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Fynbos Ridge Country House & Cottages
Ranked #16 of 81 Plettenberg Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kent
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41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A very special place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2009

Fynbos Ridge has always been special but now that the new owners have taken over Brian and Liz have brought a new dimension to the property. They and manager Martin could not have done more to enhance our stay. The cottages have been completely refurbished in a more modern style with flat screen TVs and new DVD players in every cottage- particularly useful for a long stay. There is an in house laundry service and best of all Brian is a superb cook. As well as dinners in the country house Brian was wiling to cook for us and deliver to the cottage, even cooking when we entertained, and the charges were very reasonable. We felt so at home.
Brian and Stuart went fishing many mornings-they didn't catch much but it is a mark of how friendly and inclusive they are as a family. They have invested a great deal in Fynbos Ridge and so deserve to succeed.
A month wasn't long enough and we left with great sadness.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Maidenhead,Berkshire,UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2009

To sit on the terrace and hear nothing but the beautiful birds singing in the lovely garden was absolute bliss. The service was excellent and our room one of the best we have stayed in our 3 weeks in South Africa. The owners and Martin the manager could not have been more welcoming and were always checking we had everything we required. The views from the pool over the uninterrupted countryside are absolutely stunning.We can not wait to go back.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reading
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100 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2008

This rural property is about 5 km from Plettenberg Bay, easy to find, and feeling safe with a night guard for security. The new owners have beautifully refurbished the cottages and some of the rooms in the manor house.

A superb breakfast is provided looking out on the terrace, where birdlife is abundant. By arrangement, Brian will cook an excellent evening meal.

Martin has been the manager here for many years, and is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He can assist with activities, restaurants, or arrange food supplies for the self-caterers.

The owners, management and staff are very friendly, and deserve every success with the improvements they have made.

  • Liked — Garden setting and rural views.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Jacntone
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Dublin
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96 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2008

We stayed at Fynbos Ridge Lodge for two nights. The luxurious touches were fantastic. We had a beautiful room in the main house (there are self-catering cottages in the garden), the view was amazing and one could not want for any more little touches in the room, from fresh meadow flowers to fresh fruit , soaps, water and complimentary soft drinks in the minibar., even an iron and ironing board although laundry can be done for you with a sameday service.
Paul and Sally Falla have run this lodge for fourteen years and they do an amazing job and we were privileged to have shared with them their last weekend as owners before their retirement on the 31st of January.
Guests get invited to the lounge each evening for complimentary drinks and then on the evenings they do dinner (which were three evenings a week) they dined with their guests too albeit at seperate tables after which guests can then have a complimentary digestif in the lounge before bed...delightful!!
As Sally and Paul drive off (in their Morgan) into the sunset the new owners take over on Feb 1st '08 and good luck to them, they have a hard act to follow but with manager Martin's input and guidance I would hope the service will remain the same. For me though I'd be reluctant to return for fear it might'nt be as soon and shatter the memory. It was really beautiful.

  • Liked — The extra touches of luxury and the family ambience in the evenings.
  • Disliked — Weather was changeable!!!!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank suzieblue48
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2007

Heaven has a new name: Fynbos Ridge. Everything about this place is perfect, from the extra helpful, friendly owners, unobtrusive service and staff, luxuriously appointed accommodation and dreamlike setting... Fynbos Ridge has the most peaceful swimming pool and grounds I've ever met. I left a little piece of my soul behind in this paradise and I'm almost reluctant to write about it because it feels like a secret that should be treasured. Owners Sally and Paul bend over backwards to accommodate every little request and helped us plan a trip that took in all the fantastic sights and activities along what is known as the garden route of South Africa because it's so beautiful. Here's another little-known secret: the food in South Africa is some of the best in the world and it all starts with breakfast at Fynbos Ridge which is a splendid affair, almost as beautiful as the setting. I know I'm raving but this place, its people and the feeling it sent me home with, were all so memorable I'll go back again and again. My only advice is not to delay your booking because all their guests keep going back. I guess that says more about Fynbos than I ever could.

  • Liked — Luxurious, stylish, thoughtful
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank sfair
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Markham, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2007

Date: Feb 12th 2007
Reviewer: J. Lindsay, Markham, Canada.
I have just returned from a vacation in South Africa and spent 4 nights at Fynbos Ridge Country House. The location and setting is splendid and the staff tremendous. The owners, manager and and other staff members were so pleasant, helpful and made sure that nothing was a problem. We stayed in the Country House and the accomodation was exceptional, Comfortable , spacious and very tastefully decorated. While we did not stay in any of the cottages, we had the opportunity to view them and the same high quality applies to them.
Breakfast, sundowners and dinner was 1st class and I would strongly recommend this property to anyone visiting the Western Cape

  • Liked — Spaciousness, decoration
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fynbos Ridge Country House & Cottages

Property: Fynbos Ridge Country House & Cottages
Address: Look For Brown Road | 7km after Plett turnoff, heading to CPT from PE, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fynbos Ridge Country House & Cottages 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fragrant Fynbos. Spectacular mountain views. Abundant birdlife. Relax and unwind. We invite you to experience our magnificent Private Nature Reserve. Choose between a luxurious suite in the gracious Cape-style Manor House or a spacious, secluded self-catering cottage. Delicious dining and alfresco breakfasts are available. 5-star TGCSA graded. Carbon Neutral Approved. ... more   less 
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