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Gallo Manor Country Lodge
Ranked #10 of 73 Sandton B&B and Inns
Klerksdorp
1 review
“Number one lodge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

I spent 5 nights at Gallo Manor lodge in April 2013. It is quiet and cozy and always feel at home. Everything is clean and enjoyable and the food is excellent as well. Gallo Manor is and was always my number one lodge to stay in.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amelia V
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Lynne T, Owner at Gallo Manor Country Lodge, responded to this review, May 25, 2013
Thank you for your valued review. We look forward to hosting you in the near future.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
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Freiberg am Neckar, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Stayed there in "Out of Africa" suite for 4 nights in May 2013, as my favorite B&B has been sold out. Gallo Manor is on the outskirts of Sandton, close to major highways, in a gated community. They boast 5 stars at the entrance. It is a nice house with beautiful garden and swimming pool, expensive furniture. My room was quite large, with a big corridor leading to the bathroom, that has both a shower and a large tub. They have a de Longhi coffee machine and a good (but not exceptional) breakfast. Some features, however, are definitely not 5 star:

- I arrived on a cold autumn day. The room felt like a fridge. After some problems, an ac hanging over the bed was switched to heating mode and heated up the room. The bathroom with the shower does not have any heating and remained a frosty experience for the whole stay.
- Wireless internet access is absolutely inadequate. Gallo Manor's brochure warns that "excessive use will be charged", but you do not have any chance to use it excessively, as it is incredibly slow. On three days, it was not possible to load emails with attachments.
- The water pipes are quite noisy. I had two occasions when neighbors were using their bathroom just before midnight which definitely interrupted my sleep. In addition, you hear people walking on top of this room, which also happened late at night.

The following points are not really big issues. Again, if you are expecting 5-star perfection, they are a bit astonishing:
- a parking and an entrance that requires considerable driving skills if your car is bigger than a compact
- rather dim lights in the bathroom (when shaving, I like to see what I am doing)
- three of the four wall closets closed and filled with private stuff.

Lynne isfriendly and competent. Breakfast starts at 6.30, which is very convenient if you have to be out early. Shopping center with some restaurants is quite close.

I am usually staying at Thatchfoord lodge, http://www.thatchfoordlodge.co.za/, same area, 4 stars, a bit less elegant if you are looking at the furniture, but with none of the shortcomings described above.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FrequentTravelerD
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Lynne T, Owner at Gallo Manor Country Lodge, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Constructive critisism is of great importance to the effective running of our business and we go to great lengths to address any questions that our guests may have. I am therefore rather surprised that the communication of these issues were not brought to our attention during your stay. I trust that your unfortunate experience will be a learning curve to all concerned and we apologies that we could not reach your expectations.
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Poznan, Poland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

I spent two weeks in this nice and quiet place. Very cozy, clean and enjoyable. You feel welcome and at home. Very good quinine too! I highly recommend it both for business and leisure travels, family trips and celebrations!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DimiterG
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Lynne T, Owner at Gallo Manor Country Lodge, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
It is always a great joy for us when guests we can connect with such appreciation of our facilities and service..
We thank you for your comments and value your review.
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Leamington Spa, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

We only stayed over for two separate nights due to awkward scheduling of our onward flights, but we could not have picked a better place to stay. Sandton is a very 'upmarket' suburb outside of the centre of Johannesburg, in a beautiful estate location. The whole place looks as though it has just been prepared, in pristine condition. The garden and swimming pool ares are lovingly maintained, and the bedrooms and bathrooms are spotless.
As if this wasn't enough, the overwhelming friendliness of Lynne Taylor and her staff was the icing on the cake. Nothing was too much trouble, whether it was getting laundry done at short notice, or organising trips and taxis for us. One evening, the taxi firm were unable to take us into Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton at a suitable time, so Lynne took us in herself! Brilliant customer service!! Would highly recommend Gallo Manor.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tstacey419
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Lynne T, Owner at Gallo Manor Country Lodge, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
We appreciate your kind remarks and are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gallo Manor. We certainly enjoyed hosing you.
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san diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Gallo Manor Lodge is the best place to stay in the Sandton area. It is very clean, secure with very friendly staff and a beautiful surroundings. Lynne is very hospitable and went above and beyond to make sure we had an excellent vacation. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness, friendly staff and beautiful property.
Thanks Lynee!
Sam and Kelly

Room Tip: See if you can book a garden suite- all the rooms are great but this one was my favorite!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kelly d
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Lynne T, Owner at Gallo Manor Country Lodge, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
It was such a pleasure hosing you and Sam during your trip around South Africa. Thank you for your valued review.
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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

Only stayed one night but wished we could have stayed for longer. Gallo manor is a beautiful place to stay out of the hussle and hussle of everything. The room was delightful and luxurious. The back garden is an absolute oasis and is beautifully tended. The pool is just a perfect escape from the sun. Breakfast is yummy as well. Highly recommend.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lynne T, Owner at Gallo Manor Country Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
It was our pleasure to host you. We value your views and are very pleased that your experience at Gallo Manor was such a delight.
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Toronto
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights. We were in the process of moving from Canada to South Africa and Gallo Manor Lodge was exactly what we needed. It offered a stunning property, helpful staff and amazing hosts to make us feel at home.

Lynne and her family were able to help us with everything we needed as we . They were never too busy for us and answered every question we had while offering us the advice we needed during our move.

Breakfast was great - many items to choose from, which meant we had something different every day.

We would recommend Gallo Manor without hesitation.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dbl_k
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Lynne T, Owner at Gallo Manor Country Lodge, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
It was a pleasure to welcome you to South Africa and trust that you will enjoy your new home.
We appreciate your review and wish you well for the future.
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Property: Gallo Manor Country Lodge
Address: 23 Canterbury Crescent | Gallo Manor, Sandton 2191, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Sandton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Sandton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Gallo Manor Country Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between Rivonia, Sunninghill and Woodmead, bordering the prestigious Johannesburg Country Club Golf Course. This popular Guesthouse boasts a secure, tranquil touch of luxury associated with a relaxed homely feel. We pride ourselves on superb excellence in service, and uphold high hospitality standards. Gallo Manor, a Guesthouse of distinction and style, awaits you. ... more   less 
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