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“Very comfortable stay.”
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Anchor's Rest
Ranked #1 of 43 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
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“Very comfortable stay.”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

We enjoyed mostly the privacy of our room. Very self contained and beautifully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, large bathroom and comfortable bedroom. The hosts were warm and friendly and all in all the B&B was well located although a bit of a walk to the beach and restaurants. We would definitely consider another stay.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you for your lovely review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you would like to return for another visit.

We do have a lot of regular guests as they also appreciate the privacy of the large guest rooms and the furnishings and fittings, which does make for a relaxing and comfortable stay.

When you next come to stay with us, we hope that you will find your stroll into the centre of Umhlanga easier, as the Guest House is 200 metres from about 20 restaurants and 400 metres from the beach. On a hot day, walking anywhere isn't too pleasant however and Umhlanga does have many, hot humid days in summer.

It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

I stayed here for only one night on route to the battlefields of Natal, my only regret is that i didn't stay longer!
The accomodation was perfect - clean, homely and ideally located to enable me to walk within a few minutes into the village which has a host of great places to relax.
Breakfast was excellent and Peter was the perfect host, providing local information when i needed it.
If you're after accomodation in this area look no further!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you for your great review. It's always so pleasing for us when our guests enjoy staying at Anchor's Rest and just as importantly, that they enjoy the facilities of Umhlanga, of which there are many to enjoy.

You are one of the many guests who have complimented us on our wonderful breakfasts, so thank you for mentioning the great breakfasts.

Peter is indeed a fountain of knowledge about the area and loves sharing information with guests so as to enhance their stay in our 'little piece of paradise'.

Next time, please do stay with us longer, so that we can get to know you better.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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cape town
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

I rate the Anchor's rest one of the Best value for money places i stayed in!! The rooms are absolutly stunning. Everything you need and more. The swimming pool is magnificant.Our flight got delayed.so we where greeted by the owner, even afterthe late book in time. What a wonderfull atmosphere. The only down side was that we satyed the one night. the next trip upto umchlanga i konw where we going to stay!!!!Well worth the money!!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Cilla and Peter were very friendly and welcoming. We stayed for three nights and had the two garden rooms for us and our older children.The rooms were spacious, clean, very comfortable and well-equipped, and as we were on the lower level we had our own patio areas that were very secluded.it was a very short walk to the beach and the great choice of restaurants that come alive at night! The guest lounge is really comfortable, and the "honesty" bar is a nice touch, giving guests a comfortable area to have a quiet drink. Breakfast was fantastic - such a varied choice, and so much to eat!! We would definitely recommend Anchors Rest, and hope to return again one day.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Thank you very much for your review, which we greatly appreciate. We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed the privacy and gardens of the two garden suites, which are indeed ideal for a family or two couples travelling together. Glad that you enjoyed our breakfasts and that you didn't put on any extra weight.

It always 'warms our hearts' when guests enjoy Umhlanga Rocks as we are passionate about our 'village' and love it when other people discover how wonderful it is.

Please do visit us again soon as it is great for us to get to know our guests better when they return for repeat visits.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I've been to Umhlanga twice, tried several B&Bs, and this one is definitely the best one!!

The design is so well done that you feel that you have all the place to yourself! we chose the yellowood room, which is on a lower level, has its own patio (along with a braai facility!), directly on the garden, where there's a door that leads directly to the street.You really feel like the whole place is yours!! (unlike another B&B in the area, where all the room were tiny and next to one another, and the noises from all the house were heard!)
The room is very spacious, complete with a kitchenette including everything you could possibly need!
The owners, Cilla and Peter, are the nicest ever. I was shocked to read a reviewer complain about Peter because he was very welcoming and friendly!
the location is brilliant, a 2 minute walk to what the locals call "the village" which is basically the attraction area at night, boasting with vibrant bars and numerous restaurants, a woolies and checkers.
it's also a 3 minute walk to the lovely beach.
it was perfect!! Will always stay there if ever in Umhlanga!

Room Tip: The Yellowood room was really great!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the peace and privacy of the large, luxury rooms, as we do feel that this is something special about Anchor's Rest as these rooms are self contained and offer so much to our guests.

We are also delighted that you enjoyed the accessibility of our 'village' and all of the wonderful facilities that it has to offer.

You were great guests and we enjoyed sharing our Guest House with you. We are looking forward to seeing you both again - hopefully soon.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stayed for one night - our first in South Africa - we could not have asked for a more accommodating & friendly welcome - the team provide an excellent service - from the charming rooms to the delicious breakfast - the house itself is in a quiet residential street close to the centre of Umhlanga Rocks - a safe & easy walk to the many bars & restaurants ...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
We are so pleased that you had a good start to your new life in South Africa. Umhlanga Rocks is a great place to visit, even better to live here as many of our guests have described it as 'a little piece of paradise'.

We certainly hope that you will continue enjoying your life here and that your new business venture is going well. Thank you for choosing Durban as your city of choice to start this exciting business venture.

We so enjoyed having you stay with us and learning more about you. We wish you all the best and every success for the future. Unfortunately you won't be staying with us again as you now live here, but if family or friends ever need a bed, we are just up the road from your new home.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Malawi
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Myself (Mathias Phiri) and Alex mwale, both Malawians, sought accommodation at Anchor's Rest for 7 nights, between 29th July and 5th August 2012. There is a wonderful team at this guest house. They are very friendly, generous and caring.
The place is well secured hence the stay is always comfortable. The meals (breakfast) are fantastic as well.
Anchor's Rest is in the heart of Umhlanga town and close to the beach, Indian ocean. So, recreation and shopping are very conducive.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 have access to the lovely garden
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, August 9, 2012
We hope your trip back home to Malawi was without incident and that you both arrived home safely. We are delighted that you have mentioned our wonderful breakfasts as guests have frequently said our breakfasts are the best that they have had. We are also pleased that you enjoyed our lovely garden rooms.

As these two visits were business visits, we hopefully look forward to seeing you with your family next time.

Regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Property: Anchor's Rest
Address: 14 Stanley Grace Crescent, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Anchor's Rest 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anchor’s Rest is a small, friendly, relaxed guest house with the emphasis on peace, tranquillity and the personal touch. Whether you are on holiday or business, we will provide you with an ideal retreat and a warm welcome.Tropical gardens, sparkling pool, warm ambience and excellent service await you at Anchor's Rest, located in the centre of Umhlanga Rocks. An easy walk to the shops, restaurants, coffee bars, beaches and vibrant night life. The Guesthouse boasts four fully appointed en-suite bedrooms all of which are Wireless Internet enabled, with all the luxury and comfort for which we have become renowned.Each suite is delightfully furnished and has every modern facility, convenience and comfort - including air-conditioning and heating, king size bed with cool cotton percale linen, complimentary bathroom toiletries, hospitality tray, books and magazines for guests’ reading pleasure, personal safe and hairdryer. All rooms lead directly to the pool or garden and have private entrances.A full English or Continental Breakfast is served every morning.After a busy day sight-seeing, or sun tanning on the beach, relax around a sparkling pool, enjoying the magnificent weather and warm hospitality of the hosts. In the evening, bar-b-que under the stars, dine al fresco in the gardens, or stroll into Umhlanga to enjoy a variety of cuisine at any number of good quality restaurants.Secure off street parking is provided, airport transfers, car hire and private tours can be arranged. Solar heated swimming pool. Visa, MasterCard and Diners credit card facilities. Daily laundry service. Children 10 years and older are welcome. ... more   less 
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