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“Love the Drakensburg”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Old Hatchery

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The Old Hatchery
Ranked #2 of 12 Underberg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
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“Love the Drakensburg”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

The Old Hatchery surpassed all our expectations - every one was friendly and helpful,Shelley and her son (very informative regarding fishing and hiking in the area) were always there with a smile:) The food was delicious served in the Pub on the property. The scenery was stunning- we stayed in the house with our family of 10 from all over South Africa and Vancouver Canada- our accommodation was clean, comfortable and very attractive- I recommend The Old hatchery to everyone that enjoys beautiful open spaces, views and wanting to relax - although- nearby attractions are plentyful in particular the trip up Sani Pass- an absolute must!

Room Tip: We stayed in the house with 6 bedrooms on the side of the property, wonderful and quiet and the main...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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NUDShellBell, Owner at The Old Hatchery, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
It was lovely to have you all and to be witness to a family / friend reunion such as yours. Rowen and Brogan still keep in touch and you should see how big Lambie is now!!
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George, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We stayed at the Old Hatchery last month and everything was fantastic. Specious room with balcony and great view, huge bathroom (although I missed some kind of heating) very neat and clean. I would have prefered a handrail at the quite dangerous stairs. The best of all was the restaurant! Amazing food, filling breakfast and EMANUELLE the waiter. He made us feel pampered and extremly comfortable, all guests gathered around the fire place having nice chats. I would not mind to employ Emanuelle as manager for the restaurant and guest house. Thanks to everybody, we'll be back for sure :)

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jblane_12, Owner at The Old Hatchery, responded to this review, June 9, 2013
Hello Helga
We love Emmanuel too!! Far too valuable to let him go anywhere else. You will be very happy to know that we have taken your good advice and put up hand rails going up the stairs in Oak Tree Lodge so when you come again you can happily stay in Oak Tree 6.
Shelley
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Graz, Österreich
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

The Old Hatchery was one option to stay in Underberg area. Most of the accomodations were cheap and looked like that as well. Some of them, good looking - very expensive and for 3 nights not a good choise.
We found the Old Hatchery and it looked quite nice, recommondations high as well. Price per room/night attractive as well. We thought we arrive around 5 p.m., but we didn´t . Check - In closes at 6, and we came around 11 p.m. due to problems with our car, we broke down 100 km before Underberg. The host was so friendly and she watied for us.
The whole stuff is really nice and we enjoyed staying there. Only the rooms were a little bit cold during the night and we needed lots of blankets due to poor heating. BUT: great stay and nice rooms. Big rooms and free WLAN.
The whole area looks great around the Old Hatchery!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

We had a wonderful visit to the Old Hatchery in January. Fantastic hosts, great room with all the creature comforts - including an amazing kitchen for self-catering - and in the middle of the beautiful mountains. The restaurant is awesome - I would highly recommend the brinjal stack!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

We arrived on a could, rainy and misty day. Nobody in the reception so we waited until after several minutes one of the staff came up and led us to our room. A really nice and spacy room and a huge bathroom with a buthtub for two. But no explanations about the facility, the room or the heating. And boy it was cold. Only the next morning we found out about the floorheating. But it took another 24hrs to warm the room. Luckily enough we got a heating fan from the restaurant, so we survived.
The place itself is really nice and a good stop to explore the Umkahlamba/Drakensberg region. We made a tour up the Sanipass to Lesotho and were picked up early in the morning from our tourguide at the Old Hatchery.
The restaurant offers good meals but isn't always open in this time of the year. And other restaurants are quite distant with streets full of potholes. Better don't drive in the dark.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jblane_12, Owner at The Old Hatchery, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Apologies for not being here the day you arrived - annual family dentist visit in Pietermaritzburg. Since 1 May we are back to owner / managing the restaurant and are accessible all the time but we do close every Tuesday so that the staff get some time to spend with their families.
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Property: The Old Hatchery
Address: Drak Gardens Road | P O Box 577, Underberg 3257, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Underberg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Underberg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Hatchery 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable B&B and self-catering accommodation, set in a tranquil country setting just 10km from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg close to Sani Pass. We provide Free parking and fabulous meals off an a la carte menu in our Restaurant which is situated overlooking a waterfall flowing into the trout dam. Located near horse riding trails, mountain biking trails, hiking routes, golf courses, trout fishing waters and of course the infamous Sani Pass. We are situated 1 hour from Howick on the N3, 1 hour from Kokstad, making Underberg the ideal location from which to explore the majestic mountains of the Southern Drakensberg. We are on the route between Johannesburg and seaside resorts of the South Coast and Wild Coast making this the ideal location to stop over for a night. We offer bed and breakfast, room only, self catering and full board options in our various units: Oak Tree Lodge has 6 en suite bedrooms all with bath and shower and 1 family suite with 2 bedrooms and a bath. All these rooms have TV with DSTV. Restaurant: All breakfasts for our B&B guests are catered for in the restaurant which overlooks the waterfall and trout dam, offering spectacular sunset views for before dinner drinks. Reasons to come to Underberg: Guided Sani Pass 4x4 trips, breathtaking mountain hiking, horse riding trails, trout fishing, birding, flower walks, Sani2C, mountain biking, Drak Challenge, canoeing, Drak 250, off road racing, equestrian events, Splashy Fen, golf tours, San rock art, Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer!!! The Restaurant has free wifi (albeit a bit slow at times)available for guests. What to bring: Passport for your trip up Sani Pass into Lesotho ... more   less 
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