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Anchor's Rest
Ranked #1 of 43 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Superb!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Absolutely superb small guest house set in beautiful gardens . The owners and staff could not have been more friendly and helpful . The location is perfect for visiting Umhlanga , being just a 2 minute walk from the bars , restaurants and beach . Highly recommended .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thank you for your review, we do appreciate the time and effort that our guests' take when they send reviews on Ancor's Rest. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the location of our guest house so central. It really is ideal for walking everywhere.

Please do come back for another stay so that you can experience more of Umhlanga Rocks and it's attractions.

Warm regards
Cilla and Peter Rose
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This guest house is well situated - far enough back from the village centre to be quiet but close enough to walk there in 10 minutes. Our garden room was very well appointed, with a large comfortable bed and a terrace equipped with tables and chairs, sun loungers and even a BBQ. Attention to detail thoughout the house is outstanding, with quality fixtures and fittings, great breakfasts and convenient honesty bar. Our hosts were everything we wish for and on hand to offer advice on restaurants etc. Overall Anchor's Rest proved an excellent choice.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thanks very much for your most complimentary review. We are always delighted when we receive good feedback from our guests and it certainly motivates us to carry on delivering a warm welcome, good service and hospitality in true South African style.

We hope that you will return to Umhlanga Rocks for another stay in the near future.

Warm regards
Cilla and Peter Rose
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed just one night at this guest house after our trip to the Zulu Battlefields amd before our
flight from Durban to Cape Town.
The owners were welcoming although we did not see them after our initial meeting.
It seems the day to day running of the front office and breakfast is left to Sandy who was very polite and eager to chat over breakfast.
We enjoyed a cooked breafast to order with ample tea, coffee etc.
The property is well secured in a residential area with electric gates to the parking area.
The guest house is located with a few minutes of the beachfront, bars and restaurants.

Although the bedroom was comfortable, just one comment - the bathroom could do with updating ( gold taps etc - very 1980's)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thank you for your review. We enjoyed meeting you both and chatting to you about your travels and experiences in South Africa. We always appreciate getting feedback from guests who have been to different parts of our wonderful country and have experienced some of the sounds, sights and pleasures of our rainbow nation.

What a pity that you were with us for such a short time as there is a lot to see and do in and around Umhlanga Rocks, but unfortunately you only had one afternoon and evening here. It would be wonderful if we could host you again at Anchor’s Rest, only this time for longer so that we could show you what our area has to offer.

Sandy is our full time Manageress and has been with us for over 11 years. She is an absolute gem as she is so well suited to her job. She is also a qualified Tour Guide, so who better than this to tell you about, or show you the attractions of our area.

Warm regards
Cilla and Peter Rose
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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed March 7, 2013

I had a very pleasant experience, the room was neat and clean, best bed to sleep on, had the nicest breakfast, best omelette i have ever tasted, the best would be the hospitality form Sandy, she was very polite, worst would be, that we had to leave. Would recommend it to anyone.






  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Nicolaas E
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much at Anchor's Rest. I have passed on your lovely compliment to Sandy and she has asked me to please thank you for your kind words.

I tend to agree with you that our omelettes are the best indeed as they are light, fluffy and full of taste. There are lots of other scrumptious dishes on the breakfast menu, so I hope you tried some of these as well.

We really hope that you will come back for another visit at some stage to be able to experience more of our hospitality and of course, more omelettes.

With best wishes for a successful 2013.
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed March 7, 2013

This was our second visit to Anchors Rest following an enjoyable stay in 2010. Booking was easy and we were offered our original room. We were welcomed as old friends and immediately made to feel at home. Peter and Cilla, the owners, have high standards and it was good to see these being maintained. As a result, we had another comfortable and relaxing stay that began with our collection from the airport by an efficient transfer service. Although in a quiet location, the property is situated close to the town centre, which has a good selection of shops and restaurants. Umhlanga Rocks continues to develop as a pleasant beach resort that is unaffected by the bustle of Durban. We intend to return. Roger & Carole E

Room Tip: Rooms near the pool are brighter and some have views of the sea.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Roger E
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your compliments and review of Anchor's Rest. We so enjoy hearing from our guests about their stay at the Guest House and always appreciate receiving compliments and feedback. It was wonderful having you both stay here again and we enjoyed our time with you and catching up on your news.

We are currently embarking on some improvements and additions to Anchor's Rest and hope to be able to show these to you when you return on your next visit. We will be putting the new photos on TripAdvisor so that old and new guests alike can see what we have done at the Guest House.

Looking forward to seeing you both again.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Zurich / Switzerland
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

we enjoyed our stay very much, especially the personal assistance of Peter and his wife (the owner) was outstanding. nice clean pool and friendly living room with bar and fire place. good value all over. Alfred Ammann

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alfred A
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review on Anchor's Rest. It was good meeting you and being able to show you warm hospitality and personalised service the South African way. We so enjoy meeting people from overseas and hearing news from other parts of the world.
We trust you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in S.A. and that you will return for another memorable holiday.

Warm regards
Cilla and Peter Rose
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Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed for 5 idyllic days in the glorious haven perched on the hill, a view of the sea over Bougainvillea hedges and Hibiscus trees waving in the breeze. I knew from the website that the rooms and facilities would be more than delightful and entirely suitable for our needs, but I didn't anticipate the endless additional amenities and considerations which made our stay more than comfortable. Beach umbrellas, pool towels, sufficient crockery and cutlery, hair dryers and lavender drawer sachets, scented candles and magazines changed on a weekly basis. A wealth of fresh white towels, a glorious breakfast worth wresting oneself from the pristine linen, and hosts who bent over backwards to ensure we had what we needed. Our rooms were spacious, very clean, and cheerful. The bathroom vast, soaps and shampoos refilled daily, secure parking and an easy stroll to the action, a thoroughly delightful interlude.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Thank you so much for your most eloquent review. It was an absolute pleasure having you and your mom stay at Anchor's Rest whilst on your journey down memory lane to your land of birth. It was great chatting to the two of you and finding out about life in Canada and Carolina. We would love to have the opportunity to visit you both one day and see your beautiful countries.

We were delighted that you enjoyed all of our extra touches at the Guest House as we so enjoy spoiling our guests and seeing that they are well cared for.

We certainly hope we will see you and your mom - and perhaps your family at Anchor's Rest as it would be wonderful to meet the rest of the family.

Warm 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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