to explore the area.

Starting each day with a wonderful breakfast was really a treat. Now, indeed, I have read numerous breakfast reviews from other TA peeps, and many of you often focus on the variety of available choices. We are not that picky, however I believe any of you would be most certainly impressed with the efforts of Sue. She apparently cooks eggs to order every morning (!), had many fresh baked items (delictable and take them on your hike for refuelling if that is your agenda) and then switched up all the other want to haves: fruit, yogurt, breads, cereals, meats, etc.

To the lodging itself: We absolutely would not have wanted to be anywhere else. Comfortable enough for five stars (but there were thousands of stars in the clear sky over the river) and just right for us. You are on a farm, just a touch removed from Plett Bay itself, so probably one would need a vehicle for getting there. Our beds and linens were top notch. Rooms have refridgerators, tubs and showers. We were there during a drought so I didn't take advantage of the tub (and we shut down the shower to lather up) but it was seductively surrounded with candles. Open patios overlook the river. There is wireless in the main guest area, many books in the library, etc. which is open until one wants because Sue is accomodating that way.

Fun extras: dogs greeting you with tennis balls for tossing to them. Kayaks for going on to the river. (We did this but one can't go very far either direction due to growth, but finding birds is very nice) Chocolates on the pillow for turn down (ok, not special but I didn't expect it here when I booked), homemade lemonade for purchase in the fridge (a bit too expensive for us but I'm VERY particular about my lemonade since I also make my own), wine is available (we brought our own from Stellenbosch so didn't sample) and fresh water every day.

Sue was great in recommending restaurants and made a point in getting us a reservation at some place nearby, on a hill, that was totally slammed and you food peeps will know what it is. We were happy there, but also content at regular joints down in Plett that she suggested. A dinner scene wasn't our cool factor because we were busy out hiking 4-6 hours a day and exhausted early. But we loved the fact that Sue made the effort to get us to (Emily Moon's?) and felt back in the in crowd and fun, which who would have known was up in the hills over Plett?
Yes, we would return.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Thank you for this wonderful review!
Sue

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Reviewed March 23, 2010

In short there are places that one day you will return - this is one. Sue & Co. were special hosts who deserve to reap rewards for their hospitality. Muffins to die for!!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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bitouSue, Owner at Bitou River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2017

Big thank you!
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