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White House Lodge
Ranked #1 of 36 White River B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

We staied In white house lodge only 4 days this august, but it seemed that we have been living there always. The owners are very friendly, the place is fantastic, the roum where we slept always clean, everyday.
You can eat at lunch and diner very well i this place quiet e very clean, because Susann is a very clever cook!!
I do reccomend White House Lodge!! Wonderful place where being in relax, enjoy yourself, seeing fantastic location (the Kruger Park is near about 30 km from the house).

Giovanni Tortoreto

Room Tip: The family room is very wide and silent.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

My husband and I stayed here from the 8th to 11th August. We read the reviews prior to staying here and where not dissappointed! We where able to take our dog with us and at first we where a little apprehensive on the type of room, but we where very suprised as our room was really nice, the view wasnt that great, but that didnt bother us. The room was clean and well stocked with hospitality products. We got fresh towels every day!! and the room was immaculate. The staff where very very friendly. Overall would definitely reccommend this and if taking your dog, ring them prior to travelling as they our dog friendly.

Room Tip: If you like a scenic view as prior to your visit
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

Wow amazing place! Great hosts who couldn't do enough for us. The evening fire was lovely and made us feel at home. Really enjoyed the breakfasts and the lovely scenary. Kids loved the pool. Would definitely stay again - fantastic start to our holiday!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Gothenburg
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

This is a beautiful place, but a bit hard to find. We got immediate contact with the owners when we booked and could reserve dinner in advance. It all seemed really nice and well organised. We had a hard time finding the place so we called and they directed us by phone to the place. We were travelling from Sweden and upon arrival it was obviouse the owners were german. This much I knew from the email conversation. But for the woman to greet us with "Uh, you don't look swedish" This was not just an inappropriate comment but also very rude. We didn't really know what to say. Should we appoligize for beeing swedish with dark hair? This kind of set the mood for our (fortunately short) stay over night. She informed us that the dinner was to be served in 15 min from our arrival and we had no time to take a shower!!! This beeing after a long drive from Kruger (because of worker's strike in the park and having to drive to another gate to exit Kruger). We accepted this. The food and wine was fine but we couldn't shake this feeling we were not welcome. She had previously informed me there would be another swedish group on the premises but beeing of the wrong colour in the hostess mind, even when a member of their group had a medical issue (and me beeing a doctor from Sweden) the owner knowing this didn't even mention it to the group and tried to advice them herself! It was really pathetic. The room was clean and the breakfast was all right but comments about people's looks or race when they're your customers... I really lack words to describe this. The price was all right but I regret wasting one night here and having this experience. I won't go back if I got paid to stay there and I totally agree with the viewers saying that the atmosphere is full of distrust and you're not welcome here specially if you're not white!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Whitehouselodge, Owner at White House Lodge, responded to this review, July 22, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your comment regarding your stay in our guest house.
I just want to comment on the things that you got a negative feeling about during your stay in February 2012.

Finding us:
We are situated out of town in a rural farming area. Unfortunately the road hasn’t got a proper street name. So we know it is very difficult sometimes to find us especially if it is getting dark.
According to the South African Law we are only allowed to put up a few signs at marked places to show the direction to our guest house. This is a very strict law and it would be illegal to put up more signs. We are now adding directions, coordinates and a Google map to all our confirmation e-mails to help the guests finding us easier.

Not welcome:
I’m also very sorry that you got the feeling that you would have been only a welcomed guest if you would have had the correct hair colour.
In the past 7,5 years we did welcome guests from all around the world. From Canada, North America, Central and South America, whole of Europe, China, Northern and Central Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Christians, Muslims, Hindi, White, Black and Coloured people,
Guests with high education but also basic workers.
Rich people and people with a low budget.
For us there is no difference if people look not like we expected it to be. All guests are the same.

Dinner:
You did book for dinner with us that night. Unfortunately we are only a very small guest house. So we do only dinners with pre arrangement as every meal is prepared fresh.
As not being a Hotel with plenty of staff and having already 10 guests for dinner with a 3 course meal it is getting very difficult for us to serve dinner at several times.
That was the only reason that we did ask you to come within a short time of you’re arrival.

So I’m sorry that your overall feeling was not as it should be. We would have appreciated if you would have mentioned it to us immediately as if we can only do better if people let us know.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

My partner & I (after 5 days in Southern Sth. Africa, 5 days in Swaziland and 8 days in Kruger) spent a single night at White House Lodge due to its close proximity to the airport as we were flying into Zambia the following day. If we'd known before hand what to expect we'd have stayed a few days and relaxed. While House Lodge is a beautiful place, lovely rooms, gardens and gracious hosts who cooked & presented us a meal that we can only describe as a wonderful dining experience. We'll definiately stop by should we travel to Zambia and Zimbabwe again as we hope. Yeah, White House Lodge was a really pleasant surprise :-)

Glenn and Jan, Melbourne, Australia

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

Stayed only one night after a 6:30pm flight from Livingstone, Zambia. Large sign indicating the B&B from the road. Drove up a short distance on a dirt road and was met with an iron gate. Unfortunately the intercom was not working. We did not have a mobile phone to call, but was able to catch another guest coming out who then phoned the owner who then opened the gate.

Once there, it was beautiful. Great location on top of a hill, beautiful main house. We stayed in a beautiful room that was large enough for a sitting area. It had a refrig and cofee or tea could be made there. Very quiet. Very nice complete breakfast in the am. Very nice and helpful owner.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chorleywood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

We came from Kruger to White House Lodge and found directions hard (phoned Lodge twice to get help). Long drive up to the Lodge was impressive and the bungalow we stayed in was superb - large bed, wonderful 2 chairs and our own patio! Breakfast was buffet and hot and we were not rushed. Sat on the swing seat and admired the view - 180 degree view, really spectacular. They do not serve evening meals but recommended a bar restaurant just down the road which was great - and busy!

My only regret was that we did not stay longer - I can highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: White House Lodge
Address: PO Box 4490 | White River, White River 1240, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in White River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — White House Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
White House Lodge is situated 5 km out of White River close to Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon and offers you comfortable and affordable accommodation. Enjoy the magnificent views and tranquility of our place. Relax at our pool area or let us spoil you with international food and South African wines. ... more   less 
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