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“Special Retreat”
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Interior, Merlin's Cottage
Seasonal farm produce
Kitchen, Merlin's Cottage
'Farm manager' Kashmir, Merlin's Cottage
Exterior, Merlin's Cottage
Exterior, Merlin's Cottage
Anglo-Arab horses, Angels Rest Farm
Angels Rest Farm
Watsonia (fynbos) by the lily pond, Angels Rest Farm
Lily pond, Angels Rest Farm
Seasonal proteas, Merlin's Cottage
Seasonal water hole, Angels Rest Farm
Egyptian geese at the waterhole, Angels Rest Farm
Bushbuck visiting, Angels Rest Farm
Meadow fynbos in summer, Angels Rest Farm
Maya, Angels Rest Farm
Sunset over Angels Rest Farm
Seasonal proteas, Merlins Cottage
Angels Rest Farm
Angels Rest Farm
Rhode Island Red, Angels Rest Farm
Angels Rest Farm
Sun rise over Angels Rest Farm
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

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Ngoko
UK
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9 reviews
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“Special Retreat”
Reviewed May 23, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

From my initial enquiry Liz was so incredibly friendly and helpful. She helped to recommend other arrangements along the Garden Route and made some excellent suggestions for good birding spots locally. My business partner and I were looking forward to our 3 night stay after a conference in Durban and neither of us was disappointed. The cottage has panoramic views over fields with horses, surrounded by woodland. It is an ideal location for exploring the Knysna/Plettenberg Bay area (make sure you do your shopping for provisions in one of the towns beforehand). The rooms are comfortable and well equipped (a hairdryer may be a good addition?) and there is even an electric blanket on the main double bed for the colder nights. The welcome from Liz and Hannes was very friendly and welcoming, with a complementary basket of eggs and fresh herbs. In my view the cottage represents superb value for money and a very peaceful retreat. We will have some very special memories of exploring the farm itself and relaxing around the log burner after a day outdoors. Given that Hannes is such a good cook an idea for the future may be to offer "Braai packs" for guests where everything is provided but they cook themselves in their own Boma. We came across this in other self-catering places and found it a great idea.

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Liked best: The peaceful nature of the property
Liked least: The cold! Wood burner made the kitchen/lounge very cosy and the electric blanket made a big difference but I personally feel the cold and on chilly winter nights a bit of extra heating would be ideal - although firewood and hot water was plentiful
Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
May 22, 2013
Thanks Fiona, I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay in Merlin's Cottage. Thanks too for your great suggestion of a braai pack for guests. We hope to see you again. I'm sure we have some bird species you didn't spot yet! PS A hair dryer should be in the main bedroom... perhaps it has gone walkabout - thanks for letting us know!
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Andy19074...
Newbury, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Very, vey special”
Reviewed May 7, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

Well, its hard to describe, but Merlin's Cottage at Angles Rest is an experience we will not forget, a wonderful three day stop in this special place, and not least because of the kindness and hospitality of Hannes. The fresh eggs (literally collected from the hens), the home made jam (we recommend the tomato jam...really), sitting around the fire pit with the lights off and a million stars above, as Hannes story telling brought the local characters and all the animals to life. Feeding carrots to the horses, sitting at the lily pond. If its absolute luxury you crave this probably is not for you, but for us it was a wonderful and unforgettable few days.

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Cape Town
Reviewed March 27, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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UK
Reviewed March 13, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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Canada
Reviewed February 21, 2013 for a stay in January 2013

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Germiston
Reviewed January 24, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

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Management Response
Jan 24, 2013
Thanks Ana, we're really glad you enjoyed your time in Merlin's Cottage and happy you are planning another visit. We look forward to seeing you all again! Liz
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gordonbur...
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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“Super peaceful, well equipped country cottage, highly recommended”
Reviewed January 21, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

Merlins Cottage is fab. Only 10 minutes drive from Plett and 20mins from Knysna. We stayed for 7 nights and used it as a base. Its great to have the horses come round the veranda looking to be petted and fed carrots. The horses also nudge the window in the morning hoping you'll open it and give them some attention. Look out for Mya, she's the "boss" as my daughter described her :).
Liz and Hanes were very friendly & helpful. We had fresh eggs & herbs on arrival. There are useful essentials in the well equipped kitchen such as spices, jams etc that come in really useful when self catering. Merlins Cottage is fresh, bright, clean, spacious, a perfect rental. Lots of woodland to walk around and explore. super peaceful. It set the standard for the rest of our holiday. We travel frequently and have fairly high expectations, so Merlins Cottage is recommended, we would definitely return if we're back in the area.

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Liked best: the countryside around the cottage, quality & cleanliness of cottage
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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